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Make yours a manuka honey

Make yours a manuka honey

Kale, broccoli, spinach - superfoods can seem less than exciting sometimes. But what if your new power product was sweet rather than green? Welcome, manuka honey!

What marks this variety out from other types of honey is the fact that it's produced by bees in New Zealand who feast on the nectar of the manuka tree. This has given it some powerful antibacterial properties (although science notes there is no conclusive evidence yet).

But even without hard medical evidence, it's worth taking on board that many healthy people rave about the benefits they've experience since incorporating this sweet treat into their diets.

If you want the full benefits, you need to make sure your manuka is raw. This means it hasn't been processed, so hasn't been put through the process of heating or pasteurisation, which typically gives honey its golden look and syrupy consistency. Processing mans a lot of the good bacteria is killed off, so raw is right: raw manuka honey provides vitamins B, C and live enzymes and has an earthy, rich taste.

Alongside making sure it's raw, you need to decide which strength you want to go for. An activity level of 10+ to 16+ is perfect for those who just need a small boost of energy and antioxidants, while those who feel they need more support should reach for the 20+ to 25+ varieties.

Manuka is a real multitasker, too. Not only is it brilliant when ingested, you can also use it in your beauty regime. Those keen to try this out can make a manuka mask by cleansing skin and then applying a thin layer on the skin and leaving to work its magic for 20 minutes. Its anti-inflammatory properties are brilliant for acne sufferers and help with redness, blemishes, dryness and ageing. You can also dab some on stubborn spots and leave overnight.

If you want to add manuka to your diet, it's super simple. One of the best ways is to just take a spoonful in the mornings, as this way it's not diluted and all the benefits make it straight to your body. However, some people don't get on with the taste and prefer to add some to a drink. Important: never add to boiling or very hot liquid, as this kills all the great properties. Instead, drink in cold milk or water or lukewarm beverages. Alternatively, add manuka to your cereal, yoghurt or spread on a slice of bread.

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