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3 Health Benefits Of Manuka Honey

03/24/2017 10:53 EDT | Updated 03/24/2017 10:53 EDT

If you thought you'd never be able to enjoy a sweet treat while eating healthy, you would be wrong. After all, honey is nature's candy, and it comes with a whole lot of health benefits.

In the video above by KnowmoreTV, we look at three reasons to add manuka honey (honey produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush) to your diet. Raw honey has long been credited for its antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, but that's not all it can do.

Believe it or not, the sticky, sweet substance is great for tooth and gum health. In 2010, researchers discovered manuka honey worked as well as mouthwash in reducing plaque and treating gingivitis.

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Priced drastically higher than everyday honey, manuka honey has long been a staple in the Maori community of New Zealand. And, as Marie Claire notes, the good stuff will have a UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) rating of 10+ on its label.

However, demand for authentic, high-grade manuka honey has come at a price: beekeepers in New Zealand say hive heists are on the rise, and during the latter part of 2016, more than 400 bee and honey thefts were reported in New Zealand, ABC news reports.

With all those natural health benefits, we can't say we're too surprised. Oh, and did we mention it puts the breaks on strep throat too? Check out the video above for more benefits of manuka honey.

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