Have You Discovered Manuka Honey?

ManukaJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Manuka honey is harvested from hives placed in hillside areas where native New Zealand Manuka trees flower, allowing honey bees to forage from spring to early summer. While it’s likely that bees may collect nectar from other sources as well, hives are placed where flowering Manuka trees are the predominant naturally growing vegetation to maximize exposure to the Manuka nectar. After harvesting, a sample of each batch of honey is sent to one of two main independent laboratories in New Zealand where the honey is tested and verified for methylglyoxal, a naturally occurring organic compound found in high concentrations in Manuka honey. Honey may be stored for one to two years before packaging to allow the medicinal properties to develop and intensify. While other types of honey have a mild antiseptic property, Manuka honey has been shown to have additional and more powerful antibacterial activity.

Since ancient times honey has been known to posses antimicrobial and wound-healing compounds, the importance of which has been well documented in the world’s oldest medical literatures. Honey’s antibacterial and immunomodulatory properties are due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide. Manuka honey, however, contains stable non-peroxide-based activity separate from peroxide activity, an additional and unique antibacterial factor. As resistant pathogens spread worldwide, and the effectiveness of antibiotics is diminished posing a serious threat to public health, researchers are re-evaluating the therapeutic use of ancient remedies, including the use of plants, plant-based products and medicinal honey. Utilized in the treatment of wounds right up to World War Two, medical grade honey has been successful in treating severe wounds, including ulcers, pressure sores, trauma injuries and infected surgical wounds, providing an alternative to antiseptics, which can harm healing tissue, and reducing the reliance on antibiotics.

Research has shown that natural, untreated Manuka honey has broad-spectrum antibacterial activity when tested against a wide range of bacteria, including pathogenic, oral, and food spoilage bacteria. Since ancient times honey has been applied topically to clear wound infection and accelerate healing. More recently, this honey has been shown have multiple broad-spectrum bioactivities that work synergistically to expedite the healing process. There’s good evidence that Manuka honey’s biologic activities stimulate the immune response, suppress inflammation, and bring out rapid removal of dead tissue in wound healing. The well documented anti-inflammatory activity of Manuka honey has been attributed to significant quantities of phenolic compounds known to pose significant antioxidant activity. Manuka’s stable flavonoid profile is comprised of quercetin, kaempferol and luteolin.

UMF® and MGO™ ratings are both used to indicate the antibacterial strength of the honey. A trademark of Manuka Health New Zealand LTD., MGO™ ratings refer to the level of the active, scientifically confirmed ingredient Methylglyoxal, the unique compound found in the pollen of Manuka tree flowers. The higher the MGO™ rating, the higher the level of antibacterial activity in the honey. The Unique Manuka Factor® (UMF®) grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka honey, and assures purity and quality. The international trademark is restricted to licensed users whose product is audited and monitored, ensuring that it provides non-peroxide antibacterial activity, and is natural, authentic and unadulterated.

Active food grade Manuka honey with an MGO™ of 250+ or a UMF® of 8+ has been known to have a positive impact on sore throats, stomach ulcers, heartburn, gum disease and gastrointestinal upset. Medical grade Manuka honey may be utilized internally, and is safe for topical use for issues such as eczema, psoriasis, nail fungus, acne and rosacea, wounds and burns, insect bites, and athlete’s foot. Manuka honey’s impressive array of health benefits include its antioxidant, antibacterial, and immune boosting properties, which may help improve digestive system function, fight disease, and support overall wellness. In addition to its healing compounds, Manuka honey contains amino acids, B vitamins, and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, potassium, sodium and zinc. Manuka honey may be applied topically as a balm, taken orally to soothe the throat or digestive tract, or consumed daily as a nutritional supplement to support general good health.

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Manuka Honey Medical...Manuka Honey Medical Grade by ManukaGuard®: This 100% pure Certified Medical Grade 16+ Manuka honey is harvested and processed to specific published standards. The honey may be used topically or taken internally in support of normal healthy digestion, as well as stomach comfort and function. Safe, effective, bioactive, all-natural New Zealand honey is gluten, preservative, and additive free. Vegetarian product.

MGO 250+ Manuka...MGO™ 250+ Manuka Honey by Manuka Health: This high grade, premium Manuka honey is certified to contain at least 250 mg/kg of natural methylglyoxal. Harvested from beehives located in remote and pristine area of New Zealand, this honey has full traceability from beehive to shelf. MGO™ 400+ and MGO 550+ 100% pure Manuka honey also available.

Manuka Honey Premium...Manuka Honey Premium Gold 12+ by ManukaGuard®: This potent Manuka honey provides superior support for gastrointestinal and immune health. Rich in antioxidants, as well as oligosaccharides that help maintain and promote beneficial probiotic activity and prebiotic function.

Manuka Honey Lip...Manuka Honey Lip Balm by Manuka Health: Pure New Zealand Manuka honey has a natural ability to nourish, soften, moisturize and soothe dry lips. The 100% natural ingredients include MGO™ 250+ Manuka honey, sweet almond oil, calendula oil and cacao seed butter. No parabens or added colors or flavors

Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/
Honey: A Biologic Wound Dressing. http://www.woundsresearch.com/article/honey-biologic-wound-dressing
Flavonoids, phenolic acids and abscisic acid in Australian and New Zealand Leptospermum honeys. http://www.umf.org.nz/wp-content/myimages/2016/11/Yao-L.-et-al.-2003.-Flavonoids-phenolic-acids-abscisic-acid-in-Australian-NZ-leptospernum-honeys.pdf
When will we take medicinal honey seriously? http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/28399182


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Super Bowl Fun Day

SuperBowlSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and, as the frenzy builds, parties are planned, friendly bets are placed, and supermarkets and pizza chains are geared up for major sales of chicken wings, guacamole, beer, salty snacks and of course, pizza. The food centric football bash gathers families, friends and fans to cheer on their team, disagree with the calls, and maybe more importantly, eat, drink, party and have fun! Second only to Thanksgiving Day in food consumption, and the busiest day for pizza deliveries, Super Bowl excesses result in over 1.5 million people calling in sick the morning after, and another 4.5 million arriving late for work. As Super Bowl Sunday has essentially become an American holiday, some wonder if it shouldn’t be followed by a day of recuperation we might call Super Bowl Monday.

As millions of us look forward to the championship game, what fun would the Super Bowl be if we didn’t indulge a bit?

Although this eating fest arrives just as people are forgetting about or giving up on their New Year’s pledges to adopt a healthier diet, one day of eating and drinking to excess doesn’t have long-term effects on metabolism or general fitness. Although we may experience bloating, heartburn or indigestion, most people return to normal within a day or two. Beware that if your team loses, you are more likely to eat high calorie, unhealthy food the day after the big game. The best cure for Sunday’s indulgence, once your hangover subsides, is to restart healthy habits on Monday. Those who consider Mondays as a day to get back on track after any indulgent weekend are the most successful at losing or maintaining their weight long-term. In other words, it appears that it’s what you eat Monday through Friday that matters most.

In a good news announcement, a major effort has been undertaken to drastically reduce plastic pollution at the stadium.

Super Bowl LII aims to be the first zero waste game in history. In a collaborative effort called Rush2Recyle, the NFL has partnered the US Bank Stadium in Minnesota, Aramark, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority and PepsiCo to recover more than 90% of the 40 tons of trash generated at the Super Bowl. To help meet this goal, Aramark partnered with Eco-Products to develop compostable cups, trays, straws, utensils and peanut bags that will help reduce 70% of the waste. Approximately 200 employees and volunteers will serve as project ambassadors to educate the 66,000 attendees about items that can be recycled, composted, and lastly, thrown away.

The sponsors have high hopes that this idea will spread to other leagues, teams and site operators, as it appears there’s no grander stage than the Super Bowl to draw attention to the important issue of recycling and reducing waste. So, while we are socializing and enjoying the game, it pays to be mindful of own carbon footprint and the impact of waste on the planet, oceans, and sea life. Not only Super Bowl Sunday, but every day, being pro-active and environmentally friendly is the socially responsible way to be.

Super Bowl Fun Facts

  • When Super Bowl I was played on January 15th, 1967, the priciest ticket cost $12, and a 30 second commercial cost $40,000. This year’s event, if you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, will cost approximately $3,200 per ticket, and a 30 second commercial will cost $5 million.
  • In the U.S. alone, more than 111 million people watched Super Bowl LI. At least 100 million Americans are expected to watch Super Bowl LII. As many as one billion people are expected to tune in globally.
  • Americans will drink 52 million cases of beer, largely American brands.
  • Chicken wings, pizza and potato chips are the most popular Super Bowl snacks with more than 1.3 billion chicken wings consumed and 12.5 million pizzas.
  • Along with 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 160 million avocados will be consumed, largely in the form of guacamole.
  • It’s estimated that Americans will consume up to 2400 calories per person during the game.
  • Justin Timberlake will perform the 13-minute half time show. Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX performance remains the most-viewed half time show, followed by Lady Gaga’s performance at Super Bowl LI.
  • The National Anthem will be performed by Pink, and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. will sing America the Beautiful.
  • The seven-pound Super Bowl trophy, designed and manufactured by Tiffany & Co., takes nearly 70 hours to forge at a cost of $50,000.
  • Super Bowl Championship rings are manufactured by Jostens at a cost of $36,500 each.
  • The American Gaming Association estimates that approximately $4.76 billion will be bet on the Super Bowl this year with just 3% bet in Nevada.

Have fun everyone. Enjoy the game, the food and the comradery!

Super Bowl Project to Score Zero Waste on Gameday. https://www.environmentalleader.com/2018/01/super-bowl-zero-waste/
Super Bowl LII Ratings Will Be Super, But Not A Record. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradadgate/2018/01/31/super-bowl-lii-ratings-will-be-super-just-not-a-record/#29c21e1c11fd
Lady Gaga Pulls Second-Most Viewers Ever for Super Bowl Halftime Performance. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7684905/lady-gaga-super-bowl-halftime-viewers-number
Here are the extravagant rings given to Super Bowl champions over the years. http://www.businessinsider.com/super-bowl-champion-rings-2017-2/#super-bowl-i-1967-green-bay-packers-35-kansas-city-chiefs-10-1
Gamblers expected to bet a whopping $4.8 billion on the Super Bowl and only about 3% will happen in Nevada. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-will-be-bet-on-super-bowl-2018-1