Manuka honey has a darker appearance than other honeys, stronger taste, superior antibacterial and healing properties... Does manuka honey deserve its reputation ? Fighting winter fatigue The benefits of manuka honey Manuka honey has a darker appearance than other honeys, stronger taste, superior antibacterial and healing properties... Does manuka honey deserve its reputation ? The benefits of manuka honey The composition of manuka honey is unique Manuka honey is a powerful antibacterial How to use it ? Manuka honey is very healing How to use it ? Honey comes from the manuka tree, which grows only in some areas of New Zealand and Australia. A cousin of the tea tree, from which the antibacterial essential oil of the same name is extracted, manuka guarantees an exceptional honey, certainly at a high price, but with enticing promises. According to the producers, no comparison is possible : manuka honey is much superior to others. According to them, it fights bacterial infections, including resistant ones, and better heals wounds, even ulcerated ones. The composition of manuka honey is unique "What makes it so special is the UMF, or unique Manuka Factor," says Carole Minker, PhD in pharmacy and pharmacognosy. This figure, indicated on the label, represents its antibacterial power. The higher it is, the more active the honey is considered. » It was the New Zealand researcher Peter Molan who highlighted the presence of this original substance, but it was not until 2008 to learn that the molecule behind the UMF was methylglyoxal. "All honeys contain this antibacterial substance," explains Dr. Becker, president of the Association francophone d'apithérapie. The peculiarity of manuka honey is that it contains much more thanks to its botanical origin. » Manuka honey is a powerful antibacterial This exceptional concentration of methylglyoxal gives it a potent antimicrobial activity. This honey is effective against all common bacteria involved in sinusitis, angina or bronchitis. Some scientific work shows that it acts overall faster and at a lower dose than other honeys. Scientists from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, have also observed that it is able to prevent the development of antibiotic-resistant staphylococci. Other encouraging results followed with different bacteria, including one responsible for nosocomial infections, as well as streptococci and enterococci against which current antibiotics are inoperative. "There is also work on the benefits of manuka honey against the bacterium Helicobacter pylori that causes gastric ulcers," adds Carole Minker. The only downside : most of these studies are carried out in laboratories and there is little work in humans. How to use it ? "There are few clinical studies, but regular use, at a rate of 1 to 2 teaspoons per day, during the winter would be preventive," advises Carole Minker. When ENT or gastric infection is declared, it would be necessary to absorb large amounts of it, difficult to recommend under penalty of swallowing too much sugar ! Manuka honey is very healing "All honeys have a healing activity," recalls Carole Minker. It is mainly due to their high osmolarity. » This term means that honey attracts water. It drains lymph and plasma outward, resulting in waste and tissue debris, which cleans the wound. The mechanism also guarantees a moisture that is favorable for healing, but does not increase the proliferation of bacteria thanks to the antimicrobial properties of honey. By eliminating bacteria faster, manuka honey has superior healing activity. "Methylglyoxal prevents bacteria from attaching to damaged tissue," adds Dr. Becker. This key molecule also has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce edema and promote the process of tissue repair. "A publication reports the successful use of manuka honey in Bonn hospital for three years to treat nosocomial skin infections," comments Carole Minker. Read also: Honey, a great ally to better heal How to use it ? "Manuka honey can be advised as a dressing, on a wound that is difficult to heal, after showing it to her doctor," she says. In this case, it is necessary to use a honey with a UMF of 18 or 20, clean the wound and apply a thick layer of half a centimeter before laying a bandage. To change every 24 to 48 hours until improvement. » Recent studies indicate that manuka honey improves the healing of diabetic leg and foot ulcers.