Australian scientists recently made an incredible discovery.
They have found that one obscure type of honey is capable of killing just about every virus and disease scientists throw at it, including some of the worst bacteria known to man.
The study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (June 2009 edition). It really is being seen as hugely significant at a time when many of the world’s top antibiotics are failing, especially against resistant “superbugs.”
The amazing honey we are eluding to is known as manuka honey, which is a New Zealand produce and also goes by the name of jelly bush honey.
Manuka honey has boomed in sales so much over the past few years that shortages have been reported. This has lead to fake products being sold, leading New Zealand manuka producers to seek trademark protection (similar to French champagne or Scottish whiskey for example).
Now that the secret out, It’s easy to see why is this honey’s incredible health benefits and being widely regarded as nothing short of miraculous.
Manuka Honey Destroys Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and Other Superbugs
This type of honey is produced by bees obtaining it from the Leptospermum Scoparium nectar, tea trees native only to New Zealand and Australia, and the manuka bush in New Zealand.
The Australian reported that their researchers discovered that manuka honey successfully destroyed every pathogen and bacteria it was tested on. It can be topically applied to help in the fight against cuts and insect bites, skin infections, or it can be ingested.
The biggest difference with this type of honey was that not a single one superbug destroyed by the honey had the ability to build up the immune system, which is a common issue with antibiotics nowadays.
Dr. Dee Carter from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences- University of Sidney, reported that modern antibiotics usually have short shelf lives, since the bacteria they strike become resistant very quickly. The difficulty of recovering costs have led many big pharmaceutical companies to abandon the production of antibiotics.
Therefore, he continues to say that creating effective alternatives can save plenty lives.
As Dr. Carter states, manuka honey includes the methyglyoxal compound which together with other unfamiliar compounds leads to “multi-system failure” that kills the bacteria.
Where Can You Find Manuka Honey?
The supply levels have fluctuated in recent years and fake honey scams have been documented. When looking for manuka honey it is best to look for one that is UMF certified.
You can buy the honey from health stores and online market places but always ensure that you know what you are buying.
‘UMF’ stands for Unique Manuka Factor. It is the phytochemical property derived from the manuka bushes that gives it its unique fighting properties. This term is regulated by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association of New Zealand and a handful of certified manuka products can be found on Amazon.com.
The brand Comvita manuka honey is available on Amazon and is UMF certified. One particular customer on Amazon said that it this type of honey helped to erase their MRSA:
“I had done a fair amount of research when a friend of ours got MRSA, and then, unfortunately, I got it too., said user JoshuaOne9 on Amazon. Thankfully, I had already done the research so I knew exactly what to do. As soon as I saw the red bump (thinking the first day that it was a mosquito bite) I scratched it, but the second day I realized that it had to be something else. My husband immediately knew what it was since we had been dealing with our friend’s case of MRSA. I got my hands on this Manuka honey and put on the area of skin that was affected and then it is very important that you cover it with a bandaid. Within hours I felt relief and within a few days it was completely gone…”
As with all new developments, further research needs to be done. However, it’s safe to say that manuka honey shows plenty of promise in defeating one of the biggest health challenges faced by humanity in the 21st century, and this research should not be taken lightly.