This is another honey related question. Does anyone know about 'Manuka' honey? Apparently manuka honey with a high UMF is very good for when you are sick. It originates in New Zealand. Any thoughts?
I have been quite sick for a couple of weeks now. Basically it's a very chesty cough and I can't seem to shake it. Hasn't been helped by the fact that I have been out drinking on weekends! I have been at home sick for 6 days straight eating paleo, occasionally having some tea and some manuka honey but no exercise, no drinking, no going out. Today I went to the beach to get some vitamin D and I played a bit of volleyball. Anyone have any ideas for how I can get better?! Most of my meals look like this:
Chicken cooked with coconut oil, spinach and pak choi cooked with coconut oil, baked sweet potato, avocado, scrambled eggs.
Sometimes I will change and have lamb or fish.
Several days of ingesting nothing but bone broth can be so nourishing and healing, it's almost magical. I use mostly marrow bones, and either eat the marrow or put it back into the broth, emulsifying with an immersion blender. I got pneumonia while pregnant and couldn't shake it, not even with antibiotics, and this was what finally helped me to heal.
Also, I second the staying away from sugar. It just acts as fuel for the germs your body is trying to fight, in addition to wrecking havoc with your system. Manuka honey is anti-microbial, but so is garlic and coconut oil (good), and bleach (bad). My point is that you need to look at the food as a whole and what it offers to your body; just because something is antimicrobial doesn't mean it's good for you!
And if you really want to heal, give your body a break from the alcohol :)
Not to come off as a internet jerkwad, but I have to call "BS" on Manuka Honey being anything beneficial or healing, no more so that regular honey. At 17g of carbs (pure sugar, baby, pure sugar) per tablespoon, I can see no good coming from it's ingestion. The quick look I did for nutritional content doesn't brake down just what those sugars those are, but I'm assuming it is not far off from any honey one can buy at ye olde grocer.
I'd focus my efforts on rest, fasting (?), hydration, Vitamin D (supplement of sunshine), plenty of clean animal sourced fat and protein, perhaps a little coconut oil for the Lauric acid, and leave the sugar (Manuka or Agave or HFCS or table sugar) in the pantry where it belongs, or better yet in some one else's pantry.
Truly, good luck on turning the corner on your bout of illness. Consider keeping your immune system sharp with a zeroing of sugar in your diet.
the only thing I've ever found that works with honey is taking a spoonful and letting it run down the back of your throat, which seems to help a sore throat immensely.
when I have a sore throat, anything else with sugar or any dairy makes it way worse and feels like I just fed and caused a population overload in bad stuff in my throat but honey down the throat seems to have the same affect as the cayenne pepper in water or apple cider vinegar does for some reason.
but yeah its 17g of pure carbs, weird research on it though, so don't know if there's anything more to it.
Cayenne pepper brother! Mix some up in a glass of water and take a sip every 10 minutes or so. Heat the water and add honey if you like. It should be spicy and make you sweat but don't kill yourself with it. The key word is sip.
and put the tequila down! ;)
Elderberry (sambucus), garlic, ginger, and astragalus are all antiviral/antimicrobial. Coconut oil is, too. Manuka honey is the same. The last time I was sick with a respiratory thing, I took Sambucus, drank ginger tea with honey, and took garlic pills. It helped a lot.
For the chest congestion, I use Mullein. It's and herb that acts as an expectorant and cough suppressant. When I had flu last year, it knocked out the crap in my chest that the prescription and otc stuff couldn't budge. Going out is not bad, unless you are not getting rest. The alcohol is terrible, though. Not only is preventing healing, it is just bad for you.
New Zealander here. As far as I can remember, the fuss about manuka honey was for its wound-dressing qualities, which have been borne out by a number of studies. I agree that the whole thing has become overhyped, with people claiming all sorts of healing properties for it. As a food, its certainly tasty - but I haven't read that it cures anything.
The active ingredient in manuka honey is methylglyoxal, which is highly cytotoxic. I know of no reason to think it's safe to ingest longterm, other than the fact that there are no reports of bad outcomes yet.
I have a tendency for having a lingering post viral cough after any upper respiratory tract infection for the last 25 years which continues for generally 3 month before it spontaneously stops. As a doctor, I have tried oral antibiotics that covers Mycoplasma (causes a irritating persistent dry cough), had Chest X-rays, inhaled asthma sprays including corticosteroids when it happens but nothing seems to work.
After my son gave me a cold 1 week ago and recovering from it, I developed the cough again 3 days ago. A patient of mine who came to see me suggested I take Manuka Honey ( 1 teaspoon 3 times a day without dilution) but have to be high strength type (25+). I thought...nothing to loose. Went to the health food stall, bought a 250g jar (cost me $65) and started taking it 2 days ago. Within 2 doses, my irritating cough was gone. Wow, amazing or what. I don't know if it's conclusive or not of it's medicinal properties but it's certainly worked in my case as an isolated case report. So if you have the same problem and don't suffer from bee/honey allergies, it's worth a try.