Manuka Honey

Reduces Gingivitis

  • In 2004 The Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology published a 21-day pilot study in which UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) 15 honey or a sugarless chewing gum (control group) was administered to 30 volunteers as a chew-able product and taken 3 times per day after each meal. Compared to the control group, the manuka honey group saw highly significant reductions in plaque and bleeding sites on the gums. [Source]
  • In 2014 the Swiss Dental Journal published a in vitro study which showed Manuka honey with a UMF factor of 15 or higher possessed significantly higher antibacterial activity against oral bacteria than other types of honey tested. [Source]
  • In 2014 the Journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventative Dentistry published a study in which children brushed their teeth with either UMF 19.5 manuka honey or a regular brushing routine. After 21 days salivary samples showed that the children in the manuka honey group had significant reductions in Streptococcus mutans –  an oral bacteria that is a major contributor to tooth decay. [Source]
  • In 2010 Contemporary Clinical Dentistry published a study which compared the effect of manuka honey, chlorhexidine gluconate and xylitol chewing gum on dental plaque in 60 male dental students. The result showed that manuka honey and chlorhexidine reduced plaque formation significantly better than xylitol chewing gum. [Source]

Anti-Tumor Properties

  • In 2013 The Public Library of Science published an animal study in which mice treated intravenously with manuka honey saw a 33 percent inhibition of tumor growth. [Source]

Anti-bacterial properties

  • In 2014 the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research published an in vitro study in which manuka honey showed antibacterial activity against the bacteria stains, Escherichia coli (E. Coli) and Enterococcus faecalis, leading researchers to note the potential of manuka honey as a root canal disinfectant. [Source]

Wound Care

  • In 2008 The British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery published an article stating that in their wound care clinic they have successfully been using manuka honey in wound care dressings to prevent MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections. [Source]
  • In 2008 the Journal of Wound Care published a randomized controlled trial involving 90 patients in which manuka honey eradicated MRSA in 70 percent of wounds after 4 weeks compared to 16 percent eradication for hydrogel-treated wounds. [Source]

Antioxidant Properties

  • In 2013 Clinics published an animal study in which rats supplemented with manuka honey saw a reduced level of DNA damage and increased antioxidant activity in the liver. The authors note that manuka honey can be used as an alternative supplement to improve antioxidant status. [Source]
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