Dec 5, 2012

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Manuka Honey

Dear Europaman,

I’ve been hearing a lot about manuka honey lately. What’s so great about it?

Kyle, Gym Owner

 

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Manuka honey comes from the manuka tree, found in New Zealand and Australia. It’s used in a variety of products, from tasty treats to medicinal and antibacterial ointments to skincare products.

Origins of the miraculous manuka honey

In Australia manuka honey is classified as a therapeutic good thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains an antibacterial potency that’s 10 to 50 times more powerful than regular honey. It might look the same as the stuff we have in the U.S., but it’s no ordinary honey!

People in New Zealand and Australia have been using it for ages to help heal minor cuts and scrapes. A study from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff found that manuka honey interacts with three bacteria that commonly infect wounds, which hinders the chance of infection. Some studies even point to it as a possible salve to treat superficial burns. Many pharmacies in New Zealand actually refer to it as “medihoney.”

It’s tasty too!

So is this stuff safe to eat? You bet. Manuka honey has an earthy, aromatic flavor with richness slightly more sharp than normal honey. It’s a great carbohydrate replacer, perfect for endurance athletes. A quick shot of a manuka honey-based product can deliver the sustained pure energy you need to stay in the game. Of course it’s also great for sweetening tea, coffee and other foods and beverages.

The takeaway is that manuka honey is like a more powerful version of your local honey and can be used in the same ways. Because of that, demand for the super honey is high. Given the limited availability-it mainly grows in New Zealand-raw manuka honey can be a bit more expensive than the normal stuff. There are however, a wide variety of affordable products with manuka honey as a key ingredient.

Yours in Good Health,

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