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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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.