5 Powerful benefits of Manuka honey (slideshow)

1. Wound healing

All types of honey can help with wound healing because they’re high in sugar and low in pH, which prevents microbes from growing. A reaction that takes place in honey also produces high amounts of hydrogen peroxide, which fights off bacteria and other microbes.

But because it contains so much methylglyoxal (MGO), Manuka honey is special. It’s been shown to fight off antibiotic-resistant superbugs that no other honey or modern medical treatment can. One 2011 study even found that Manuka honey can make these superbugs less resistant to antibiotics. That means, it’s helpful in those cases when a wound just won’t heal and antibiotics are not helping.

So if you have a stubborn wound (or even just an everyday one), slather on some Manuka honey, grab some gauze and call it a day.

Read: Five reasons to avoid antibiotics

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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.