Monday, April 16, 2007

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is gathered in New Zealand from the manuka bush, Leptospermum scoparium, which grows throughout the country. Manuka honey is being used on patients with wounds which have not responded to standard treatments. A successful trial of active manuka honey on unresponsive skin ulcers was recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. Staff at a hospital in Australia recently used active manuka honey as a wound dressing on a patient for whom honey without UMF ("Unique Manuka Factor") had failed.
Manuka honey has an antibacterial activity due primarily to hydrogen peroxide formed in a "slow-release" manner by the enzyme glucose oxidase present in honey, which can vary widely in potency. Some honeys are no more antibacterial than sugar, while others can be diluted more than 100-fold and still halt the growth of bacteria. The difference in potency of antibacterial activity found among the different honeys is more than 100-fold.

Too good to be true? Apparently not.

1 comment:

  1. Manuka honey is actually one of the natural remedies with some proper research behind it, primarily led by the work of P Molan at the University of Waikato Honey research unit. It is important to note that not all manuka honey is equal. Each batch is independently tested for its antibacterial level. The successful use of this honey in wound healing and other areas comes from use of manuka honey that has been rated a UMF 10+ or higher.
    People who are interested, should ensure they look for an active manuka honey , and that it has to have a tested level of 10 or higher to be given the UMF label.