What is Manuka Honey?
The Manuka flower comes from a New Zealand shrub plant which blooms only 2 to 6 weeks per year. This short blooming life is what gives Manuka Honey it’s scarcity and desirability. When the honeybees pollinate this plant, it causes their honey to be quite potent which in turn allows us to take advantage of the many health benefits associated with Manuka Honey. People will also notice that there is a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) associated with the honey which actually represents the strength and potency of its signature compounds. This shows the consumer the quality of the product they are getting.
Yes, that is right- not only is that sweet amber honey delicious but also very beneficial to the overall health of all of us! Methylglyoxal, or MGO, is actually the main compound which allowed Manuka honey to be so popular for many years. One simple spoonful of this wholesome and organic honey is all you will need to reap the benefits. Here are just a few of many perks we can expect from this amber gold:
- Ease stomach aches
- Boosts the immune system
- Natural antibacterial properties
- Provides a great organic source of energy