Manuka honey has long been recognised as a remedy healing food, or as the hipsters call it, a superfood. For centuries, it's been praised for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that have helped heal skin issues, the common cold, wounds and ulcers. But after a recent discovery, the native New Zealand honey could be more powerful than we think.
A study conducted at the University of Southampton in the UK, found cleansing medical equipment with the honey can reduce the risk of deadly bacteria growing on the surface by more than 75 per cent. In particularly, resulting in a lower chance of patients catching urinary-tract infections.
The Telegraph reports, one-in-four hospital patients who used a catheter will suffer from a UTI each year, making it the most common hospital infection. Dr Bashir Lwaleed, associate professor at the University of Southampton, explained: "Catheter infection rates can account for a large proportion of hospital acquired infections. It is an area of clinical practice that needs addressing."
There's been no formal announcement if the honey will start to be used in hospitals, but it never hurts to stock up on the Manuka magic on your next shopping trip, anyway.