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Friday, February 15, 2013

NZ Manuka Honey - not just food but an anti - bacterial agent as well...

New research by Sydney scientists has found honey that bees make from the pollen of New Zealand's native manuka tree is better than other honeys in fighting bacteria in wound infections.
The University of Technology Sydney study published in the PLOS ONE science journal also supports the theory that bacteria won't become resistant to honey - unlike antibiotics.
Lead researcher Professor Liz Harry says the study examined manuka, kanuka and clover honeys to find which was the most effective at inhibiting growth of four types of bacteria commonly found in chronic wounds.
The research team looked at two key honey ingredients known to inhibit bacterial growth: methylglyoxal (MGO) which is naturally highly concentrated in manuka honey and hydrogen peroxide which is in many honeys at varying concentrations, including manuka.
"Honey has long been known to have anti-bacterial activity. We wanted to compare the effectiveness of different honeys on various bacteria to determine how the different MGO and hydrogen peroxide levels in these honeys relate to bacterial growth inhibition," Prof Harry said.
"What we saw was that the manuka honeys were the most effective at inhibiting growth of all the bacteria."

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At February 15, 2013 at 5:43 AM , Blogger Snowbird said...

I have always taken manuka honey whenever I have a cold. It really does help shift it.xxxxx

At February 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

You have certainly been up with the play. It tastes so good too.


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