Move Over Manuka
Total Activity. The Total Truth about Jarrah, Redgum and TA+ honey.
Ever heard of Manuka Honey? Well, did you know some of our unique Western Australian honeys contain similar, if not even more powerful health properties. A study found the activity of WA Redgum and Jarrah honey was about 90% greater than the average activity of New Zealand's Manuka Honey (Irish et al 2011).
Honey from WA is renowned for its exceptional quality and purity due to our native flora, but there's more to these honeys than meets the eye. Although comparable with Manuka Honey, WA honey acts and is measured in different
ways. One key measure of quality is the Total Activity (TA), which indicates the honeys antimicrobial properties (similar to UMF or MGO in Manuka).
Let's dive into the world of Western Australian honeys and explore the significance of the TA scale, ranging from 0 to 35+. Additionally, we'll discover the remarkable antimicrobial properties and health benefits of Jarrah and Redgum honey.
Total Activity - The Total Truth.
TA is a measure that quantifies the antimicrobial potency of honey. It takes into account the combined effects of hydrogen peroxide and other bioactive compounds present in the honey. The TA scale typically ranges from 0 to 35+, the higher the value, the greater the antimicrobial effect. It is important to note that the TA scale is specific to certain honeys, such as those from Western Australia, and may differ from other honey rating systems such as UMF or MGO used with Manuka Honey.
TA35+ is the highest possible rating. Valid tests from the Australia's National Measurement Institute are currently only able to measure to this point accurately. Why have I seen TA40, 50 or up to 70+ honey advertised you might ask? If someone tells you their honey is rated this high, we simply can not trust the results! Laboratories are not able to be accurate above TA35, and any result higher, may not be from an accredited source.
Jarrah Honey: An Antimicrobial Powerhouse
Derived from the nectar of the Jarrah tree (Eucalyptus Marginata), pure Jarrah honey boasts a robust flavour profile, and is a powerfully active honey often falling within the higher end of the TA scale (20+ to 35+). Pure Jarrah can be hard to find, often mixed with other varieties, and flowering only every 2 years. This honey variety possesses exceptional antimicrobial properties due to its hydrogen peroxide and total phenolic content. Scientific studies have demonstrated Jarrah honey's efficacy against various bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains. It has been found effective in treating wounds, skin infections, and supporting oral health by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria.
Redgum (Marri) Honey: A Remarkable Defence Mechanism
Redgum honey, sourced from the flowering Corymbia Calophylla trees, also exhibits significant antimicrobial properties. Its TA value typically falls within the range of 10 to 20+. This honey variety has demonstrated effectiveness against bacteria and fungi, making it valuable in the management of various infections and promoting overall health.
Health Benefits Beyond Antimicrobial Properties
In addition to their potent antimicrobial properties, Jarrah and Redgum honeys offer a range of health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, which help combat oxidative stress and support overall well-being. The natural anti-inflammatory properties of these honeys may assist in reducing inflammation and promoting faster wound healing. Moreover, their prebiotic qualities support a healthy gut microbiome, aiding digestion and enhancing immune function.
Choosing the Right Honey
When considering Western Australian honeys, understanding the TA scale can help you select the honey that best suits your needs. Higher TA values generally indicate greater antimicrobial potency, making them more suitable for medicinal purposes. However, honeys with lower TA values can still offer nutritional benefits and serve as delightful additions to your culinary creations.
The TA measure of Western Australian honeys provides valuable insights into the antimicrobial properties and overall efficacy. Jarrah and Redgum honey, with their remarkable TA values, offer a multitude of health benefits, ranging from wound healing to oral health support. Incorporating these honeys into your daily routine not only enhances your meals but
also contributes to your well-being. Embrace the power of Western Australian ‘Nectar’ honeys and experience the benefits they can bring to your life.
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