Consider Manuka honey the powerful, ultra-healthy cousin of the everyday honey sitting in your pantry right now —it's making headlines as the next superfood. From New Zealand, created specifically by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, this particular honey’s strong health credentials, antibacterial properties, and beauty benefits have drastically popularized the sticky sweet stuff anew. Here's why you need to get ahold of some Manuka honey yourself.
Manuka Honey's Top Health Benefits
It's Nutritionally Loaded
that Manuka honey can offer up to four times the nutritional value of your average off-the-shelf convenience store honey, so when you consume it, you can nearly quadruple your intake of key vitamins and minerals including, B vitamins, iron, zinc and potassium.
Include Manuka honey as part of your breakfast routine by spreading on toast or crumpets, creating Greek honey yogurt
to add to your muesli.
It Can Treat Sore Throats and Colds
Health Tip: Add a spoonful of honey to warm water as a soothing drink, or take 1 neat teaspoon of honey to sooth an aching throat.
It Can Alleviate Allergies
Many studies have claimed that increasing the amount of honey in your diet may overtime help to lower the symptoms of pollen-related allergies.
: Add Manuka honey to your smoothies or your tea as a natural sweetener.
Manuka honey is being used as a leading ingredient in many new beauty and skin products
for its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and healing benefits.
Add Manuka honey to your homemade facepacks
or use directly on red or inflamed skin as a soothing treatment. Leave on for 10 minutes, then remove the honey with warm water.
Buy Real Honey Only
Be aware, real Manuka honey only comes from New Zealand and will have a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating of 10+, which measures it's potency. Other alternatives may not have the same effectiveness. And FYI: People who have allergies to bees must use Manuka honey with extreme caution.
Ellen Pope is a food writer, Instagram snapper, and ex-carnivore. For pescatarian meal prep ideas, check out her blog, Being Pescatarian.
Tell us in the comments: Have you tried Manuka honey? How does it compare to other honey you've used?