Monday, July 06, 2009

Australian ‘Wonder Honey’ Said to Beat Manuka in Antibacterial Activity

Aust Native Organic Honey Stars in Antibacterial Role
Queensland Country Life (Australia), 7/6/2009

An Australian Certified Organic (ACO) honey company has launched a medicinal grade honey derived from a native Australian plant.

The honey contains more potent levels of non-peroxide active antibacterial activity than are recorded in any other product on the market worldwide.

Research has highlighted the potential of the honey to act as a medical agent with the capacity to kill harmful bacteria.

It also reportedly strengthens immune systems and aids in the recovery of everything from strep throat to skin wounds and scars.

The ‘wonder honey’ will be marketed under the trade name Berringa Honey.

That's a subsidiary of the Australian Organic Honey Company which has produced high grade Australian Eucalypt honey for food consumption for the past 20 years.

The honey reportedly contains un-matched levels of Methylglyoxal (MG) - a compound naturally formed in honey as a result of chemical reactions by green photosynthesising plants.

MG activity in Berringa honey, made under a certified organic production system from the native genus Leptospermum Polygalifolium (a type of tea tree), has been recorded consistently at levels of + 1,600 mg/kg.

This is claimed to be well ahead of regular honey, which typically has not been found to contain levels in excess of 5 mg/kg (2)…

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