Articles, News, and Resources about Manuka Honey
November 15, 2018
Honey has been known for its therapeutic properties since the time of ancient civilizations. Modern scientists have been catching up with this time-honored knowledge in recent decades. In a recent review of scientific research studies on Manuka honey, researchers looked at the properties of Manuka honey, its chemical composition with special reference to flavonoids, polyphenol, and other bioactive trace compounds used in carcinogenesis (the development of cancer), tissue regeneration, and other health benefitting functions.
The included studies they reviewed showed that Manuka honey can inhibit the process of carcinogenesis by controlling different molecular processes, and progression of cancer cells. Also, Manuka honey has been found to have various biological activities, including antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-proliferative capacities. Scientists have also tried to use Manuka honey in the area of tissue engineering to design a template for regeneration.
The big take away here is that in addition to bacterial growth inhibition, Manuka honey can enhance wound healing and tissue regeneration by its immunomodulatory properties, as well as have positive effect on cancer development and progression.
October 12, 2018
The children at the Toko School have split their hives! With Raul's help of course. ;-)
Read about all their work (and fun!) on their latest blog post here.
For our new readers - about a year ago, Bees & Trees donated bees and hives to the Toko School in New Zealand, and we have been following their learning through the entire process of beekeeping all the way to selling their honey! It's been a lot of fun to follow.
September 21, 2018
According to Forbes, the typical American consumes 130 lbs. of sugar each year – that’s 22 teaspoons of sugar per day! Between processed foods, bread, pasta, rice, soda, cookies, cakes, and so many more, sugars lurk everywhere in the average American diet.
Consuming all of that sugar causes a lot of problems, like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, acne, fatigue, and so much more. And it’s not easy to control your sweet tooth; refined sugar can be as addictive to the brain as cocaine.
Sugar is bad news. But not all sweeteners are created equal. Even though both sugar and honey are classified as sweeteners, raw honey and sugar are nothing alike:
Honey contains many nutrients. Refined sugars have generally been stripped of all their nutrients during processing.
So, as you can see, the evidence is quite clear – honey is a healthier choice than sugar to use as a sweetener. But, any sweetener should be consumed in far fewer quantities than the current average of 22 teaspoons of sugar per day! A balanced diet that consists of lots of fruits and veggies is the way to go.
And since we’re talking about the benefits of honey, we’d be remiss not to mention the added benefits of Manuka honey. Manuka honey has lots of health-boosting properties, including being antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and immune-stimulating to name a few. One thing is for sure, Nature knows what it’s doing, and Manuka honey is one of Nature’s gifts.
Bees & Trees Manuka honey is raw, hive-to-jar pure goodness. And if you've compared prices, you know that our honey is a much better value than the big brands ounce for ounce. You can get your own jar here.
If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us. We're here to help.
-The Bees & Trees Team
A quick catch-up for our new followers. In September of 2017, Bees & Trees supplied a hive of bees and the time of our head Beekeeper, Raul, to the Toko School in New Zealand. The Toko School is a Green Gold Enviro School, so having a beehive makes a lot of sense. The children have been on a journey of beekeeping and it's been a lot of fun to follow!
They are celebrating Bee Aware Month and are splitting their hive in preparation for another great year of tending the bees and learning along the way. You can read their latest blog post and see more pictures here.
September 13, 2018
Our Manuka honey is region specific, produced in Taranaki, which is on the west-central part of the North Island. The areas where we produce our Manuka honey are remote even by New Zealand standards. Much of the land either borders on or is part of publicly owned native forest reserves. We place our hives in some of the most remote and pristine areas of the New Zealand backcountry.
One of our landowner partners is the New Zealand Native Forest Restoration Trust whose mission includes purchasing recovering farmland, and overseeing the land’s management to support and enable regeneration of the native forest. We are partnering with this group on a block of land called the Omoana Bush Extension in the heart of the area where we operate. This year, plantings of Manuka seedlings began on the land purchased jointly by our company and the Trust back in 2016 to jump-start this regeneration process on some of the land that had been most intensely developed and farmed - roughly 10 acres around the old homestead. The remaining 500 acres of land is already well underway with Manuka growth that is coming back on its own after the completion of farming operations and removal of the stock (in this case sheep) when the property was purchased.
The Native Forest Restoration Trust is dedicated to protecting New Zealand’s native forests and wetlands. Not just for today, but for generations to come. Since its founding in 1980, the Native Forest Restoration Trust has acquired land to promote the regeneration of forests, protect important species and restore their habitats, and to improve the quality of waterways. It has purchased and protected well over 7,000 hectares of native forests and wetlands throughout New Zealand.
The Trust was formed in 1980 when a group of people got together to protest the felling of giant totara in Pureora Forest. Their ethos remains the same as it was back then – if we all come together, we can achieve extraordinary things. And they have achieved extraordinary things. Today, the Trust manages over 7,000 hectares of reserves, protected forever for all to enjoy.
Each piece of land that they look to purchase is assessed on its ecological significance, viability for ensuring the long-term sustainability of that particular type of habitat and capacity to naturally regenerate. When it has been purchased, they place it under a covenant for permanent protection through the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. A covenant ensures that New Zealand’s native species are protected forever. This ensures that the land can never be harvested, cleared or developed. They appoint an honorary ranger and establish a management plan for the area, often working with local volunteers to carry this out. This often includes making sure that the area is protected from invasive pests and predators through predator-control and plant management programs, fencing the property to keep stock out and creating paths and information boards for visitors.
The Trusts invites you to explore the extraordinary natural beauty that New Zealand has to offer further by learning more about the reserves. You can find their details here.
Because we use these remote, pristine areas for our bees to forage on the Manuka plants, and we harvest and sell raw, hive-to-jar Manuka honey, you can be sure that you are getting the highest quality Manuka honey possible. We believe supporting these natural areas is a win-win situation for all involved. We are able to help restore native lands, produce one of nature’s finest natural foods, and provide you with a natural food that can help you become healthier and stay well. We’re committed to providing the highest quality Manuka honey available.
September 6, 2018
Manuka honey has been well studied for its effectiveness on a wide variety of issues and ailments. We recently posted an article on our blog journal about the effectiveness of Manuka honey on tooth decay/cavities. As part of our continuous efforts to educate and inform consumers about Manuka honey, we are proud to contribute our Manuka honey to additional research on the effects of Manuka honey as it relates to remineralizing and reversing initial dental caries (tooth decay) in children. This research will examine Manuka honey’s ability to arrest or even reverse the spread of devastating carious lesions (tooth decay) in children. The study is being conducted at the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, JSS Dental College and Hospital, JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research in India.
September 5, 2018
Nobody wants tooth decay, otherwise known as a cavity. And we especially don’t want our children to have a cavity. But unfortunately, tooth decay is all too common. But what exactly causes tooth decay?
The sugars in foods like bread, beans, fruit, potatoes, and many others act with bacteria already in your mouth to form acids, which then combine to form plaque, which clings to the teeth. The acid in plaque, over time, will wear a hole in a tooth. Once a hole gets in a tooth, then the bacteria can get inside the hole. When that happens a cavity starts forming.
The best way to prevent this from happening is good oral hygiene, which includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. And since the bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars, it’s important to rinse the sugars off of your teeth after every meal by drinking some water. In addition, research has shown that Manuka honey can also be helpful in reducing the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay.
Researchers at the Department of Periodontics, Modern Dental College & Research Centre in India explored strategies for reducing dental plaque. One of the strategies explored used Manuka honey. In the group of study participants that used the Manuka honey treatment, the subjects were trained to apply the honey gently into the space between the tooth and the gum tissue that surround all the teeth, wait for five minutes and then repeat the procedure twice. The honey was applied twice a day after meals. The study concluded that the Manuka honey reduced plaque formation significantly better than other treatments.
In another pilot study with children, Manuka honey was deposited on the surfaces of the teeth twice daily. After application, the children were instructed to hold the honey in the mouth and not swallow it for one minute; they were then asked to spit out the honey at the end of one minute, and not to eat/drink/rinse for 30 minutes thereafter. There were statistically significant reductions in the bacteria that cause plaque and tooth decay. The study concluded that the use of Manuka honey emerged as an effective adjunctive oral hygiene measure.
It’s important to note that high activity Manuka honey was used in these studies. And don’t forget, when looking at a Manuka honey product label, just be sure it has the actual methylglyoxal (MG) level or the UMF rating. Anything else can’t be trusted.
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If still in doubt or you have a question not covered in this article, just ask us; we are happy to help.
At Bees & Trees Manuka Honey, we are on a mission to bring understanding and assurance to you as the consumer. We put the MG level right on our jar. We happily provide our independent lab test to you for each and every batch of honey that we produce showing the actual MG content (linked at the bottom of each product page on our website). We provide origin certification from Oritain, a global leader in preventing food fraud. When you buy Bees & Trees Manuka honey, you can be confident that you're getting the real thing. You deserve to know and to get what you are paying for.
September 5, 2018
“Hi, Just heard about your honey from a SIBO summit and would like to give it a try. I'm not sure if I need to buy the higher activity product to help heal my gut-maybe SIBO. Do you have any suggestions as to how much to take each day and whether on empty stomach or not? I am fairly new to Manuka Honey. Currently, I have a few other brands to help with a wound that didn't want to heal and to take internally. I would like to switch to your company going forward after visiting your site and feeling a real connection. It's pricey for my budget, so I want to use it wisely to get the benefits. Thank you for any help so I can place my order soon!”
(SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is a disorder of excessive bacterial growth in the small intestine)
Bees & Trees:
First and foremost, be sure to check the label of any brand you purchase to make sure it has either a UMF rating or the actual amount of MG (methylglyoxal) on the label. I am not a doctor and don’t have medical training, so any advice I give is based on personal experience or anecdotes from others. Typically, I suggest taking 2-3 teaspoons of honey per day for gut issues - I would eat it right off the spoon. If you are switching to Bees & Trees brand, I would try the 550+ MG activity honey if you are dealing with a specific issue. But if cost is an issue, our 350+ MG activity honey is a solid medium activity honey and still has good potency.
Thank you for the feedback on our site, we work hard to inform and educate our consumers about the benefits of Manuka honey and how to identify if a jar is properly labeled. I hope this information is helpful.
Bees & Trees Founder
Bees & Trees has been working hard to educate and inform consumers about the misleading labeling of Manuka honey in the US market through our website blog posts and Facebook posts. This article reinforces what we've been sounding the alarm about. They mention the UMF rating, but they don't say that the other legitimate way to label Manuka honey is by displaying the actual amount of methylglyoxal (MG) on the label, which is what we do.
UMF is a trademarked term that can only be used by companies who pay to participate in the "Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association," an industry trade association. We, along with a many other producers, choose to use the actual concentration of methylglyoxal on our labels.