A scientific study using Mānuka Honey for Acid Reflux

Manuka honey, a unique honey native to New Zealand, is renowned for its medicinal properties. Produced by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, this honey boasts high levels of methylglyoxal (MGO), which contributes to its potent antibacterial properties. Recent scientific studies have started to explore its potential in treating various conditions, including acid reflux.

Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common condition where stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, causing irritation and discomfort.

Symptoms can include a burning sensation in your chest, pain in your upper stomach, or an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth after eating. Conventional treatments include medications like antacids, proton pump inhibitors, or removing certain foods from your diet.

A recent study published in the National Library of Medicine investigated the effects of Manuka honey on patients with acid reflux. The study involved a group of 30 patients, which consumed Manuka honey or placebo for a period of 4 weeks. The experimental group received a daily dose of Manuka honey, while the control group received a placebo. Over a period of eight weeks, participants reported their symptoms, and researchers monitored their esophageal pH levels.

"The improvement rate in Manuka group was 86.7% and 100%, while in Placebo group it was only 26.7% and 40%, respectively. Manuka honey seems to be effective in GERD, which has been confirmed by subjective feelings of patients and by endoscopic and histopathologic examination. Our research is a pilot study before administration of Manuka honey to larger population. The results are promising and may facilitate the quality of life of patients with GERD."


Manuka honey offers a promising natural remedy for acid reflux, backed by scientific research. Its unique properties can not only help to reduce symptoms, but also has the potential improve overall digestive health. As interest in natural treatments grows, Manuka honey stands out as a viable option for those seeking alternatives to conventional medications.

While these findings are encouraging, it’s essential to consult a healthcare provider before incorporating Manuka honey into your regimen, especially if you have diabetes or are allergic to bees.

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