5 Powerful benefits of Manuka honey (slideshow)

Honey is really healthy…

It’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants — which means it battles bacteria, cools inflammation and fights off free radicals.

But there’s one particular kind of honey that stands out from the pack when it comes to health benefits…

Manuka honey.

Manuka honey is made from the nectar of Manuka trees, which are native to Australia and New Zealand. It’s healthier than other types of honey because it contains a large amount of an active compound called methylglyoxal (MGO), which has powerful antimicrobial abilities.

Manuka honey is one of those natural remedies that can easily sound too good to be true. Some say Manuka honey can do everything from healing allergies to lowering cholesterol to fighting cancer.

Of course, not all of the reported benefits of Manuka honey have been proven by science. That doesn’t mean they’re not true, just that they haven’t been studied yet… or haven’t been studied thoroughly enough to say for sure if they’re true. But here are five healing uses of this amazing honey that are scientifically proven:

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.