You may have seen the term ‘superfood’ – there isn’t an official definition, but in general, it refers to food that can be considered as helpful towards our daily wellbeing.
So-called superfoods are mainly plants (but sometimes can be fish and dairy products) and are said to be dense in their nutritional values and therefore great for a person’s health.
Containing natural vitamins and minerals, and more importantly the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF™), Manuka honey is considered as a superfood. Let’s take a look at Manuka honey’s benefits and why it’s a must-have item in every home.
Why Manuka Honey is Truly ‘Super’
Honey has been used for thousands of years in our food, drinks and even to contribute to our skincare routines.
Collected from the unique Manuka flower, native to the remote, unspoilt regions in New Zealand, Manuka honey has been found to contain special properties over most other regular types of honey. But what makes Manuka stand out? Here are some key differences between ‘regular’ honey and Manuka, marking out why it should indeed be considered as a ‘superfood’:
Nutritional content and strength are different in each type of honey – it’s down to the species of the flower that make all the difference. The nectar produced by the Manuka plant contains Unique Manuka Factor, which makes Manuka flowers truly one of nature’s special gifts.
All honey has an anti-bacterial effect from hydrogen peroxide. However, this is not stable and can be easily affected by temperature and light. Manuka honey contains non-hydrogen peroxide-bacterial activity, Methylglyoxal (MGO), which is more stable than normal honey.
Unfortunately, MGO can be added into honey, which is why we test for all 3 naturally occurring chemical markers: Leptosperin, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and Methylglyoxal. This enables us to ensure the best quality, genuine UMF® Manuka honey.
As a result, the antibacterial properties of Manuka honey are unique; it’s shown to have positive effects on soothing coughs, lowering throat irritation and in maintaining general daily wellbeing.
Another Manuka honey benefit is its ability to promote the healing process of small cuts, grazes and burns. Its unique properties help to flush out bacteria, clean the wound and prevent the risk of infection. The results are clinically proven and medical-grade Manuka honey is now widely used in hospitals worldwide as a wound dressing.
Comvita™’s UMF Manuka Honey Range
At Comvita™, we’ve been connecting people with the natural goodness of Manuka honey for over 40 years. Created in the untouched rural landscape of New Zealand, our produce has been carefully harvested to preserve its purity, helping our customers to experience the true goodness of the special Manuka flower.
UMF™ is the term given to the grading system that appraises the natural markers found in Manuka honey. The UMF™ is an independent mark that assures purity and quality of the produce; as such, we’re able to guarantee that Comvita sources its honey from some of the most pristine parts of New Zealand.