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What’s So Special About Manuka Honey?

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Alright, so, depending on the severity of your sweet tooth, you may already be a fan of honey. You might even be aware of its countless benefits. It can strengthen your immune system, improve physical performance, assist with ailments like hangovers, reduce insomnia, and more.

Like I said, pretty sweet, right?

Well, it gets sweeter. Manuka honey is like regular honey’s hot cousin with a New Zealand accent. It’s sourced from the manuka bush, which is native to New Zealand and Australia, and there many reasons to cherish it as a GR8 food.

It’s GR8 for Healing

The FDA approves manuka honey as a viable treatment for wounds. It’s antibacterial and works to promote the regeneration of tissue as well as decrease pain. It’s been used for its therapeutic properties since ancient times. It stops bacteria from growing within a wound and helps the process along quickly. It introduces acidity to wounds, which also helps speed healing as well.

A Sweet Treat That’s Good for Your Teeth? Unreal

We all know that sweets are generally horrible for oral health. Could manuka be our sugar messiah? Yes, yes, it can. In chewable form, manuka honey can be used to reduce dental plaque and gingivitis. This makes it an effective treatment for periodontal disease. It’s helpful for those suffering from swollen or receding gums, as well as bad breath.

Your Gut Agrees

If you’ve never had the displeasure of disrupting your gut, lucky you! Just kidding, chances are you probably have, as there are countless ways in which our guts are affected by our everyday choices, some of which we’re not aware of.

Your gut, however, is likely a fan of manuka honey. It prevents the overproduction of bacteria in the small intestine. It promotes low stomach acid, otherwise known as keeping heartburn away. It’s also got a balancing effect on the existing beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract. Oh, and did I mention it’s also an effective prebiotic? AKA, it can help to assist your body in the production of good bacteria in addition to balancing it.

Just Add CBD

Joining the list of innovative CBD infusions is the combination of CBD and manuka honey. It’s being used for skincare benefits and being infused into skincare products such as lotions, masks, and balms. However, it doesn’t stop there. The two are also being infused into tinctures for rapid absorption, and time will only tell what other fascinating concoctions will be made.

In short, though I could probably go on, manuka honey is indeed unique. The only downsides are that due to limited sourcing, it does tend to be a bit more expensive than your average honey (because it isn’t average).

A Note from GR8NESS

Consulting with a physician is always wise before introducing something new to your diet. But those with diabetes should receive the green light from their doctors due to its sugar content. Enjoy!

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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