Miracle of Manuka Honey
Proven Effective on Even Some Superbugs



Holly Deyo
April 22, 2019
standeyo.com

One product Stan and I would not be without is medical-grade Manuka Honey. We first became acquainted with it while living in Australia over 2 decades ago. For centuries people recognized its healing properties, but it gradually was overtaken in popularity by antibiotics and other wildflower alternatives. Now that many bacteria are conventional-treatment resistent, the pendulum is swinging in the other direction.

In 1980, noted New Zealand biochemist, Dr. Peter Molan proved Manuka Honey's antibacterial properties. The Maori who are native to New Zealand were long aware of its value and its an integral part of their traditional medicine. 'Manuka' is actually a Maori term indicating a honey only comes from New Zealand, much like real champagne comes from a certain region in France.


Medical Grade Paste & Gel Manuka Honey

Both Antibacterial Wound Gel and Paste perform healing miracles as well as being effective against MRSA, MSSA, VRE and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria like Staph, E.coli, H.pylori and Clostridium difficile. Not trying to be gross, but if a scab or healing skin has any signs of redness around it, applying Medihoney takes care of it. It 'eats through' the scab or unhealthy skin and debrides it. No, it doesn't hurt, you don't even feel it, and you end up with no infection – just healthy pink skin. It works well for diabetic foot and leg ulcers, as well as treating bed sores and pressure wounds, 1st and 2nd degree burns, plus surgical and donor sites.

About 6 years ago, Stan had his gallbladder removed laparoscopically and it left just a small hole. We thought it'd be healed in a week or two. Instead, it did nothing until it turned an angry red. This was a nasty surprise because Stan showers daily and is scrupulous about hygiene keeping any wounds or cuts absolutely sterile and bandaged. So he opened a new tube of Medihoney paste, applied it generously to his abdomen and slapped a band-aid over it. By the second day, the infection had completely cleared and the surgical 'hole' healed quickly.

When purchasing, make sure the product contains Manuka Honey (Leptospermum species) from New Zealand. Look for a "UMF" seal on the box, which indicates it contains enough Manuka to kill bacteria. If the UMF marker is absent, look for the amount of Manuka honey the product contains. Ours has 80%, sometimes printed as 800mg/g, which is excellent. The tube says right under the MEDIHONEY name "contains 80% Active Leptospermum honey."

Use the paste to fill a 'hole' like with Stan's gallbladder surgery or if a large area needs to be treated especially if wound liquid is coming out of the injury. For anything thing else, use either the gel of paste.

NOTE: Manuka honey products are not to be used on 3
rd degree burns or given to children 1 year old and younger.

Once home in America we used to have to import ours from New Zealand, but you can buy it here from Integra (formerly Derma Sciences) direct or get their Medihoney gel or paste from Amazon.

TIP: Since Medihoney degrades more rapidly once the seal is broken, it would be clever to purchase 2 smaller tubes than one large one.


So Many Raw Manuka Products, How to Choose

Literally hundreds of raw Manuka Honey products are offered on Amazon, but only some are worth your money.

New Zealand requires strict government testing so their labels accurately reflect the amount of genuine Manuka Honey a products contains. Unfortunately the same can't be said of products manufactured in the U.S.

Rigorous government testing and labelling rules apply in New Zealand, and not all honey products marketed in the USA meet those standards. More than a few honey labels show ‘marketing ratings’, which can make it confusing.

The most important factor when appraising the effectiveness of Manuka Honey is the honey’s concentration of Manuka, which is measured by UMF or by MGO, methylglyoxal concentration. Without a UMF or MGO rating it's hard to know whether a honey is genuine Manuka, or a lower-grade blend.

We’ve used the honey bestseller list from Amazon’s Grocery department to identify their most popular New Zealand Manukas. The list shows their UMF and MG/MGO Manuka Honey ratings starting with the highest. The price guide shown is what Amazon listed during the week this article was written.

If you're new to this topic, here are some terms you'll run across:

MANUKA RATINGS EXPLAINED
RATING
ORIGIN
VERIFICATION
CRITERIA
SOURCE
Gold Standard: UMF
Developed by independent scientists & consumer protection advocates Accredited testing Guaranteed minimum level of 3 chemical markers in Manuka Honey: Leptosperin, DHA, Methylglyoxal (MGO) 100% Monofloral Manuka
Silver Standard: MGO
Single compound ID'ed by a university professor Non-Verified Approx. levels of Methylglyoxal (MGO) Can vary between Manuka, Kanuka & Multifloral
No Standard: phrases like – a "Factor" number, "Bio-Active", "+", no UMF
Developed by Marketers Non-Verified Unknown Non-Verified


The List

This chart of Amazon's top-selling Manuka Honeys will help you choose the right one. Links are given for each so you can read more about each product. UMF ratings actually go as low as 5, which is for consumption like honey on toast having only scant medicinal properties, if any. Since Manuka Honey is so expensive, we suggest using locally processed honey so you get the added value of its anti-allergen properties. The higher the UMF rating, the mightier its healing properties and so goes the price.

This article was started on April 15 and in the following 4 days prices had changed, up or down, on 5 products. You might also find that periodically one brand or size may be temporarily unavailable. Pricing listed below was current as of April 19, 2019 and rounded to the nearest dollar. You may be able to locate these products elsewhere and this should give you a guideline of what to expect.

RAW MANUKA HONEY SOURCES
MANUKA HONEY
UMF RATING
MGO RATING
EXPECTED COST (prices are rounded)
250g (8.8 oz)
500g (17.6 oz) unless otherwise noted
Manukora UMF 20+
20
830+
$68 ($.27 / g)
$125 ($.25 / g)
Kiva UMF 20+
20+
825+
$66 ($.26 / g)
Steens UMF 20+
20
829
$120 ($.48 / g)
$225 ($.45 / g)
Pure New Zealand 20+
20
829+
$63 ($.25 / g)
Comvita Certified UMF 20+
20+
829
$110 ($.44 / g)
Onuku Manuka Honey UMF 20+
20+
830+
$64 ($.26 / g)
Egmont Manuka Honey
20
829+
$70 ($.28 / g)
Bella Manuka
20+
830+
$68 ($.27 / g)
PRI Manuka Honey 20+
20+
830+
$43.5 ($.9 / g)
Happy Valley UMF 18+
18+
690+
$60 ($.24 / g)
$100 ($.20 / g)
Melora UMF 18+
18
696
$50 ($.20 / g)
Manuka Health MGO 550+*
(*uses an MGO rating)
15.6
550
$68.50 ($.27 / g)
$124 ($.25 / g)
Comvita UMF 15+
15+
514+
$47 ($.19 / g)
Happy Valley UMF 15+
15
514
$70 ($.14 / g)
Happy Valley UMF 15+
15
514
$40 ($.16 / g)
Kiva UMF 15+
15
514
$43 ($.17 / g)
Natural Solutions UMF 15+
15
514
$39 ($.16 / g)
$70 ($.14 / g)
Wild Cape UMF 15+
15+
514
$38 ($.15 / g)
$69 ($.14 / g)
Manuka Health MGO 400+
12.9
400
$35 ($.14 / g)
$86 ($.17 / g)
Tahi UMF 12+
12
350
$48 ($.12 / g - [400g])
Happy Valley UMF 10+
10
263
$28 ($.11 / g)
$48 ($.10 / g)
Wild Cape UMF 10+
10
263
$30 ($.12 / g)
$48 ($.10 / g)
Steens UMF 10+
10
263
$29 ($.12 / g)
$38 ($.11 / g - [340g])
Pure New Zealand 10+
10+
263+
$32 ($.13 / g)




ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Holly Drennan Deyo is the author of four books: bestseller Dare To Prepare (6th ed.), Prudent Places USA (4th ed.), Prophetic Perils: End Time Events Revealed and Garden Gold (2017 ed.) Please visit she and her husband's website: standeyo.com and their FREE Preparedness site: DareToPrepare.com.

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