For The Love of Bees and Honey

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From Egyptian Kings to modern day health fanatics, honey is a superfood that has been cherished by humans for centuries. The ancient Egyptians used honey to sweeten cakes and biscuits. It was also used during the embalming process to preserve human tissue. Jars of the golden nectar were buried with deceased royalty for a “sweet” transition into the afterlife. In 1922, modern archaeologists found a pot of well-preserved honey in King Tut’s tomb that was still edible after 3,000 years! During the Roman Empire, honey was used to treat wounds, hemorrhoids, and stomach diseases among other ailments. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician advocated the use of hydromel (honey and water) to treat dehydration and oxymel (honey and vinegar) for pain. Nowadays, nature’s sweetener appears in everything from home baked goodies to organic skincare. So is honey really the bee’s knees? We honey-combed through the best byproducts of bees to share their amazing health benefits with you.

1. Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is derived from bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, a tree-like shrub that is native to New Zealand. The flowers bloom only once a year for 2 to 6 weeks. In a well-choreographed process, beekeepers must move the hives into areas populated by Manuka trees just before the flowers bloom. If the bees are relocated too early, they will begin foraging for other species of flowers, resulting in a multi-floral honey that rates lower in active compounds. If they arrive too late, these hardworking insects will miss the flowering window altogether. Weather conditions are crucial too, because high winds and rain will keep the bees inside their cosy hives. It is no wonder that this premium honey comes with a heftier price tag.

What are the health benefits of Manuka?

Hydrogen peroxide is believed to be the main antibacterial compound in honey that promotes healing. In the 1980s, Dr. Peter Nolan made an astounding discovery that revolutionised the Manuka honey industry. His research showed that Manuka not only contained hydrogen peroxide, but also unique levels of Non-Peroxide Antibacterial Activity (NPA) that were effective against deadly strains of bacteria. Incredibly, NPA could treat infections that were resistant to antibiotics. Today, Manuka is widely used to heal stomach ulcers, improve digestion, and soothe sore throats. It can also be applied topically to treat acne, cuts, and burns.

What is Unique Manuka Factor (UMF®)?

In 1998, Dr. Molan endorsed “UMF” a registered trademark currently held by the UMF Honey Association of New Zealand. UMF describes the strength of Non-Peroxide Antibacterial Activity (NPA) in Manuka honey. It represents a grading system and quality mark to protect consumers. A UMF rating of 5-10+ is suitable for maintaining good health and daily nutrition. For higher levels of antibacterial and healing properties, look for a rating of 10+ and above.

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What is MGO?

In 2008, Professor Thomas Henle at the Technical University of Dresden announced that methylglyoxal (MGO) is the compound responsible for the antibacterial activity of Manuka honey. This “magic ingredient” is more than 70 times stronger in Manuka compared to regular honey. The company Manuka Health, pioneered the MGO rating system in 2008 as a precise and reliable way of grading this superfood. Many brands today, including Berringa rely on the MGO rating as an assurance of quality to consumers.

We recommend Berringa Manuka Honey MGO 60+ as an everyday table honey. Delicious on toast or pancakes! For a high potency product, try Berring Super Manuka Honey MGO 900+. This bioactive antibacterial grade honey is suitable for wound care and digestive health.

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1.Berringa Manuka Honey MGO 60+ (400g) | 2. Berringa Super Manuka Honey MGO 900+ (500G)

2. Propolis

Ever heard of “bee glue”? Propolis is a resinous substance collected by bees from a variety of botanical sources like poplar, elm, willow, birch and conifers. Made from plant material, plant sap, and a mixture of bee saliva, pollen, and beeswax, this sticky material is used as “cement” to seal cracks and protect the hive from viruses and bacteria. Propolis has been around for centuries. In ancient times, the Greeks and Egyptians used it as an antiseptic. The Incas of South America consumed propolis for fevers, and the soldiers of the Roman Empire used it to treat wounds.

What are the health benefits of propolis?

Propolis supports a healthy immune system due to its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. As one of nature’s oldest remedies, it is reputed to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral effects that aid in the recovery of numerous ailments. Studies show that this potent ingredient is successful in treating wounds, ulcers, common cold, diabetes, and more. It is like nature’s antibiotic!

Propolis is available in a variety of forms including capsules and extracts. As a dietary supplement, try UNIFLORA® Propolis Extract Wax Free 85 30ml made from 100% Brazilian Green Propolis. Simply put a few drops in water, tea or juice as instructed to enjoy a nourishing beverage. Support a weakened immune system with Manuka South Propolis Extra Strength Capsules. Each capsule contains 2000mg of propolis, and is ideal for individuals who need a concentrated boost within a short period of time. (Note: Due to its high concentration, long-term daily use is not necessary).

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3. Royal Jelly

Inside the buzzing hive, the queen bee and her babies are fed exclusively with royal jelly, a milky substance secreted by the glands of worker bees. This nourishment comprises proteins, lipids, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. Because of the queen bee’s superior size and stamina, it is believed that royal jelly has many positive benefits for humans. Did you know that a queen bee can lay up to 1,500 eggs a day throughout her lifespan of 1 to 3 years? In comparison, a worker bee lives for a brief 4 to 6 weeks. It is not surprising that royal jelly has been linked to longevity.

What are the health benefits of royal jelly?

Although research is still limited, studies have shown that royal jelly can improve red blood cell count, promote fertility, and aid in healing wounds. It can also lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In the elderly, consumption of royal jelly has been linked to increased cognition and protection against Alzheimer’s disease. It slows the ageing process by eliminating free radicals and strengthens the immune system to fight infections.

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Far from being a mere scavenger for nectar, bees play an extraordinary role in our ecosystem. Environmentalists love bees because they are responsible for pollinating an estimated one third of food crops. Without bees, we wouldn’t have apples, blueberries, almonds and many other nutritious ingredients, not to mention all the wonderful byproducts of bees that make our lives sweeter in so many ways.

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