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What is Manuka honey?

Kate Geagan
Nutrition & Dietetics
Manuka honey is a darker, stronger-flavored honey that is harvested from bees that gather nectar in areas populated with the Manuka bush, a type of shrub that grows in New Zealand. There’s been intriguing research looking more closely at Manuka honey. It seems to hold particular promise as an antibacterial treatment and in helping to treat burns, ulcers, and gingivitis.

Manuka honey is sometimes promoted to cancer patients as having miraculous anticancer properties. Patients should proceed with caution and absolutely speak with their doctors before adding anything to their health-care regimens.

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