Manuka Honey

I have been seeing Manuka Honey on more and more grocery store shelves lately.  My curiosity was peeked because I like honey and had never heard of it and well, because of this honey’s huge price tag.

Many of the jars I had been seeing ranged from $20 – $35 to maybe even $50, depending on the “+”.  The higher the “+”, the higher the price tag.  When I saw that my favorite go grocery store for cheaper healthy things – Trader Joe’s- carried a cheaper version, I jumped at the chance to experience what this golden jar brought to my tea.

First of all, what is it? The Manuka Bush is a region in New Zealand and it gets its name from the bees that pollinate that region and where it is cultivated. After buying the honey I spent some time scouring what makes it so much better than our standard teddy bear jar of honey.  The main benefit is that it is antibacterial, offering very many healing properties. I also discovered that the “+” stands for the Unique Manuka Factor.  10+, the one offered by Trader Joe’s, is the minimum rating that the honey needs to receive to be considered therapeutic and active – having the antibacterial qualities.

Per WebMD these are the possible conditions it may help (should be noted that evidence is limited):

  • Preventing and treating cancer
  • Reducing high cholesterol
  • Reducing systemic inflammation
  • Treating diabetes
  • Treating eye, ear, and sinus infections
  • Treating gastrointestinal problems

So what is it like?  Its creamy and not as sweet. However, you can use it just as you would normal honey. I have been putting it in my tea per usual and enjoying the flavor.  I would highly suggest giving it a try and seeing how you enjoy it and taking advantage of a holistic medicine – I’m all for prevention!

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