honey and diabetes


to clover, Scottish Heather or Spanish

orange blossom.

To get the honey, the honeycomb is

removed from the hive and the honey is

extracted from that, often using a honey

extractor, a simple centrifuge that spins

the honey out leaving the wax that makes

up the honeycomb behind. The honey is

then filtered. Darker coloured honey tends

to have a stronger flavour. Cut comb is

honey still in the honeybees' wax comb.

Antibacterial activities

Manuka honey currently has a high cachet.

Coming from New Zealand or Australia,

it's made by bees feeding on the Manuka

or tea-tree. Just as tea-tree oils are

used to treat pimples, tea-tree (manuka)

honey also has anti-bacterial properties.

So much so, it received approval to be

used in wound management from the US

Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) in

2007. It has a gel-like state when sat in

a jar at room temperature, but will liquify

when stirred, which is already a bit of a

mysterious quality.


It is sold with a rating of, for example,

12+ or 20+. This rating was created by

an organization called TradeNZ and the

Honey Research Unit, which in 1996

set about to establish a standard for

the classification of antibacterial honey

activity. This led to the creation of the

UMF industry standard (Unique Manuka

Factor). The Honey Research Unit

developed a procedure for rating honeys

which has now been in place for some

time. After being tested, the honeys

are given the rating based their tested

antibacterial activity. A UMF rating of

10 (10+) is the minimum activity to gain

the UMF. Honey achieving this rating is

commonly referred to as Active Manuka

Honey, although manuka honey is often

marketed as being 'active' even though

it is not. Only honey that carries the UMF

registered trademark should be chosen

if the intended use is for therapeutic

purposes, and the majority of recent

medical trial have predominantly used

manuka honey with a UMF strength of 10

or more.

Glucose tablets can be tasteless and crumble in transit; glucose solutions are heavy,

and sweets usually contain animal gelatin, fats and artificial ingredients. DiaBee solves

all these niggles as they are tasty, light-weight, highly portable, robust and have a

long shelf life. DiaBee provides an array of vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Each DiaBee 'dose' contains 5g of carbohydrate (all sugars). This dosage

gives you a high degree of control. Use to pre-empt a hypo during rigorous exercise

or take to fine-tune blood sugars at the first indication of a hypo; two or three doses

work effectively if more serious blood sugar drops are experienced. Keep in pockets,

bags, bedside tables, desk drawers, gymbags or kitbags.



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