Sunday, August 07, 2016

Manuka Honey Fights Superbugs, Heals Wounds, Treats Gingivitis, Boosts Immune System

Organic Authority, 8/5/2016

Everything You Need to Know About Manuka Honey Benefits
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The medicinal benefits of honey have been documented since ancient times because of its healing properties and antibacterial characteristics. But in recent years scientific studies have proven that this golden syrup is so much more than just a sweetener. And manuka honey is even more potent. Health benefits include:

1. Fights superbugs

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise. In fact, 23,000 people die and two million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant l infections every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But according to a study published in the April 2011 issue of the Asian Pacific Journal of Biomedicine, manuka honey may be a powerful topical treatment for antibiotic resistant infections like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)  and Clostridium difficile(C. diff).

2. Treats burns and other wounds

A study published in the June 2009 issue of Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine found that manuka honey has antibacterial qualities that make it an effective treatment for some wounds. Another study in the same journal found that manuka honey could help treat diabetic wounds, which tend to heal slowly.

3. Treats plaque and gingivitis

A study published in the April 2004 issue of the journal of the International Academy of Periodontology found that manuka honey may help reduce plaque and treat gingivitis.

4. It’s an anticancer agent

A study published in the December 2013 issue of Evidence Based Complementary Medicine found that manuka honey may have an anti-cancer effect by helping the immune system fight back. It has antimutagenic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory qualities that make it effective, according to the research...

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