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Comvita Manuka Honey UMF 10+ (Premium) New Zealand Honey, 500g (1.1lb)

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Comvita Manuka Honey UMF 10+ (Premium) New Zealand Honey, 500g (1.1lb)



The honey wars continue full force on Amazon with claims and counter claims. So we decided to find out for ourselves. I was surprised: I started using therapeutic medical grade manuka honey topically on my skin.

I expected little or no benefit. I am happy to report that the product has had a pronounced, positive effect on red, irritated skin that I have had off and on since high school. It's gone! I am pleased. 

This review provides clues into how the honey has such a noticeable effect.

Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity
Asian Pacific journal of tropical biomedicine. 2011 Apr; 1(2): 154–160. 
Manisha Deb Mandal and Shyamapada Mandal.


Indeed, medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world's oldest medical literatures, and since the ancient times, it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity. 

The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection.

Its immunomodulatory property is relevant to wound repair too. The antimicrobial activity in most honeys is due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide. However, another kind of honey, called non-peroxide honey (viz., manuka honey), displays significant antibacterial effects even when the hydrogen peroxide activity is blocked. 

Its mechanism may be related to the low pH level of honey and its high sugar content (high osmolarity) that is enough to hinder the growth of microbes. 

The medical grade honeys [show] potent in vitro bactericidal activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria causing several life-threatening infections to humans. But, there is a large variation in the antimicrobial activity of some natural honeys, which is due to spatial and temporal variation in sources of nectar. Thus, identification and characterization of the active principle(s) may provide valuable information on the quality and possible therapeutic potential of honeys (against several health disorders of humans), and hence we discussed the medicinal property of honeys with emphasis on their antibacterial activities.

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