Manuka is a unique type of honey that originates from New Zealand produced from pollen collected from the Manuka tree, which grows in the East Cape area. It's long been highly prized for its medicinal qualities, particularly for its ability to promote the healing of wounds and the prevention of infection. This is due to its particularly high content of antiviral and antibacterial properties.
A number of studies have been carried out in New Zealand, the U.S. and the U.K. demonstrating this honey's powerfully healing and antiseptic effect. Classed as a "superfood" due its high concentration of active phytonutrients which are beneficial to overall health, it's unique among honeys due to an extra naturally occurring ingredient. This means that its beneficial properties are not destroyed by exposure to heat and light as other honeys are. This special element is known as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). Generally, the higher the UMF number, the more effective the properties are. Some sources maintain that the best are UMF10 or higher but all UMFs offer significant benefits. You will find the UMF clearly visible on all Manuka honey products. Additionally, even when diluted Manuka still maintains its potency, so just a spoonful in a cup of tea can still be worthwhile. This is why many Manuka users regularly add it to food and drinks as an easy way to give your body an extra boost.
You can buy Manuka Honey at HollandandBarrett.com, where they have a wide selection of Manuka honeys, skincare preparations and body care products. Each product listed also gives detailed information, allowing you to easily select the most appropriate options for your health and dietary needs.
Disclosure: This featured post was produced in association with Holland & Barrett.
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