What is Manuka honey in Pakistan?
Manuka honey is a monofloral honey made from the nectar of the white flowers of Manuka available in Pakistan, a shrub in the same family as the Tea Tree. This plant grows wild on the other side of the world, in New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, in regions that are home to unique flora and fauna on our planet. Its flowering period is about 6 weeks, which leaves little time for bees to forage on its flowers. The characteristics of the physical environment such as temperature, humidity, wind, soil, water, sun exposure give Manuka honey a specific, unique and non-reproducible quality.
A 100% pure, authentic and delicious honey
The particularity of Manuka honey from Tahi is its amber color, reminiscent of gold. Its unique taste is different from that of the honeys we know. It presents notes of eucalyptus and a creamy texture which make it a very gourmet product and much appreciated by connoisseurs. In addition, this honey is 100% natural and contains no artificial sugar. Indeed, European regulations require that Manuka honey marketed be pure, unadulterated with exogenous sugar. The authenticity of honey is validated by the AOAC (Association Official Analytical Chemist) test.
Why is Manuka honey so special?
Besides its remarkable taste, Tahi Manuka honey enjoys antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing actions known for centuries by the indigenous Maori tribes , where the disease is seen as a disharmony with nature. It should be noted that the Maori people had, before the arrival of Europeans, a relatively developed medicinal system: knowledge of anatomy, physiological principles and above all, knowledge of plants and their therapeutic virtues. Thus, tohunga healers absolutely use the entire Manuka plant to heal the sick.
In general, all honeys are antibacterial, because they contain hydrogen peroxide, with antiseptic principles. Unlike other honeys, the powerful antibacterial properties of Manuka honey come from:
- Its viscosity: its low water content has an osmotic effect.
- Its acidity: a pH between 3.5 and 4.5 prevents bacterial proliferation.
- Its flavonoid content: rich in flavonoids, a substance that is both anti-oxidant, immunostimulant and anti-inflammatory.
- Methylglyoxal: In classic honeys, the concentration of methylglyoxal is extremely low, from 1 to 10 mg per kg. However, in our Manuka honey we find a methylglyoxal concentration that can reach up to 800 mg per kg. This element literally prevents the spread of bacteria inside the honey.
But how was this discovered?
Peter Molan, today emblem of the discovery of the activities of Manuka honey, was a scientist in biochemistry. During his research at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, he tested samples of honey and obtained results which were, to say the least, disturbing.
The experiment aimed to compare the resistance to bacteria of several honeys. To do this, Dr. Molan placed honey under his microscope. After the dissipation of hydrogen peroxide (antiseptic molecules found in all honeys), one sample stood out from the others. The circle of inhibition between the microorganisms and the honey was perfectly round and prevented any bacteria from getting inside. This texture was called Manuka honey and it was in 1980.
Honey is naturally seen as food more than medicine, it took years for Peter Molan to promote the effectiveness of Manuka honey. Today, this anti-bacteriological activity is explained by the component “Methylglyoxal”. This was the discovery of German scientists in Dresden in 2008. While other honeys (Thyme, Sidr from Yemen) are known to have excellent antiseptic, antibacterial and healing properties, scientific studies show that Manuka honey acts more overall. quickly and at a lower dose.
The benefits of Manuka honey and Price in Pakistan
Fight against gastrointestinal disorders
Gastrointestinal disorders are all the problems that affect the stomach and intestines. The intestinal flora plays an essential role in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients, but after treatment with antibiotics the intestinal flora becomes sensitive and one must seek natural remedies to protect it. Manuka honey is a natural product, beneficial for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders and for the irritated colon.
Strengthens immunity and prevents respiratory infections
Manuka honey is effective in strengthening the immune system. It soothes sore throat, relieves many types of respiratory problems such as sinusitis, cough, bronchitis.
Strengthens oral health
Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, Manuka honey prevents plaque formation and protects teeth against cavities.
Heals wounds and burns
Several studies show that Manuka honey is effective in healing wounds and minor burns. It is also beneficial in fighting skin infections.
Fights acne and eczema
Manuka honey is an ideal natural remedy for getting rid of acne and eczema. Indeed, it eliminates the bacteria around the follicles and the pores at the origin of the appearance of acne.
An alternative to sugar
Our Manuka honey is 100% pure and contains no artificial sugar. It is therefore very popular for sweetening drinks or dishes and desserts.
Manuka honey is considered a natural antibiotic, it acts on a multitude of bacteria and even on hospital germs resistant to antibiotics. It is therefore used in dressings to treat wounds, burns and other skin diseases, etc.
It is also used orally for gastrointestinal illnesses caused by Helicobacter pylori and Escherichia coli. Manuka honey, which has no side effects, is particularly valuable if resistance to antibiotics is generated and the treatment of gastrointestinal germs is complicated.
- Cleanse the area to be treated
- Pour the manuka honey directly in contact with the wound, abscess, burn, crevice or any other problem arising from a beneficial action of honey
- Cover with sterile compresses
- Hold the compresses with adhesive plaster overflowing so that the dressing is occlusive
- Renew the dressing once a day (twice in the case of wounds with a strong exudation)
- For all indications of manuka honey relating to its internal action, we recommend 1 teaspoonful 3 times a day:
- in the middle of the afternoon
- in the evening at bedtime
The reason for this dosage outside of meals is to optimize the functions of honey by allowing catabolism after ingesting the honey so as not to dilute its viscosity which is a favorable element for its antibacterial activity.
When buying a jar of Manuka honey, it is essential to remain vigilant. Unfortunately, it has been observed that Manuka honeys can be declared active although their non-peroxidic activity has not been tested. Of course, they cannot have the same impact on well-being as quality Manuka honey. In order to avoid counterfeiting and to measure the effectiveness of Manuka honey, each batch is systematically tested in the laboratory. To differentiate activity levels, efficiency indices have been implemented. It is :
UMF ® Unique Manuka Factor
The UMF ® Unique Manuka Factor label was invented by Peter Molan of Waikato University and is an internationally recognized brand. The index starts at 5+ and can go up to 25+, the higher the number, the more active honey is considered. The figure is calculated based on the antibacterial and antiseptic effectiveness of honey in the body.
A UMF of between 0 and 4 does not mean that honey has antibacterial power.
A honey with a UMF between 5 and 9 has a very slight antibacterial power but will not be recommended in therapy.
For UMFs between 10 and 15, honeys are recognized by the Honey Research Unit of the University of Waikato (New Zealand) as having good antibacterial activity.
For a UMF greater than 15, honey has a very high antibacterial activity.
In summary :
- Manuka Blend: used for nutrition
- Manuka UMF 5 +: used for nutrition and general well-being
- Manuka UMF 10 +: used for nutrition and prevention of minor ailments, for general well-being
- Manuka UMF 15 +: honey acts in a targeted manner, on the digestive or respiratory tract. It is also effective in treating skin problems.
- Manuka UMF 20 +: used for all the above reasons and for external, local and cutaneous use
MGO indicates the direct presence of the methylglyoxal molecule, an index ranging from 30+ to 550+
- 30+: Honey is reserved for food
- 100+: Use for diet and daily well-being
- 250+: We find benefits for digestion, wounds …
- 400+: Honey is used against burns, coughs, bronchitis, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, but also against wounds
- 500 and more: Used for all previous applications, but also for ulcers, gastroenteritis, etc …