Manuka honey contains methylglyoxal (MGO) and dihydroxyacetone, two chemical substances with high antimicrobial action, and probably other bioactive compounds that give it additional potency.
The health benefits:
- As a nutritional supplement: honey is rich in amino acids, enzymes and B-complex vitamins, particularly thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), and B6. Amino acids in honey are mainly proline, tyrosine, lysine, and phenylalanine with valine, arginine, histidine and glutamic acid in lesser amounts. The nutritional value of honey is partially dependent on its mineral content which includes calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese in various amounts.
- Boosting immunity: research has shown the regular use of manuka honey has reduced the risk of disease. It also aids recovery from colds and flu.
- Dental health: manuka helps fight plaque
- Skin benefits: use manuka topically as a face mask
Many more health benefits will be discussed in the ‘Manuka and it’s health benefits workshop’ at Pollen8 2020.