Manuka honey is made by from bees collecting nectar from native New Zealand Manuka trees. It has numerous health benefits that differentiate it from regular honey. One of these benefits is its suitability as a treatment of sore throats. The presence of the compound known as Methylglyoxal is the reason behind most of the beneficial properties of Manuka honey.
How Manuka Honey Helps Treat a Sore Throat
The benefits of high-potency Manuka honey as an anti-bacterial have been scientifically researched and accepted.
There is research that validates Manuka honey’s medicinal value for inhibiting viruses; however, it is not as extensive as bacterial research.
Research also confirms Manuka honey’s anti-inflammatory properties.
These anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties are what make Manuka honey a sore throat treatment worth considering.
Manuka honey’s anti-bacterial properties
A study conducted in 2012 validated the effectiveness of Manuka honey in reducing the bacteria that causes Strep Throat, a common bacterial infection that causes a sore throat.
In the study, scientists incubated highly concentrated Manuka honey in the biofilms of the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, which led to a high degree of cell death and degeneration. The Manuka honey caused bacterial cells to remove themselves from other cells, rendering them incapable of dividing further or growing. These findings indicate that manuka honey has potential in the topical treatment of wounds containing Streptococcus pyogenes.
Studies have also suggested that the regular intake of Manuka honey twice every day enhances oral hygiene and reduces the risk of a Streptococcus infection.
Manuka honey’s anti-viral properties
The research into Manuka honey’s anti-viral properties is less extensive than its anti-bacterial properties. However, the results of a study completed in 2014 showed that Manuka honey has potent inhibitory activity against the influenza virus, demonstrating a potential medicinal value.
Manuka honey’s anti-inflammatory properties
The pain of a sore throat is enhanced by inflammation in the affected area, specifically the pharynx and tonsils.
A study in 2014 found that Manuka honey helps to modulate the inflammatory response associated with wound healing. One the basis of this research, it is commonly suggested that one of the benefits of using Manuka honey to treat a sore throat is its impact on reducing the inflammatory response experienced.
How to use Manuka honey for a sore throat
There is no specific dosage of Manuka honey recommended for a sore throat, given it is a natural food, and it’s potency varies. The more Methylglyoxal (MGO) present in Manuka honey, the more effective it will be. If you intend to help a sore throat, choose Manuka honey with higher MGO levels.
Here some ideas for how you can consume Manuka honey to help with a sore throat:
- Mix it in a hot drink. Squeeze half a lemon into warm water and adding a teaspoon or two of Manuka honey into it.
- Manuka honey and lemon make a great combination. You can also add ginger, cinnamon, and a bit of apple cider vinegar to the concoction for added health benefits.
- Take three spoons full of Manuka honey directly, or spread it over a piece of toast.
If you’re suffering from a sore throat, consuming Manuka honey is a natural remedy that may help reduce some of the symptoms.
Combining high UMF Manuka honey, lemon and ginger with hot water in a drink is our favourite go-to recipes when we’re not feeling well. We also try to consume Manuka honey regularly for preventative measures.
There is still a lot of research to be done on the benefits of Manuka Honey, including its effectiveness as alternative medicine.
If you are feeling unwell, we recommend consulting a medical practitioner.