Gum Honey Beats Manuka Honey In Studies

Gum Honey v Manuka Honey: Which Is Better?

Since its discovery in Australia, the gum (better known as eucalyptus) tree has fascinated scientists for centuries. 

Its oil is inhaled to clear congested airways and relax the body for sleep.

Herbal tea made from dried eucalyptus leaves contains high antioxidants and flavonoids.

The health benefits of eucalyptus honey, which is honey from bees feeding on eucalyptus trees, is less well known because eucalyptus only grows in a small number of countries worldwide.

Nevertheless, scientific research on eucalyptus honey has revealed that it has better antibacterial activity than manuka honey.

Here are listed only three scientifically proven health benefits of eucalyptus honey, some of which exceed manuka honey:

1. Eucalyptus honey contains a higher number of prebiotics than manuka honey 

Prebiotics Gum Honey v Manuka Honey

Prebiotics are non-digestible food nutrients that spread healthy bacteria in the gut and reduce fat absorption and bloating.

A 2007 study in the University of Reading, UK, found that eucalyptus honey contained a significant number of prebiotics which efficiently digested petit-suisse cheese in simulated trials. 

Unlike eucalyptus honey, studies have found that manuka honey only has a very mild effect on gut bacteria.

2. Eucalyptus honey is more powerful than antibiotics against several infections

Antiobiotics Gum Honey v Manuka Honey

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology found that eucalyptus honey was more effective than antibiotics when tested on pneumonia and Staph A bacteria.  

3. Eucalyptus honey is proven to fight food poisoning

E Coli Gum Honey v Manuka Honey

A 2015 study published in The International Journal of Microbiological Research found that eucalyptus honey virtually destroyed E-Coli and other bacteria that cause food poisoning. 

The purer the pollen count of the eucalyptus honey, the more powerful its antibacterial activity.

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1. Cardarelli et al. (2007). Functional petit-suisse cheese: Measure of the prebiotic effect. Anaerobe. 13. 200-7. 10.1016/j.anaerobe.2007.05.003. 
2. Awan et al. (2014). A Comparative Study of Antibacterial and Antioxidant Activities of Wild Honey (Sunflower and Eucalyptus) and Commercial Honey. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacology. 1. 211-218. 10.1166/jpsp.2014.1020. 
3. Bn Gweirif et al. (2015). Antibacterial Activity of Eucalyptus Honey of Libyan Against Multi Drug Resistant Bacteria (MDR). International Journal of Microbiological Research 6 (3): 240-244, 2015.
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