What is Medical-grade Manuka Honey?

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“The New Zealand government and honey producers in that country go to great lengths to protect the quality and name of Manuka honey. However, a standard was needed to attest to the purity and chemical composition of Manuka honey after it leaves New Zealand and ultimately integrated into medical products. To meet that need, LMP established an independently verified standard, identified by the CMH mark, to assure healthcare providers that the Manuka honey in LMP products is of medical-grade quality.”

Tom Buckley, CEO Links Medical Products, Inc.

 

What is Medical-grade Manuka honey?

Jim Gardner

 

Manuka honey from New Zealand is becoming so well known that most health food stores and even some supermarkets in the U.S. now regularly stock it. But medical-grade Manuka honey is a considerably different honey than what’s carried at your local store.

Because the use of Manuka honey in wound care is relatively recent, limited information defining medical-grade Manuka honey has been published in the scientific literature. What information is available does not generally provide a comprehensive definition of what constitutes medical-grade honey. For this reason, Links Medical Products established a certification process to assure wound care professionals of the quality they expect for wound dressings.

Medical-grade Manuka honey, as explicitly defined by LMP, has been specially processed and tested. This is done to assure wound care professionals that it has been subjected to careful handling and very specific laboratory tests for chemical composition and purity.

LMP Medical-grade Manuka honey is “Certified Manuka Honey” and all of the company’s wound care dressing products containing Manuka honey carry the CMH® mark to attest to the fact that the honey meets current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards for processing and has been subjected to rigorous testing by an “independent” laboratory. To learn more about Certified Manuka Honey and the CMH standard click here: www.certifiedmanukahoney.com

To learn more about Links Medical-grade Manuka honey dressings just click here: www.linksmedwoundcare.com

If you are a wound care professional and have questions or product suggestions, please feel free to contact LMP at (888) 425-1149.

 

 

 

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How Manuka honey from New Zealand differs from other honey

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“The pedigree of Honey does not concern the Bee –
A Clover, any time, to him, Is Aristocracy.”

Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-1886)

 

How Manuka honey from New Zealand differs from other honey

 

Jim Gardner

 

If you’ve already read the introduction on LMP’s Wound Care site titled: Why Manuka honey works, you know there are at least 300 types of honey available in the United States.

 

You also learned that Manuka honey is the most unique and sought after honey in the world. And  it’s the only honey produced by bees foraging from the New Zealand Manuka bush, scientifically known as Leptospermum scoparium. Plus, you now know it’s the primary honey actually playing a role in changing the way medical practitioners are caring for wounds.

 

So why does Manuka honey really differ from all other honey? Well, as discussed very briefly in the previous blog, most all types of honey contain some level of hydrogen peroxide, the strength of which is sometimes referred to as peroxide activity (PA). But research has shown that it’s the non-peroxide activity (NPA) created by another element that makes Manuka honey so exceptional. More specifically, only Manuka honey contains the clinically significant active level of the chemical compound methylglyoxal (MG).

 

By 1991, due to the work of Manuka honey research pioneer Professor Peter Molan, at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, and others, it was well established that Manuka honey had a unique characteristic that gave it exceptional antibacterial power. But only relatively recently was this factor specifically defined as the honey’s content of MG.

 

In was in 2008 that Professor Thomas Henle, at the Food Chemistry Institute of the Dresden Technical University in Germany, published the definitive studies which proved MG was the element directly responsible for the strong antibacterial activity of Manuka honey.

 

With Professor Henle’s new data and the fact that Professor Molan and others had already shown Manuka honey could defend against MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacteria, the medical community really began to sit up and take notice of this most unusual honey.

 

The astonishing ability of Manuka honey to fight even the bacteria that penicillin and other antibiotics can’t kill has become a major argument for the use of this extraordinary honey in wound care. And today, as a result of these revolutionary findings, there are more and more wounds being treated all over the world with Manuka honey dressings.

 

So, in all difference to Ms. Dickinson, I’d argue that the pedigree of honey is in the bee-holding.

 

 

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A brief history of the food and medical applications of honey

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“The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey…and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.”

 Said Winnie the Pooh

 The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
A brief history of the food and medical applications of honey

 

Jim Gardner                                                                                                

 

Despite the Pooh bear’s self imposed limitations on his use of honey, for thousands of years we humans have used honey not only as food, but also medicinally.

 

And it’s served us well as a food by providing caloric value, trace vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And, as the Pooh bear can tell you, it’s sweet. From a medical standpoint many claims have been made, but probably honey’s most notable and well documented contribution to date has been its use in wound care.

 

Honey has been used over the ages to fight disease and internal ailments, probably most often to address gastric problems. However, today much debate exists regarding the effectiveness of ingesting honey to address internal ailments.

 

Because most all honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which in a limited way inhibits bacterial growth, it’s been used since ancient times for wound care. However, a more recent discovery shows one particular form of honey is an especially powerful addition to the care of wounds. It’s made by bees that gather nectar from the flowers of the plant Leptospermum Scoparium, of the myrtle family, and commonly know as the tea tree or Manuka bush.  The honey is most commonly known and sold as Manuka honey. But more about that later…

 

The History of Honey

 

Ancient cave paintings, estimated to have been made between 7,000 and 8,000 years ago, show wild honey was gathered by humans. There is even some evidence to suggest that birds were followed by early humans to locate wild bee hives. Excavations of ancient Egyptian burial sites have show evidence of honey, along with other foods, being stored to support the trip of departed potentates into their afterlife.

 

It is also known that in ancient Greece beekeeping for honey production was heavily employed.

In fact, honey was used extensively by both the Greeks and ancient Romans in their diet.

 

Beekeeping itself dates so far back that little is know about who used it first. It is known that not only the ancient Greeks kept bees and harvested their honey, but it was also practiced in areas of the Middle East and Asia. Honey was so widely used in early human history that it became ingrained into our religious documents. Honey is mentioned a number of times in both the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, and in the sacred writings of many other religions. No doubt the Pooh bear would like this one from Proverbs 24:13: My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste.”

 

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