J Food Sci Technol. 2020 Apr ;57(4):1269-1277. Epub 2019 Dec 16. PMID: 32180623
Antioxidant properties and antimicrobial activity of manuka honey versus Polish honeys.
Originating from New Zealand manuka honey distinguishes itself from other honeys. The purpose of this study was to compare the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of manuka honey and selected Polish honeys. Antioxidant capacity, total polyphenol and total flavonoid content were determined. Furthermore, the antimicrobial activity and the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) were evaluated. Obtained results demonstrated that manuka honeys possessed relatively high antioxidant capacity compared to the other, Polish honeys. It was only honeydew honey that achieved comparable antioxidant properties to manuka honeys. The findings were supported by the results of microbial assays. Manuka MGO-250 and MGO-400, alongside honeydew honey, showed a stronger antimicrobial effect against Gram(+) than against Gram(-) bacteria. Moreover, the MIC-values, expressed as an inhibin number, proved the high antibiotic activity of manuka honey against the strains ofand. Research concerning the influence of manuka honey on human health should be continued.