While honey has been used for centuries for it’s medicinal properties, scientists have now identified the exact property which makes it a excellent from of medicine. Defensin-1 is the name of the ingredient, and it is the active germ-killing ingredient found in honey.
Honey has great health benefits such as being anti-viral and anti-fungal, so it is great when used against infections. However due to this new finding, honey’s status has been elevated to being an important factor in treating ailments.
It is known that when applied topically, honey can kill pathogens such as MRSA and flesh eating bacteria, but more amazingly, the bacteria could not build up an immunity to it, like in the case of other antibiotics.
This incredible discovery may be of extreme importance at a time when even the best antibiotics fail to deliver the desired results, especially in the case of the resistant “superbugs”. It was published in the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in June 2009.
The honey that has been found to possess these incredible properties is in fact manuka honey, or jelly bush honey, produced in New Zealand.
As soon as its miraculous health benefits have been revealed, its growing popularity has led to shortages of manuka honey, as well as the selling of fake products.
Therefore, New Zealand manuka producers demanded trademark protection, similar to Scottish whiskey or French champagne. After this, the fact that the health benefits of this honey were kept as a secret doesn’t come as a surprise.
Manuka Honey Kills MRSA, Other Superbugs
Manuka honey is created by bees foraging on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, the New Zealand manuka bush, as well as tea trees native only to Australia and New Zealand.
- According to a report by The Australian, manuka honey killed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on in the studies mentioned above. It can be either taken internally or applied topically to help fight infections on the skin, insect bites, and cuts.
The best part regarding manuka honey is that none of the superbugs it killed were able to build up immunity, which is a common problem with most of today`s antibiotics.
- “New antibiotics tend to have short shelf lives, as the bacteria they attack quickly become resistant,” said Dr. Dee Carter of the University of Sydney’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences. “Many large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned antibiotic production because of the difficulty of recovering costs. Developing effective alternatives could, therefore, save many lives.”
Dr. Carter states that this remarkable honey includes a compound known as methylglyoxal, which enters in a combination with other unknown ingredients to lead to “multi-system failure” which kills the bacteria.
Where to Find Manuka Honey
You can purchase manuka honey online or in health food stores. However, note that there has been a fluctuation in the amounts of it recently. Also, some fake honey scams were also documented.
Due to all this, you would know t search for a UMF certification label on your manuka honey in order to know that you are buying the proper one.
The UMF term actually means Unique Manuka Factor, which is the phytochemical quality derived from the manuka bushes which provides its uniqueness. It has been regulated by the New Zealand’s Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association. Moreover, you can also purchase some certified manuka products on Amazon.com., as the one from Comvita manuka honey.
One customer, JoshuaOne9, used it and shared his positive experience in the case of MRSA:
“I had done a fair amount of research when a friend of ours got MRSA, and then, unfortunately, I got it too. Thankfully, I had already done the research so I knew exactly what to do. As soon as I saw the red bump (thinking the first day that it was a mosquito bite) I scratched it, but the second day I realized that it had to be something else.
My husband immediately knew what it was since we had been dealing with our friend’s case of MRSA. I got my hands on this Manuka honey and put on the area of skin that was affected and then it is very important that you cover it with a bandaid. Within hours I felt relief and within a few days it was completely gone…”
Indeed, there is a need for further research, but this remarkable type of honey shows a promising capacity to provide positive results in the treatment of one of the most common health issues nowadays. Therefore, the importance of this research should not be neglected at any cost.