Honey, JC, WTF? Manuka (from New Zealand) and Local Honey

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    Feb 11, 2015 2:24 PM GMT
    Muscle & Performance January 2015, p. 40, Tip 13

    Put Some Honey in Your Protein Shake

    Honey has anti-inflammatory properties, helps regulate blood-sugar levels, benefits the skin and hair, and contains flavonoids that fight heart disease and cancer.

    When shopping for it at the grocery store, look for "raw" honey, which has not been heated for pasteurization and therefore is more likely to retain all its original nutrients.
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    Feb 11, 2015 2:32 PM GMT
    Manuka Doctor Apiwellness 20+ Bio Active Manuka Honey

    100% natural Manuka honey from New Zealand, independently certified country of origin

    Independent laboratory tested Bio Active rating that relates to the total activity comprised predominately of peroxide activity

    Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Oxidant qualities

    Natural energy source with the added benefits of the Bio Activity


    1-star review on Amazon

    First, I see many reviewers claiming this is raw honey. I don't see anything on the packaging to indicate that it is raw honey. This is a problem because heat processed manuka honey loses most of the beneficial properties you're hoping to get.

    Next, there is mention that the honey is "tested" but the lab isn't named. Nor is the assay method described to let us know how they got to the 15+ rating.

    Lastly, it is in a plastic container with recycle code 1. This is a plastic type that is known to leech BPA which may cause cancer. This might be BPA-free plastic but we just don't know, nothing on the label.

    When I went to the website to look for answers I was surprised to see that this product isn't even listed on their website. They appear to be a skin care company so I'm not confident they know anything about producing a quality manuka honey that can be used to treat certain conditions when it is prepared properly. I think they need to work on their labeling and get this product up on their website with more information.
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    Feb 11, 2015 2:39 PM GMT

    I don't think it is real potency manuka honey either. It says it is independently tested for peroxide activity -- all honey has peroxide; it's the non-peroxide activity that you want with manuka honey.

    It doesn't taste anything like all the other legit brands I have used and I suspect is very weak if bio active at all. I emailed the company with my questions about their lab assessment but they never responded.

    My Comment:

    This was priced at $19 / 8.75 oz.

    Other, real, manuka honey on amazon cost $35+. You probably was ripped off.
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    Feb 11, 2015 2:43 PM GMT
    I get allergies in Texas.

    I tried Texas Range Honey.

    Last night I had a teaspoon of Manuka Doctor 20+ and two teaspoons of Texas Range Honey.

    I woke up as if I was in the middle of allergy season.

    I immediately drank 12 oz of water. Nothing happened. I then drank 12 oz of water with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Then I took 5mg of Loratadin (Claritin) by cutting at 10mg pill in half.
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    Feb 11, 2015 2:44 PM GMT
    Some people eat raw honey in the belief that the tiny particles of pollen in local honey can be considered an inoculation that will make your seasonal allergies less intense. By eating small amounts of the trees or flowers you are allergic to in the honey, the theory is, you build up your tolerance to these allergens. However, this theory is flawed and the side effects are dangerous, according to Chris Wagner, a nurse at Dallas Children’s Medical Center.

    Wagner said he has seen cases of anaphylactic shock in people who eat raw honey with allergens in it. Anaphylactic shock is an allergic reaction at its worst, as its symptoms are widespread and include difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, dizziness, fainting, heart failure and possible death. Signs of less severe allergic reactions that may result from eating honey include, itching, puffy skin and rash. There have also been cases of iritis, an inflamation of one or both eyes, occuring after consumption of raw honey. Because you cannot control how much pollen is in the raw honey you eat, Wagner does not recommend consuming it to help treat allergies.

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    Feb 11, 2015 2:49 PM GMT
    Components of Manuka Honey

    Hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey. It gives most honey its antibiotic quality. But some types of honey, including manuka honey, also have other components with antibacterial qualities.

    The major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities.

    In manuka honey, MG comes from the conversion of another compound -- dihydroxyacetone -- that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers.

    MG is thought to give manuka honey its antibacterial power. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect.

    Honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

    The UMF rating corresponds with the concentration of MG. Not all honey labeled as manuka honey contains significant levels of MG. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as "UMF Manuka Honey" or "Active Manuka Honey."
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    Feb 11, 2015 2:52 PM GMT
    Manuka honey may be effective in preventing gingivitis and other periodontal disease by reducing the buildup of plaque. And in 2010, the scientific steering committee of the National Cancer Institute approved a proposal for the use of manuka honey for the reduction of inflammation of the esophagus associated with chemotherapy.

    Another possible benefit of honey is that, unlike antibiotics, it has not been reported to cause development of resistant bacteria. These so-called "superbugs" develop after repeated exposure to common antibiotics. They require special antibiotics to treat them.
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    Feb 11, 2015 2:54 PM GMT
    Not all honey is the same. The antibacterial quality of honey depends on the type of honey as well as when and how it's harvested. Some kinds of honey may be 100 times more potent than others.
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    Feb 11, 2015 3:13 PM GMT
    So, if I have local pollen allergies, should I not eat local honey?
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    Feb 12, 2015 2:06 AM GMT
    Tonight, a pharmacist confirmed my suspicions. The allergic reaction came from the local honey.