Research Papers: The Unique Attributes of Manuka Honey from New Zealand

Over 30 years research has revealed genuine Manuka Honey from New Zealand has unique natural qualities not found in any other honey.

Manuka Honey from New Zealand is highly-revered and sought-after for its unique natural attributes.

Some of the numerous published papers are:

Anti-influenza Viral Effects of Honey: Potent High Activity of Manuka Honey. Ken Watanabe, Ratika Rahmasari, Ayaka Matsunaga, Takahiro Haruyama, Nobuyuki Kobayashi.  Archives of Medical Research 45 (2014) 359-365.

Influenza viruses are a serious threat to human health and cause thousands of deaths annually. Thus, there is an urgent requirement for the development of novel anti-influenza virus drugs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-influenza viral activity of honey from various sources.

The results showed that honey, in general, and particularly manuka honey, has potent inhibitory activity against the influenza virus, demonstrating a potential medicinal value.

The Susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori to the antibacterial activity of manuka honey.  Al Somai, N;  Coley, KE;  Molan, PC;  Hancock, BM. (1994).  Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 48, pp1206-1209.

The Unique Properties of Manuka Honey.  Molan, PC.  (1999).  Bee Informed (The Journal of the American Apitherapy Society) 6 (1) pp5-6.

The in vitro susceptibility of Campylobacter spp. to the antibacterial effect of manuka honey.  Lin, SM; Molan, PC; Cursons, RT.  (2008). European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and infectious Diseases, 28: 339-344.

Honey as a topical antibacterial agent for treatment of infected wounds. Molan, PC. (2001).  World Wide Wounds.

The controlled in vitro susceptibility of gastrointestinal pathogens to the antibacterial effect of manuka honey.  Lin,SM; Molan, PC; Cursons, RT.  (2010).  European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases. 30 (4), 569-574.

Manuka Honey as a Medicine.   Molan, PC.  (2005). Honey Research Unit, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.   Public Service Review issue 5, pp52-54.

The non-peroxide antibacterial activity in New Zealand Manuka Honey Snow, MJ; Manley-Harris, M.  (2003).  Food Chemistry, 84: 267-273.

Non-peroxide antibacterial activity in some New Zealand honeys. Molan, PC and Russell, KM (1988).  Journal of Apicultural Research 27: 62-67.

A comparison of the antibacterial activity of some New Zealand honeys.  Molan, PC; Smith, IM;  Reid, GM.  (1988).  Journal of Apicultural Research 27: 252-256

The identification of some antibacterial constituents of New Zealand Manuka Honey.  Russell, KM; Molan, PC; Wilkins, AL; Holland, PT.  (1990).  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 38: 10-13.

A survey of the antibacterial activity of some New Zealand honeys.  Allen,KL; Molan, PC; Reid, GM.  (1991).  Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology 43 (12) 817-822

A comparison of the sensitivity of wound-infecting species of bacteria to the antibacterial activity of manuka honey and other honey Willix, DJ; Molan, PC; Harfoot, CJ.  (1992).  Journal of Applied Bacteriology 73: 388-394.

Bee Products as a Source of Promising Therapeutic Strategies Against COVID-19. Lima WG, Brito JCM, da Cruz Nizer WS.  Phytotherapy Research. 2020:1-8.


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