Science or snake oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections?

Science or snake oil: is manuka honey really a ‘superfood’ for treating colds, allergies and infections?

Manuka honey regularly gets a mention in replies as something to try for stubborn infections, so this article will be of interest to many of us. Manuka honey is often touted as a “superfood” that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds.

Manuka can apparently also boost energy, “detox” your system, lower cholesterol, stave off diabetes, improve sleep, increase skin tone, reduce hair loss and even prevent frizz and split ends.

Some of these claims are nonsense, but some have good evidence behind them.

Nural Cokcetin, Postdoctoral Researcher and Shona Blair, General Manager, ithree institute, both of the University of Technology Sydney separate the hype from the reality: theconversation.com/science...

Just remember that un-pasteurised honey should not be consumed if you are neutropenic :(

Neil

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  • Fascinating stuff. Thank you.

  • I use it sometimes and give it to my kids when they get a cold. Costly stuff. If nothing else it is an expensive taste treat.

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