Manuka honey is made by bees from the nectar produced by the manuka bush (Leptospermum Scoparium), a relative of the tea tree, which grows exclusively in New Zealand.
This refers to the antibacterial activity in honey. The manuka bush has antibacterial properties which are also found in the honey produced from the bush: the strength of this activity can be measured by comparing its capacity to fight bacteria with that of a standard antibacterial agent, such as phenol.
15+ honey has stronger antibacterial activity than 10+: the numbers mean that the 15+ honey can quell the same amount of bacteria as phenol that has been diluted to 15% phenol, 85% water. Clinical trials show that manuka honey below 8+ has negligible therapeutic value, so for therapeutic value, it is best to buy honey with values above 10+.
Keep it out of the light, at normal room temperature. It doesn't need to go into the fridge.
When stored correctly, honey will last for a long time. Our honey is typically dated at the time of jarring with 3 years BBE date, though if stored as recommended above it should last for considerably longer.
Honey is essentially sugars mixed with a little water and is inherently dry. Crystallised honey is simply honey which has lost a little moisture. Gently reheating it by standing the honey jar in hand hot water will render it runny once more. When stored properly, unprocessed or raw honey like Green Bay's appears to resist crystallization longer than processed honey. We do not recommned using a microwave which may destroy live enzymes in the honey.
Green Bay honey is thick and runny: however, if it starts to set and you prefer it runny, you can reheat it gently without damaging its nutrients or antibacterial properties (see above).
The Manuka bush is indigenous to New Zealand (though some try to cultivate it elsewhere), meaning Manuka honey is only produced in any volume there. The international recognition of Manuka Honey's healing properties has given rise to incredible demand, far outstripping the supply which leads to a premium price.
The availability is further diminished as not all Manuka Honey is active, and those which are vary significantly in strength. As we only buy raw and highly active and definitely unadulterated Manuka, we pay a premium to ensure we get the very best honey available.
Manuka honey can be used for treating minor wounds, cuts and grazes. Spreading the honey on a waterproof dressing is a good way to apply it: the dressing should be changed at least daily. The antibacterial properties are so effective that honey is used in hospital treatments: it also helps to replenish healthy tissue at the site of a wound.
Store Honeysuckers flat in a cool, dry place at under 25C or refrigerate. If Honeysuckers overheat, freeze them to -5C to harden.
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We strongly recommend that customers who have diabetes consult a medical professional before taking any Green Bay products specifically to alleviate their symptoms.
Manuka Honey and Diabetes.
Honey may actually lower blood glucose levels. A study highlighted in the Journal of Medicinal Food confirmed that sucrose gave a higher blood sugar reading than honey and that honey, which has a 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose, reduced the blood glucose level in trial subjects.
Sugars in honey depend upon a carrier to move them out of the gut and into the bloodstream, which means that there is less of a "rush" of sugar to the body when eating honey. This results in less stress on the body to produce insulin and a lower risk of developing hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).
People with diabetes should always consult with their doctors before eating honey, though at Green Bay customer feedback shows that some people with diabetes tolerate it well.
Apple cider vinegar with manuka honey
A number of small studies have suggested that apple cider vinegar may help to lower glucose levels and "smooth out" the insulin spikes experienced by people with type 2 diabetes or pre- diabetic conditions.
In one small study conducted by Arizona State University, each participant, including the control group, had improved blood glucose readings after taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime for two days.
Another study found that apple cider vinegar can lower the rise in glucose following a meal. Researchers discovered that participants taking vinegar with white bread had lower post- meal blood glucose and insulin levels, as well as feeling more satisfied.
Green leaf powder benefits..
There is some research to show that green leaf powders, which contain chromium, help to balance sugar levels; they also contain antioxidants, which assist in mending the blood vessel damage caused by diabetes.
The high levels of soluble and insoluble fibre in flax help to stabilise blood sugar by slowing and steadying glucose absorption. When eaten with foods that have a higher glycaemic index, flax fibre can reduce the overall blood sugar response.
In a University of Toronto study, subjects who ate flaxseed bread found their blood sugar levels were 28% lower than subjects who ate bread made from wheat an hour after eating.
Lignans, plant compounds found in flax fibre, have been shown to be effective in lowering the onset rate of type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids also help to build healthy cells which can respond well to insulin release and clear glucose efficiently from the bloodstream.
All of Green Bay products are food based and are safe to consume in pregnancy (given that one will generally practice a degree of ''moderation in all things'')
Green Barley leaf, green wheat leaf in pregnancy
These are great foods to take while pregnant because they have such a wide range of nutrients in a highly digestible form. Dried Blackcurrants are also good food for pregnant women.
Honey/Apple Cider vinegar in pregnancy
The Food Standards Agency says honey is safe to eat during pregnancy;we say especially raw honey which is alkaline to avoid pregnancy reflux. A teaspoon of acv with honey in a glass of water may help with early pregnancy sickness but we would advise consulting a medical professional before taking more.
Flax Fibre, Kelp
These foods can have an impact on hormonal balance, so consult with a nutritionist or medical professional before starting to eat them while pregnant.
Children under 1 year should not eat honey: for older children it can be extremely helpful, though. Wellbeing syrup (we recommend the Blackcurrant and Cherry flavour for younger children), Honeysuckers and honey are all useful for night time coughs, sore throats and digestive troubles.
These are good foods which can support a child's immunity, digestion and energy levels. It is important to remember, however, that young children cannot cope with as high a proportion of fibre in their diet as adults.
Green leaf powders, kelp
Mild digestive disorders such as slight constipation can respond well to these foods, which are also good for children recovering from a bout of illness.
May be helpful for childhood tummy ache due to inadeuate digestion.
Which Green Bay products are particularly helpful for women's health?
Flax fibre supports reproductive health by sweeping hormonal residues out of the body; it may also help to alleviate symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Early findings by Clinical Cancer Research suggest that a diet rich in lignans (plant compounds with mild oestrogenic properties, found in flax fibre) may reduce the risk of breast cancer after menopause by almost 30 per cent.
Kelp may be a factor in lower rates of breast cancer in postmenopausal women in Japan. The incidence of breast cancer in Japan is an estimated 85% less than in the US.
Kelp's positive impact on the thyroid gland can also help to regulate the endocrine system and rebalance hormones.
Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey
Some find this invigorating combination's positive impact on metabolic rate useful in normalising weight. Although honey is a sugar and not an obvious item on a weight-reducing diet, there is some research to show it can actually help us shed fat. We burn off excess fats during our sleep if we have sufficient energy, and honey's 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose apparently makes it the perfect pre-bedtime fuel.
Weight gain is sometimes linked to a sluggish metabolism: iodine in kelp helps to regulate the thyroid gland and improve metabolic rate. Perhaps for this reason, kelp, lecithin, B6 and apple cider vinegar is a formula used to support weight loss in the US.
Good levels of soluble and insoluble fibre in Flax Fibre help to keep blood sugar steady, which is important in combating metabolic syndrome and overeating.
Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey
Malic acid in apple cider vinegar is able to dissolve uric acid around the joints, relieving tightness. It can also draw out excess acidity when applied as a poultice to inflamed joints. Vinegar's digestive enzymes can help to clear toxicity before it gets dumped in the joints and causes inflammation.
Kelp helps to regulate the thyroid gland, which is often affected in people with arthritis.
Green leaf powders
Greens are great alkalisers, helping to combat the acidity that can lead to inflamed joints.
Rich in antioxidants which help fight inflammation and stiffness, blackcurrants can be helpful to arthritis sufferers.
Active Manuka Honey, Wellbeing Syrups
AMH gently supports digestive health and fights infection, helping to build immunity.
Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey
Stiff joints and poor circulation can be helped with ACV and honey, which is able to dissolve uric acid around the joints, relieving tightness.
A good intake of Flax Fibre may provide some protection against angina and high blood pressure. Essential fatty acids help to thin the blood, reducing the chance of blood clots forming.
Antioxidants in blackcurrants fight free radicals which many researchers believe may cause damage associated with ageing, such as stiff joints, wrinkling skin and even dementia. By promoting good circulation to the eye, antioxidants in blackcurrants can also help to improve eye health.
Green Barley leaf, green wheat leaf
Our green leaf powders are a wonderful source of highly digestible food with a wide array of micronutrients, which is very useful when digestion is impaired.
Omega 3 is a range of essential fatty acids which help to build healthy cells, increase energy and regulate hormones. Green Bay's Flax Fibres contain Omega 3.
Active Manuka Honey, Wellbeing Syrups, Honeysuckers
Emerging studies of the antibacterial properties of manuka honey have shown that it can help to quell gum inflammation and even tooth decay.
Some people find manuka honey can also bring relief from the soreness of mouth ulcers.
Echinacea in our Echinacea and Propolis Wellbeing Syrup was traditionally used by Native Americans to treat sore mouths and gums, as well as throat and mouth infections.
Powerful antioxidants in blackcurrants can help to reduce inflammation in the mouth and gums.
Athletes have become aware that their stamina increases, they perform better and recover more quickly when their Omega 3 levels are good. The good levels of soluble and insoluble fibre in our Flax Fibres also help to keep blood sugar levels steady, which avoids unpleasant "sugar lows" and consequent fatigue.
Through its action on the thyroid gland, kelp helps to improve metabolism and energy levels.
Green barley leaf, green wheat leaf, Manuka Honeygar
They are excellent foods for revitalising and alkalising the body, giving it renewed energy.
Active Manuka Honey
During a 20-year period of research into the properties of Active Manuka Honey, Dr Peter Molan at Waikato University in New Zealand has discovered that the honey naturally destroys helicobacter pylori bacteria, associated with peptic ulcers. Not only is manuka honey effective in combating the bacteria but it promotes tissue healing too.