Amplifying the Benefits of CBD with the Healing Power of Manuka Honey
For as long as history has been recorded, honey has played a central and valued role in human health, healing and nutrition. In addition to enhancing the taste of foods and beverages, honey was favored by the Sumerians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans – among other ancient cultures – to treat wounds, burns, fevers and diseases of the gut, among other ailments. With the advent of antibiotics in the 1960s, honey was generally dismissed as a “worthless but harmless substance.” However, the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance has revived interest in the use of honey, both as an effective agent in its own right and as a therapeutic lead to develop new treatment modalities.
Today, honey is widely touted as one of the great ‘superfoods’ – those being nutritionally dense foods thought to be extraordinarily good for one’s health.
However, as ‘super’ as honey is, not all honey is created equal.
While the powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties of honey have been well documented by the scientific community in virtually thousands of medical research studies, articles and papers, the more exotic Manuka Honey is widely viewed as an ‘elite’ variety of honey due to its notably high concentrations of methylglyoxal (MGO) and other important vitamins and enzymes. In fact, Manuka Honey boasts up to 100-fold higher MGO than the conventional honey purchased in the grocery store.
Regular honey is produced by bees that pollinate clover, sunflower, buckwheat and other common plants; whereas Manuka Honey is produced by bee colonies that pollinate the manuka plant – also known as a tea tree (Leptospermum Scoparium), which is strictly indigenous to New Zealand and certain parts of Australia.
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Additionally, regular honey is subject to greater processing and endures a heating process that strips many of honey’s key enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
By comparison, Manuka Honey undergoes very little processing and is strictly monitored to ensure its purity. Each jar of authentic Manuka Honey contains a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) number, affirming that the honey is 100% genuine and has been scientifically tested to determine and confirm its purity.
Typically, the UMF rating ranges from 5+ to 24+. A higher UMF grade indicates a greater concentration of the Manuka Honey’s nutritional attributes and the purer the honey is. To be considered potent enough to be deemed therapeutic, Manuka Honey requires a minimum of 10 UMF.
The actual UMF grade designations are as follows:
Certified Authentic – UMF 5+ to UMF 9+
Premium Grade – UMF 10+ to UMF 15+
Ultra-Premium Grade – UMF 15+ UMF 20+ and above
Superior Rare High Grade – UMF 24+
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