Most of us are familiar with the health benefits of honey such as it’s antibacterial properties, and for years, researchers have been aware that manuka honey is extra-effective. However, a report published by Professor Rose Cooper and colleagues at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, shows manuka honey to be even stronger than previously understood — 10 to 50 times more powerful than other varieties of honey.
According to the researchers, Manuka honey was able to stop the growth of the antibiotic-resistant superbug known as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
“Our findings suggest manuka honey can hamper the attachment of bacteria to tissues which is an essential step in the initiation of acute infections,” says Dr. Cooper, reported in the New Zealand Herald. “Inhibiting attachment also blocks the formation of bio-films, which can protect bacteria from antibiotics and allow them to cause persistent infections.”