The health benefits of Manuka honey for sinusitis and allergies
In the realm of natural remedies, Manuka honey stands out as a multi-pronged food ingredient celebrated for its unparalleled healing properties.
From herbal medicine and traditional treatment systems to scientific communities, the consensus is clear – this naturally occurring and rare honey is a powerhouse of bioactive compounds, serving as an antimicrobial, antifungal agent with anti-inflammatory properties and immune-boosting antioxidants.
How honey helps alleviate allergy symptoms
Scientific research has highlighted the ability of honey to combat allergens and potential irritants. A recent overview of studies performed using honey to address allergies suggests that honey has great potential in the management of several allergy-related diseases.
The clinical evidence suggests that honey can assist in managing symptoms of atopic dermatitis and allergic rhinitis in particular.
For atopic dermatitis, symptoms such as erythema (rash), excoriation (skin picking) and oedema (swelling) can be improved significantly by the topical application of honey, while the consumption of honey was also reported to improve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
A study performed on 40 individuals with allergic rhinitis found that honey relieved many of the symptoms experienced by patients, which included nasal blockage, nasal discharge, nasal itchiness and sneezing.
The study determined that high doses of honey ingestion were beneficial to the participants and improved their symptoms of allergic reaction. Another allergy-related condition, chronic sinusitis, is caused by stubborn strains of bacteria and biofilm, which affects many people.
Research has shown that systemic antibiotics and corticosteroids offer limited efficacy in treating chronic sinusitis. Controlled studies have been performed to test the efficacy of Manuka honey and saline in both chronic rhinosinusitis and cystic fibrosis sinusitis.
In the first study, 42 patients with chronic sinusitis received either Manuka honey or saline therapy twice a day for a month after nasal surgery.
Culture tests post-treatment showed a marked reduction in bacterial growth for those who received Manuka honey alone, indicating its potential to reduce bacterial growth and prevent symptom worsening without additional medications.
A second study focused on cystic fibrosis sinusitis, comparing Manuka honey and saline in 11 participants over 30 days. The results demonstrated that while both solutions reduced bacterial growth, Manuka honey significantly outperformed saline in improving overall quality of life for patients.
Therefore, top-grade Manuka honey with its potent levels of methylglyoxal (MGO), emerges as a formidable ally against pathogens. The conversion of naturally occurring dihydroxyacetone (DHA) into additional MGO during storage also results in more anti-inflammatory compounds.
Choosing medical grade Manuka honey and how to use it
For those seeking relief from symptoms and a reduction in inflammation, mucus and bacterial growth, we recommend our high-grade MGO Manuka honey (300+).
The quality and quantity of MGO in Manuka honey matters significantly, and opting for a higher number ensures stronger activity and greater antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Here are some usage suggestions based on experience, customer feedback and scientific literature:
- Oral consumption: take two teaspoons of Biosota’s Medicinal Manuka Honey Range (MGO 300+ to 990+) orally or add it to luke warm drinks (as boiling water diminishes the active ingredient, MGO) and meals. Follow this regimen twice a day until symptoms improve.
- In cooled tea or coffee: add Manuka honey to warm tea or coffee (not boiling, as this diminishes the active ingredient, MGO) along with adaptogens like ginger and turmeric for relief from sore throats, coughs and headaches.
- In meals: drizzle Manuka honey in smoothies, salads, pancakes or other meals instead of other sweeteners.
You can reduce consumption to one teaspoon per day once symptoms improve or swap to our Everyday Strength Manuka Honey. You can also switch Maintenance Grade Manuka Honey to maintain health and better quality of life, going back to medicine grade Manuka when required.
It's crucial to note that individual results may vary, and consulting a healthcare provider before starting any treatment is recommended. Additionally, we advise against giving honey to children under the age of 1 and individuals exhibiting allergic reactions to bee products.
Biosota’s commitment to providing high-quality Manuka honey ensures a natural and effective remedy for allergies and sinusitis, showcasing the potential of superfood in restoring full health.