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Manuka Honey is produced by bees who pollinate the flower Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the manuka bush in New Zealand. Manuka honey’s antibacterial properties are what set it apart from traditional honey.
Methylglyoxal is its active ingredient and likely responsible for these antibacterial effects.
Additionally, manuka honey has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
Manuka has traditionally been used for wound healing, soothing sore throats, preventing tooth decay and improving digestive issues.