2023 has arrived, and like many, we bet that you, too, have gone up and made a new year resolution. "I am going to make healthy decisions this year," - your mind goes, and the same treats and temptations surround you at the table. And in the end, you’re back to your unhealthy self. But not this year.
This year, you have got the perks of Manuka honey to help you through the day and make the rest of 2023 healthier.
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is honey, a sweet thick nectar native to New Zealand. Derived from Manuka bushes, Manuka Honey only became part of a health-related conversation in the 80s. Before that, people gravitated towards standard honey.
Standard honey is good and has been part of traditional remedies and recipes for a long time, but it wasn’t until the late 80s that people started to ask for its alternatives when they came across the following drawbacks.
- It has a high caloric count.
- Sugar content in this time of honey is high
- The sugar content in the honey can be overpowering to the tastebuds
Enters Manuka honey - a product that's thicker but less sweet than standard honey and comes back with the following nutritional qualities when you take one teaspoon of it
- 32 Kcal
- 4 grams of carbohydrates
- 8 grams of sugars
But that is only the surface-level assessment of this honey. What makes Manuka honey the best way to start a healthy new year is a combination of two compounds.
This combo gives this “tree” honey – since it comes to Manuka bushes, instead of flowers - antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties that not many ingredients have.
Why should you make Manuka Honey a staple this year?
If the pandemic has taught us one thing – it is that no one is immune. We need something else, something non-traditional, to get our immune systems back on track. But that’s not all – pandemic also taught us that if you are a person with comorbidities, your chances of getting sick are much higher. That is why it is time to tap into these five health benefits that come with Manuka honey this year.
It gets your gut health in order
If your goal is to get your dream body this year, you have got to have better gut health. You need something that flushes your system and keeps your inside clean and pristine. That is where Manuka honey shines.
It is a probiotic that promotes gut health and helps you break down the food you eat better so that whatever you eat impacts your body in a better way. With good bacteria crowding your intestines, you also may have a healthy helping of junk food – that is full of carbs – and make sure that it digests properly.
It happens because of the presence of oligosaccharides, which help our bodies do something they can’t do of their own volition – digesting carbohydrates.
But being probiotic is just one of the things that it does better. We have already mentioned in the previous section that Manuka honey is a great anti-inflammatory agent. That helps it do two things:
- It allows your body to manage infections like helicobacter pylori – which cause ulcers and acid reflux
- And some research shows that Manuka honey might help deal with clostridium difficult – a common bacteria that causes gut infection.
So, if your goal is to get a healthy gut, embrace Manuka honey wholeheartedly.
It can help you meet your goal of healthy eats - Manuka Honey is a great sugar substitute
If you are looking for a better sugar substitute with a lower sugar quantity and a balanced amount of sweetness, Manuka honey is something you should try.
This honey is more viscous – thicker – than your traditional honey and has an earthy – bitter taste to it. Now it might be the favorite of everyone's palate, but the slight undercuts the sweetness in a way that makes the dish tastier.
Add it over your homemade fruit cup instead of traditional honey, or pour some of it over some brown bread instead of jam, and you have a tasty and healthy treat. And if you’re a fan of tea – like many are here at Melora – adding half a teaspoon of Manuka honey makes that tea more delightful.
It can help you take to fend off diseases this year
The weather will likely take drastic twists and turns this year. So, you need something powerful to shield you in this weather. And according to 2014 research, Manuka honey has what it takes to help you. It can inhibit the spreading of the influenza virus. And in another, scientists found that a tinge of Manuka honey can be effective against shingles – a virus that causes a painful rash. While the studies are still going on and the sample size of the test base is still low, you now have some information to enhance your protection against viral diseases.
It can you deal with a sore throat – it is the most common use of Manuka honey
Honey has long been the remedy for sore throats. From our grandmas to our always-caring mothers – honey was the first thing that came to mind when we had the sniffles as little kids.
However, in a 2010 study, scientists noted that using Manuka honey for children provided more relief as compared to over-the-counter medication. The impact of this study was so powerful that back in 2018, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence issued new guidelines making Manuka honey the first-line treatment to deal with short-term cough issues.
And more recently, scientists have started to study if Manuka honey can be effective against the COVID-19 virus.
Melora’s Manuka Honey can help you reach your health goals
This new year has come bearing new goals, hopes, and challenges. And to manage all of them, you need to be in top shape. Manuka honey is, therefore, here to help you make sure that you’re always at the top of the things when you are moving forward.
Want the best quality Manuka honey? Feel free to Reach out to Melora. We can help you get the highest quality honey for your requirements.