The health benefits of the unprocessed and raw honey are very well known, but, in Australia, a group of scientists have made a significant discovery – that one particular type of honey is capable of killing off almost any bacteria that comes its way and that is known to scientists, including some of the worst bacteria a man knows about.

In the June edition in the year of 2009, the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases published these findings, and this could hold special significance at a time when many of the antibiotics in the world that we know of are failing to deliver, especially against the bacteria called superbugs.

Kills off all the Harmful Bacteria

Kills off all the Harmful Bacteria

The honey we are talking about is the manuka honey, which is mainly produced in New Zealand and also can be found under the name jelly bush honey. This is a honey that has become so popular in the last couple of years that there have been reported shortages of it and fake products have been sold, leading to the producers of the real manuka honey in New Zealand to trademark their production (similar to the French champagne and Scottish whiskey). It is quite easy to notice how the secret of it got out and what kind of benefits this particular honey can bring to you.

How is it created?

Well, the manuka honey is created by the bees who are foraging on the nectar of the Leptospermum Scoparium, the manuka bush in New Zealand, as well as the tea trees who are native only to Australia and New Zealand. In the studies we have mentioned, a group of Australian researchers found out that this particular type of honey can kill every bacteria or a pathogen (and it was tested on a lot of them), according to one report by The Australian.

This honey can be topically applied if you want to fight off infections of the skin, insect bites or cuts, or it can be taken orally.But, the most exciting difference so far when there were tests done on the manuka honey was that none of the superbugs which were defeated by the honey managed to build up their immunity again, which is ultimately the latest issue we have nowadays with the regular antibiotics.

The new antibiotics have a tendency to have a short shelf life, and the bacteria they attack tends to quickly become immune to it. Many of the large pharmaceutical companies have abandoned the production of antibiotics mostly because of the difficulty of the recovering costs.

This is why developing safe and effective alternatives can save many human lives. According to the doctor who claims that the manuka honey is effective, Dr. Carter, there is a compound inside of it called methylglyoxal, which combines itself with other yet unknown compounds in order to create a multi system failure which destroys all the  bacteria.

Where can you find the manuka honey?

The manuka honey is sold online and in health stores, although the levels of supply has fluctuated in the most recent years and there have been documented a lot of cases of fake manuka honey being sold. So, when you are looking for a real manuka honey, look for the one that is UMF certified.

The UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, which is the property of the manuka bushes that give the unique properties of this honey. This is a term that has been regulated by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association from New Zealand and only a handful of certified manuka honey products can be found on Amazon.

The brand Comvita manuka honey is available on Amazon and it is UMF certified. One particular consumer commented that the manuka honey helped them with their MRSA. She had done a great amount f research for a friend that had the MRSA, but unfortunately, she got it too.

Thankfully, because of all the previous research she had done, she knew exactly what to do. As soon as she noticed the red bump which she thought was a mosquito bit, she left it over night and in the morning realized that it was something much more different.

Her husband immediately knew what they were about to deal with. So, she got her hands on the manuka honey and treated herself with it, and within a period of only a couple of hours she felt relief, and within a couple of days it was all gone!

Even though a lot of further research needs to be done, it is safe to say that the manuka honey will show plenty of promise in defeating one of the biggest health challenges we are facing in this 21st century, and this is a research that should definitely not be taken lightly.