Repairs the Colon
Another surprising side effect of Manuka Honey is its ability to prevent colonic inflammation and repair damaged colon lining due to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Manuka honey was used in an experiment on rats with IBD, and findings showed that the honey not only reduced inflammation, but prevented against structural damage as well. If you want to use Manuka honey as a way to alleviate pain from IBD, spread a teaspoon of honey on a slice of bread about 30 minutes before your main meal. This ensures that the digestive tract is coated with honey, which will regulate and calm the irritated lining of the bowels.
Cold and Flu Protection
Regularly ingesting Manuka honey may prevent against the flu and the common cold. The antimicrobial and antibacterial effects will help your body fight off infections. Taking just a teaspoon of Manuka honey 2 to 3 times a day may help you from catching the contagious infections that spread during flu season. If you feel yourself getting a cold, you can add Manuka Honey to your tea to ease the symptoms. Manuka honey can also be a traditional cough remedy when taken with lemon juice. These two ingredients will soothe the lining of the throat and decrease discomfort and irritation.
Manuka Honey has been proven as an effective remedy against tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils on either side of the throat. The lymph tissue that makes up the tonsils is part of the immune system that produces white blood cells to fight off bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth. This process can often leave the tonsils infected themselves. Manuka honey has antibacterial properties that can help treat this inflammation and bring down the infection. The antimicrobial substances in the honey will stimulate the body’s own defense system. Ingest 3 to 4 teaspoons of Manuka honey a day to minimize infection.