Monday, March 21, 2016

Products We Love❣: Manuka Honey

The first time I heard about Manuka Honey was when a radiologist suggested that lung cancer patients take a spoonful of Manuka Honey before radiation treatments to coat their throats and protect their esophagus from the harsh affects radiation has on the body. 

Manuka Honey is a product of New Zealand. It's the product of bees that pollinate the Manuka Bush. Due to its medicinal properties, Manuka Honey is graded by a medicinal standard called UMF, Unique Manuka Factor, a global standard in identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka Honey.  The UMF is used to assure that the Manuka Honey's  medicinal properties are up to quality standards.  

After researching Manuka Honey verses other types of more mainstream honey, I was shocked to learn that Manuka honey has 4 times the nutritional content of any other flower honey. It also has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey. These enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide that works as an antibacterial. Many strains of this honey have higher levels of hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone which are used to grade the UMF of the Manuka Honey. 

Some say that anything below +10 UMF doesn't carry any medicinal benefits while other claim it does. While using +5 UMF Manuka Honey, the benefits are noticeably present.  

While most honey on the shelves these days are high fructose corn syrup with a honey colored food dye, it's safe to say that with a UMF quality control, Manuka Honey is definitely something you should add to your diet.  Manuka Honey which is rich in, Amino acid, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Zinc is Raw Earth Medicine Approved! 

Here's an easy way to incorporate Manuka Honey into your lifestyle:

Anti-inflammatory Latte:

1 tbsp Turmeric
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tspn Nutmeg
2 tbsp Manuka Honey 

4- 8 ounces Hot Coffee (any hot liquid)

Optional ingredients: fennel seeds, ginger & black pepper

Add all dry ingredients to the bottom of your cup. Put Manuka Honey on a spoon in the cup and pour the hot liquid over the spoon while while stiring the ingredients and Enjoy! 

Health Benefits:

The combination of Manuka Honey, Cinnamon and Turmeric work as a natural anti inflammatory, the equivalent to taking Advil or Celebrex. Having this latte every day will decrease the symptoms of chronic pain, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic swelling, nerve damage and many other inflammation based diseases within 30 days of continual use. 

Adding the optional fennel seeds will help reduce the acid affect of coffee as well as reduce any symptoms from acid reflux, chronic heartburn and gastrointestinal issues. 

Adding the optional Ginger will help with digestion and reducing intestinal bloating 

Adding the optional Black Pepper hyper activates the benefits of the turmeric 

(Additional optional ingredients fennel, ginger and black pepper included in photo) 

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