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Health: Manuka honey - exaggerated hype or healing?


Everyone wants Manuka Honey- Healing or just fake?

Sometimes he is licked from the spoon, sometimes he cares for the lips as a balm, "oils" the voice, helps to remove blemishes or steals the muscles - the New Zealand wonder honey is popular with film stars, musicians and athletes alike. Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Kylie Minogue and Ed Sheeran are known to love Manuka honey. Athletes such as tennis ace Novak Djokovic swear by it and strengthen their immune system with him, and Manuka Honey has also reached Bundesliga players. But not only celebrities and athletes rely on the bee product - doctors and alternative practitioners are now recommending Manuka honey to their patients, because he has proven to be an effective bacterial killer in various scientific studies.

No wonder that the valuable, sweet "stuff" from New Zealand has triggered a real hype not only with us, but worldwide. Especially in poorly harvested years, the increasing demand can exceed the limited supply and the prices for the coveted natural product can continue to drive dizzying heights. Where a lot of money is involved, label fraud is not far ...

Quality: What should a customer be able to rely on when shopping?

As with all natural products, Manuka honeys also vary in color, taste, consistency and purity. These factors are e.g. B. depending on location, weather or the nature of the plant. The decisive criteria for the quality, quality and authenticity of a Manuka honey for the consumer are a matter of trust.

The manuka honeys of the premium bottler Manuka Health go through regular, strict controls to guarantee the consistently highest product quality. They, coupled with scientific expertise in the research of the natural ingredient methylglyoxal, have made the MGO pioneer in Germany the best known and most popular brand:

Reliable MGO certification is not a matter of course

The naturally contained active ingredient methylglyoxal (MGO) in Manuka honeys distinguishes it from normal honeys and determines its value - Manuka is not the same as Manuka. Manuka Health was the first bottler to implement the identification of the active ingredient by the research team led by Prof. Henle at the TU Dresden and to test each batch of his honey using the method he developed and to certify MGO ™ - the originals. A groundbreaking development for New Zealand's honey producers, which after only a few years led to the fact that measuring the MGO concentration is now one of the most important quality criteria recognized by Manuka Honigen. The longstanding scientific collaboration between Manuka Health and the TU Dresden results in a great wealth of knowledge and experience. But there is still something new to discover. The MGO Pioneer continues to research the special properties of the New Zealand “wonder honey”.

Original origin guaranteed

Real Manuka honey comes exclusively from New Zealand. A regulation from the New Zealand Department of Agriculture (MPI) has been in force since February 2018 to ensure the originality or New Zealand origin of Manuka honeys. It is particularly important for the export of the valuable natural product. Because no honey that does not pass the test developed by experts from five “Manuka markers” is allowed to leave New Zealand.

Purity and quality

Natural products such as honey differ from harvest to harvest. They come from many bee colonies, different beekeepers and locations. That is why checking the purity and quality of premium honeys plays an important role. Tests and controls of each batch on e.g. Contamination, toxin pollution, adulteration or heat damage ensure reliable quality.

German honey quality from New Zealand?

In New Zealand, the honey regulation applicable in Germany / Europe is of little importance. It is a matter of course for the supplier and exporter Manuka Health to check their honeys for conformity with the German Honey Ordinance. It includes a variety of honey-specific test criteria and is considered the most stringent quality test worldwide. Only those MGO ™ Manuka honeys that match her take the sea route to Germany to the New Zealand house importer.
Incidentally, the product can be traced back to the beekeeper via the Manuka Health Batch Code or the lot number on the label.

Responsibility is attitude - and vice versa

In New Zealand, the wild Manuka shrubs grow in pristine, often inaccessible areas. Local beekeepers know about the best places densely populated with Manuka. During the heyday from November to February, they put their beehives there, often on leased areas. But even here in seclusion, it can be "tight" for the bees' nectar supply if too many bees have to share the harvest.

That is why at the beginning of the harvest season, Manuka Health chief beekeeper Dave takes care to ensure the optimal distribution of the beehives. For him, sustainability and bee health take precedence over short-term honey yields, because both bees and humans benefit from them. The experienced beekeeper attaches great importance to beekeeping that is as gentle as possible, in which the nutrition and health of the beehive and special wintering programs are in the foreground. Manuka Health does not use antibiotics.

Safe shopping sources

Purchasing Manuka honey is also a question of quality. The New Zealand company, the Manuka expert and general importer of Manuka Health products, has made a name for its expertise and advisory skills. Here the customer is given competent advice by telephone and online. The health food store e.g. is the specialist for personal advice on site.

Manuka honey - just hype or really valuable?

Provocative said: Actually, it is “a shame” that Manuka Honey has become famous among celebrities and therefore all over the world. The growing demand not only increases the value and thus the prices for the New Zealand natural product, but also imitates or counterfeiters. Confidence in the reliable quality of a brand becomes all the more important.

Especially against the background of drastically increasing resistance to antibiotics (MRSA), Manuka Honey is moving ever further into the focus of science and research as a naturally effective antibiotic - not without reason. The "diagnosis" is: Manuka honey is more than honey and remains valuable for many people.

For further reading, here is a list of studies on the antibacterial effectiveness of Manuka honey.

Aled E. L. Roberts, Sarah E. Maddocks, Rose A. Cooper: Manuka honey is bactericidal against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and results in differential expression of oprF and algD (Microbiology 158: 3005-3013, December 01, 2012)

Lin SM, Molan PC, Cursons RT .: The controlled in vitro susceptibility of gastrointestinal pathogens to the antibacterial effect of manuka honey (Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011 Apr; 30 (4): 569-74)
Cokcetin NN, Pappalardo M, Campbell LT, Brooks P, Carter DA, Blair SE, Harry EJ ,: The Antibacterial Activity of Australian Leptospermum Honey Correlates with Methylglyoxal Levels (PLoS One. 2016 Dec 28; 11 (12): e0167780)

Rabie E, Serem JC, Oberholzer HM, Gaspar AR, Best MJ: How methylglyoxal kills bacteria: An ultrastructural study (Ultrastruct Pathol. 2016; 40 (2): 107-11)

Further studies:

Dental health
Fifth German Oral Health Study: Institute of German Dentists on behalf of the German Dental Association and the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists, Berlin, Cologne 2016
www.bzaek.de/fileadm www in / PDFs / dms / Summary_DMS_V.pdf
Prathibha Anand Nayak, R. Mythili R .: Effect of Manuka honey, chlorhexidine gluconate and xylitol on the clinical levels of dental plaque (Contemporary Clinical Dentistry. 2010 Oct; 1 (4): 214-7.)

Helen K. English, Peter C. Molan: The effects of manuka honey on plaque and gingivitis: a pilot study (Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology. 2004 Apr; 6 (2): 63-7)
C. Badet: The in vitro effect of manuka honeys on growth and adherence of oral bacteria (Anaerobe. 2011 Feb; 17 (1): 19-22)
Gesine Schäfer: Antibacterial effects of honey on Porphyromonas gingivalis, University of Jena 2011

Gastrointestinal tract
Eric N Hammond, Eric S Donkor: Antibacterial effect of Manuka honey on Clostridium difficile (BMC Res Notes. 2013; 6: 188)
Eric N Hammond, Eric S Donkor, Charles A Brown: Biofilm formation of Clostridium difficile and susceptibility to Manuka Honey (BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014; 14: 329)

Wound care
Journal of Wound Care, 2/2016, Title: In vitro activity of an engineered honey, medical-grade honeys, and antimicrobial wound dressings against biofilm-producing clinical bacterial isolates.

Molcules, 10/2015, Title: Comparing the Antibacterial and Functional Properties of Cameroonian and Manuka Honeys for Potential Wound Healing-Have We Come Full Cycle in Dealing with Antibiotic Resistance?

Jing Lu, Dee A. Carter, Lynne Turnbull, Douglas Rosendale, Duncan Hedderley, Jonathan Stephens, Swapna Gannabathula, Gregor Steinhorn, Ralf C. Schlothauer, Cynthia B. Whitchurch, Elizabeth J. Harry: The Effect of New Zealand Kanuka, Manuka and Clover Honeys on Bacterial Growth Dynamics and Cellular Morphology Varies According to the Species (PLoS One. 2013; 8 (2): e55898)

Michelle E. M. Campeau, Robin Patel: Antibiofilm Activity of Manuka Honey in Combination with Antibiotics (Int J Bacteriol. 2014; 2014: 795281)

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