Honey – a sweet remedy
THE Manuka tree, which has graced remote areas of New Zealand for the past 80 million years, has developed its own antibacterial, antifungal and antibiotic properties over the years.
The local Maori have used extracts from the trees for years for successful treatment of various ailments.
Extensive research has been conducted to find the all-important source of the antibacterial properties in Manuka honey.
Different tests have been developed to determine the natural substance responsible for its antibacterial property.
These attempts were unreliable because of the low repeatability of the tests.
Finally in 2006, a German scientist named Prof Thomas Henle from the Technical University of Dresden found that honey from the Manuka flower contained a naturally occurring compound known for its anti bacterial properties – nutritional methylglyoxal.
This led Prof Henle to conclude: “Our study unambiguously demonstrates for the first time that methylglyoxal is exclusively responsible for the stable antibacterial activity of Manuka Honey.”
The MGO Manuka Honey Certification System guarantees the level of Methylglyoxal through honest and transparent testing. The MGO system has been accepted as an updated world’s first scientific, verifiable, repeatable testing system on antibacterial activity of Manuka Honey.
MGO Manuka Honey is the only food in the world to show significant amounts of nutritional methylglyoxal content compared to others.
Manuka Health measures the nutritional methylglyoxal based on quality standards set by the Technical University of Dresden, and produces different Manuka Honey with various amounts of nutritional methylglyoxal.
Taking basic levels of nutritional methylglyoxal to be 100mg/kg, Manuka Health’s MGO 100+ Manuka Honey contains the minimum quantity for health requirements.
The higher the nutritional methylglyoxal, the higher the antibacterial activity.
MGO Manuka Honey has proven to support good digestive health, wound healing and healthy skin.
The Crop and Food Research Institute in New Zealand found in December 2007 that the high level of antibacterial activity in Manuka Honey acts as a prebiotic, increasing growth of good gut bacteria, improving the body’s natural defences in healing in the gut, skin, throat and viruses.
Here are some ailments and how
Manuka Honey can aid healing:
Stomach ulcers and discomforts
MGO(tm) 400+ is used to decrease the amount of bacteria that contributes to the onset of stomach ulcers.
Manuka Honey also calms and rehydrates the body after a bout of food poisoning and the subsequent purging processes. Manuka Honey can prevent growth of bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella and pseudomonas guilty of causing stomach upsets.
Sore throats and colds
A teaspoon of Manuka Honey taken three times a day can aid in preventing infections resulting from sore throats and colds.
Healing of wounds and leg ulcers by destroying bacteria that cause infections.
Manuka Honey also aids in postsurgery wounds by speeding up the healing process.
The MGO 400+ is being researched to test its effectiveness on the clearing of eczema. Manuka Honey can also be applied directly to sunburned skin to protect and soothe it.
Manuka Honey can be shown to reduce acidity and presence of three types of bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
Manuka Honey is believed to stimulate the immune system, attacking infections more readily.
Experiments are being conducted to develop nebulisers and bronchial inhalers, which can allow Manuka Honey to enter bronchial passages to fight infections.
Enjoy delicious, all natural Manuka Honey, for a boost to immunity and well-being.
Manuka Health MGO Manuka Honey is available at all leading pharmacies and organic and health food stores.
For more product details, contact the customer CARE-line at 1800 880 2273 (CARE) or 03-7785 6288 or visit www.caremark.com.my
MGO Manuka Honey has been proven to support good digestive health. Picture shows the CEOs of Manuka Health (from left) Kerry Paul, Prof Peter Molan and Prof Thomas Henle.