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Benefits of Manuka Honey

THE BENEFITS OF MANUKA HONEY ARE QUITE REMARKABLE.  MANUKA HONEY HAS SHOWN TO BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST A WIDE RANGE OF SKIN CONDITIONS


The UMF® Discovery

 

Active Manuka Honey (Leptospermum scoparium) was first discovered by Dr. Peter Molan M.B.E. of New Zealand's Waikato University Honey Research Unit while doing routine research on the anti-bacterial properties of honeys in general. Dr. Molan has since received an M.B.E. for his outstanding work on honey. Manuka Honey comes from bees who feed on the flowers of the Manuka bush which are found in Australia and New Zealand.

This Unique Manuka Factor (UMF®), or NPA as it is referred to in Australia, is not found in any other honey. Manuka Honey has unique health properties, which make it special compared to other honeys and it is used in many ways to support the skin. All active Manuka Honey comes with a UMF® or NPA rating, and the higher the rating, the greater the antibacterial strength of the honey.  UMF and NPA ratings are measured in the same way.

Manuka Honey Effectiveness

Manuka Honey with a high UMF® or NPA rating has been found in laboratory studies to be twice as effective as other honeys.  Manuka Honey is also rich in a unique enzyme known as glucose oxidase that produces natural hydrogen peroxide. All honey contains some levels of glucose oxidase, but Manuka varieties that are high in UMF® or NPA are uniquely powerful.

The Waikato Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, which first discovered UMF® back in the early 1990s, also found that Manuka Honey contains other non-peroxide components which are uniquely important because they are not broken down by the body's catalase enzyme system in the same way that hydrogen peroxide is, which makes Manuka Honey far more powerful than other forms of honey.

Manuka Honey and Nature's Gold

As Manuka Honey 20+ is the active ingredient in our Classic Skin Cream, it has a proven record for providing cosmetic benefits for many different skin irritations. Not only does it give relief from dry skin conditions, it also has excellent moisturising and nourishing properties which make it an excellent all round cream for all skin types.