Manuka Honey and Gut Health
Here at Gutsii, we’re always on the lookout for new ways to improve and manage your gut health, which is why Manuka honey should be on your radar. Manuka honey comes from the pollen and nectar of the Manuka tree, which is native to Australia and New Zealand. Although honey itself is a wonderful medicinal aid and natural sweetener, Manuka honey has a greater antibacterial potency that can improve your gut health in a number of ways.
Scientists are continuing to research the antibacterial and antiviral properties of honey, but have determined that when the glucose oxidase present in honey comes into contact with the skin, it produces hydrogen peroxide (hence its medical uses). Manuka honey, however, has a Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA), and is more potent and stable than regular honey, meaning it’s more effective for a larger range of health issues. Manuka honey contains methylglyoxal (the chemical compound that increases its antimicrobial properties) and is categorised with a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) to determine its potency - so the higher the level, the more antibacterial it is.
The health benefits of Manuka honey include:
- Heals wounds and infections thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
- Manuka honey is a prebiotic which aids in maintaining the healthy balance of probiotics in your gut.
- It is effective against bacteria like E.coli, H.pylori (which causes stomach ulcers), salmonella, and staphylococcus aureus.
- It may reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammation aspects.
- It can soothe sore throats and boost your immune system.
To add Manuka honey to your diet, use it with foods like oats, yoghurt, fruits, pancakes, porridge, or even add it to your tea or Gutsii Health shakes. Two teaspoons is enough for a serving due to the high amount of sugar in honey.
Make sure you talk to your doctor or nutritionist before using Manuka honey for medicinal purposes, especially if you’re allergic to bees or a diabetic (as the natural sugars in honey can increase your blood sugar levels).
However, the health benefits of Manuka honey of improving gut bacteria and fighting harmful bacteria make it a great addition to your diet. It’s particularly important to note that because Manuka honey inhibits the growth of H.pylori, it reduces the chances of developing a stomach ulcer or further weakening of the stomach lining (due to inflammation and acid reflux).