I’ve recently been having a teaspoon of Manuka honey each or every other day. I bought a pot a couple of months a go when I came down with a really yucky cough and cold and I knew it was meant to be contain “superpowers” to aid cold symptoms and was also recommended to take it by my holistic health coach friend. It really did help my cold and cough and I also felt it eased my tummy and was also a very yummy part of my day. I now continue to take the odd tsp in my hot lemon water in the morning and sometimes have a cheeky tsp in the evening straight from the pot, just because I’m crazy like that!
It is an expensive product but that’s because it’s not your average honey. The honey comes from bees that feed on New Zealand Manuka trees. When looking to buy Manuka honey there are certain things you should look for. It’s also important to look for NPA (non peroxide activity) on the pot referring to the unique additional antibacterial properties of Manuka honey and the term used in the lab when testing this. When research was done on the honey is was found that Manuka honey was unusual as it had high levels of antibacterial activity that was non-peroxide meaning it’s not affected when present with serum, saliva, blood and the other tissues in the body. Not all Active Manuka honey is NPA so as you can see it’s worth finding a good brand if you’re going to invest in it.
I didn’t know this until recently, I was sent a pot and some information from a great brand Green Bay. It was obvious how different the Active Manuka honey I’d got before from health stores was to the Green Bay NPA Active Manuka honey. The colour was lighter, texture thicker and lumper and taste was less sweet but it tasted so much healthier! I could literally see how raw and unprocessed Green Bays was in comparison to the other Manuka honey. I know that’s a funny way to describe something but it felt better for me! I know to listen to my body! Authentic Manuka Honey will have NPA mentioned and this is important if you really want to be getting the health benefits!
So why does tennis star Novak Djokovic and Katherine Jenkins eat 2 teaspoons a day! Here’s some of the claimed health benefits …
1. Digestive Health – when I’ve felt bloated or uncomfortable, I’ve found taking a tsp on Manuka honey really helps aid this symptoms.
2. It’s antiviral and antibacterial properties makes it a great excuse to scoff some when you sense the first signs of cold and flu.
3. It’s great for a short term energy boost – perhaps have a tsp before a tough interval training class or before a quick important meeting.
4. Skin conditions- I’ve not tried it on my skin yet but it is claimed to improve conditions such as eczema, insect bites, burns, sunburn and scarring. I might try and use it as a great natural face mask as its said to keep skin clear and firm.
After researching, like lots of newly hyped about health products there is controversy as to whether Manuka honey really does have the claimed health benefits when consumed orally, it’s antibacterial powers are meant to be a lot more effective when put directly on the skin for wounds etc. When it comes down to it, it’s entirely a personal preference whether you decide to invest in a pot that can be between £25-£40. Like all things it’s best consumed in moderation and considering honey is still basically sugar it’s important to have it as an addition to an already balanced low sugar healthy diet.
Want to give the Manuka honey I love a go – Green Bay
Love, Lottie x
Images- Green Bay