Using Manuka Honey As Medicine. Treat Diabetes, Inflammation and Cancer
Honey is truly a gift from the busy bees, and it has numerous uses that we’ve so widely enjoyed. It has played a significant role in cultures around the world throughout the history, both as a desired food and an important medicine.
Manuka trees grow almost exclusively in the Eastern Cape region of New Zealand. Manuka honey is derived from the nectar collected by bees feeding off these trees (Leptospermum scoparium) in New Zealand. This kind of honey has been labeled as a superfood, deservedly. Namely, honey collected from these trees contains a unique set of antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiseptic, digestive, antioxidant, overall health properties.
Manuka honey has enormous benefits for the health. It has been primarily used in New Zealand by native Maori who considered it to be a native medicine. They valued its numerous medicinal benefits (for the treatment of flu, fever, colds, skin diseases, ulcers and believe it or not it manuka honey can be used for treating some types of cancer).
When Captain James Cook discovered New Zealand, the settlers gave him a drink from the spiny leaves of the Manuka, and later, he wrote in his journal:
“Manuka leaves are used by many of us as tea, which has a very pleasant bitter flavor and aroma, but loses both when the leaves are dry.”
Dr. Ralf Schlothauer, Ph.D., at Comvita, New Zealand’s largest supplier of medical Manuka Honey, states that true medical manuka is sold with a “UMF” label. This marks that the honey contains “unique manuka factor.” According to Schlothauer, this unique factor is Continue reading