Loaded with beneficial vitamins and nutrients, Mānuka honey bolsters the immune system, and can be used in treating bacterial infections, acne, eczema, colds, sore throats, staph infections, burns and ulcers.
Researchers at Southampton University found that cleansing medical equipment with solutions derived from the Australia and New Zealand-based honey reduced the ability of potentially deadly bacteria to accumulate on surfaces by more than 75 per cent.
Honey is known to fight infection with its high concentration of antibacterial agents and one kind of honey, which is the most potent honey in the world is the Manuka Honey. It is obtained from the medicinal Manuka bush in New Zealand.
Many clinical trials indicate that Manuka honey can rescind over 250 strains of bacteria including the most resistant. These include the MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), the VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) and the MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus).
All honeys contain hydrogen peroxide which imbues them with antibiotic properties, but manuka honey exhibits antibacterial activity which is not attributed to hydrogen peroxide. It contains an exceptionally high concentration of a non-peroxide anti-bacterial compound methylglyoxal (MGO), which gives it an antibacterial quality.
Other benefits that have been attributed to honey include anti-tumour, anti-mutagenic and anti-viral properties dependent on the nutritional composition of the honey consumed. It is well known for its wound healing properties and as a gastro-intestinal remedy since ancient times.