A Pharmacist recommends

Guest post by

Gemma Fromage

Gemma Fromage MRPharmS IPresc is a Qualified Pharmacist based in London.

Author views are not our own.

Here at Manuka Doctor we are proud to be supported by a variety of experts from different fields. 

From Doctors, Nutritionists and Scientists. We are pleased that so many experts have taken an interest in Manuka Honey, and the Manuka Doctor brand.

This week our expert is Gemma Fromage MRPharmS IPresc. A Qualified Pharmacist based in London.

Gemma recommends Manuka honey for a range of concerns, and has provided her analysis of some promising science. Including. 

  1. Upper respiratory tract infections

“Manuka honey has been shown to have antibacterial properties, which could help reduce inflammation and the bacteria responsible for your cold and flu symptoms” said Gemma.

“As well as these properties, when taken in honey or lozenge form, the honey can help soothe sore throats by coating the inner lining of the throat. One study found that consuming Manuka honey was also beneficial as it decreased levels of Streptococcus mutans- a bacteria responsible for sore throats.

“In the Archives of Microbiology, a study showing the effectiveness of manuka in fighting the bacteria known to cause upper respiratory infections in people with cystic fibrosis, causing symptoms such as cough, sore throat, as stuffy or runny nose and sneezing."

  1. Digestion:

Gemma comments “Research has shown that regular consumption of manuka honey can decrease constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements; symptoms commonly associated the digestive disorder Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

“In a study published in Phytotherapy Research, Manuka honey has also been proven to improve antioxidant status and reduce inflammation with both IBS and ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease.

“Another lab study published in the International Journal of Food Science and Technology found that manuka honey increased amounts of certain Lactobacillus probiotics – the ‘good’ bacteria that boost your gut health – and decreased the prevalence of ‘bad’ bacteria like E. coli.

“Further studies in humans are needed to fully understand the extent of Manuka Honeys’ benefits on the bowel, but lab studies are promising.”

  1. Oral Health:

“As well as its antibacterial properties, likely caused by active ingredient Methylglyoxal, Manuka honey also has properties which make it beneficial in maintaining oral health” continued Gemma.

“Studies in the Swiss Dental Journal and Oral Health have shown manuka honey, with its high antibacterial activity, both attacks and inhibits the growth of harmful oral bacteria like P. gingivalis and A. actinomycetemcomitans associated with plaque formation, gum inflammation and gingivitis and tooth decay.

“One study examined the effects of chewing or sucking on a manuka honey chew three times a day for 10 minutes following meals on the reduction of plaque and gingivitis. The honey-chew group showed a significant reduction in plaque and gingival bleeding, compared to those who chewed the sugar-free gum.

“Although the idea of consuming honey for good oral health may seem counterintuitive, unlike sweets and other refined sugars, manuka honey’s potent antibacterial effects make it unlikely to contribute to cavities or tooth decay.”

You can read more about Gemma’s Pharmacy work on her website.

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