Manuka Honey: Amazing Uses and Benefits You Need to Know

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Produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush, Manuka honey is highly regarded as the “miracle honey” that comes with a host of health benefits.

While honey has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, what differentiates Manuka honey from regular raw honey lies within its rich nutritional profile. Researchers at New Zealand’s University of Waikato discovered that Manuka honey contains a considerably higher level of enzymes compared to regular honey. The combination of all these enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide which comes with antibacterial properties.

The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF)

It is also found that some strains of New Zealand honey are rich in three key components – hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone. This medicinal trilogy makes up the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), a global standard used to identify and measure the antibacterial strength of the Manuka honey. Stable and not easily destroyed by heat, light and enzymes in the body, the UMF of Manuka honey acts as a guarantee that the honey is of medicinal quality.

When it comes to the UMF rating, there are some standard guidelines that you should know when it comes to its usage and benefits for health:

0 to 4: Non-therapeutic

4 to 9: For general maintenance of good health

10 to 14: Supports natural healing and good bacterial balance

15+: Contains superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic – do not take more than 1 tablespoon at a time

The minimum UMF rating recognised is UMF 5, but it is not considered to be beneficial for health unless it carries a UMF 10+ level. Ratings that fall within UMF 10 to UMF 15 is great for health, while honey with UMF 16 and above is considered to be of superior quality.

The Amazing Uses and Health Benefits

Manuka honey is highly raved for its many uses and benefits for health and life, which includes soothing a sore throat and using it as a natural facial mask. Here are some top uses to take note of:

1. Sore throat and inflammation

Research conducted in 2011 revealed that Manuka honey plays a role in halting the growth of the Strep bacteria that causes sore throat. In recent years, it has also been approved by the National Cancer Institute to heal inflammation in the throat from chemotherapy.

To get the most of the Manuka honey benefits, all you need to do is to take one to two tablespoons a day. You can choose to take it neat, or add it to your cup of tea or warm water. Alternatively, you can also add one teaspoon of cinnamon powder to your cup of Manuka honey – research has shown that the combined antimicrobial properties of these two ingredients are so powerful that it helps to speed up the recovery process.

2. Oral health issues

Studies conducted by New Zealand’s University of Otago have shown that the superior anti-microbial properties of Manuka honey help to cure oral health problems such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. The results revealed that chewing or sucking on a Manuka honey product – be it in its original form, mixed in food and beverage or candy form – can lead to a 35% reduction in plaque and bleeding gums for people afflicted with gingivitis. What’s more, nutrients in Manuka honey such as calcium, zinc and phosphorus are beneficial in the healing process.

3. Eczema and hives

Problematic skin conditions such as eczema and hives are a result of allergies and autoimmune issues. With symptoms such as skin dryness and scaling, eczema can be aggravated by scratching, which causes the skin to peel and bleed.

Manuka honey is one of the key natural ingredients that can be used to manage eczema and prevent further complications. When mixed with Manuka oil and beeswax, this mixture acts as a moisturising shield on damaged skin and helps to repair and keep the layers intact. It also helps to hydrate skin, protecting it against infections.

4. Dandruff and scalp problems

Apart from benefiting your health internally, the healing properties of Manuka honey can help to improve your scalp health and manage hair issues such as dandruff. A result of scalp dryness and shedding of dead skin, dandruff could lead to other issues such as scalp acne.

Manuka honey, when applied to the scalp, helps to expel the dirt and grime from the pores of your skin and keeps your skin hydrated by drawing in water from your environment. The anti-microbial properties work against various bacteria and fungi that causes dandruff.

5. Better sleep

Just went through a long, eventful day? Manuka honey can help you enjoy a deep, restful sleep at night. This is achieved by slowly releasing the glycogen (a type of glucose that serves as a form of energy storage) needed for essential bodily functions. Having a manuka honey drink at bedtime helps your body release melatonin into the brain, which is essential for a good night’s sleep. With better sleep quality achieved, your risk of health problems associated with poor sleep such as heart disease and diabetes is also reduced.


Take charge of your health with tips and resources validated by research and medical professionals. Visit the MindChamps Medical website or book an appointment at our clinics now.  

This article was first published on the MindChamps blog.

MindChamps Allied Care Creates Social Awareness for Children with Developmental Delays


MindChamps Allied Care working closely with teachers and families to support a child’s development

Singapore, 8 February 2017 – Figures from the Ministry of Family and Social Development (MSF) show that the number of educators providing learning support to students have increased by three-fold since 2013, thus allowing children with mild developmental needs to seek help. More specialists are working in preschools to help teachers identify developmental delays or needs in children.

MSF stresses the importance of these children benefitting from a mainstream and inclusive learning environment. With early intervention, the child will develop the competencies he or she requires for Primary One.

In most situations, it is beyond a parent’s ability to treat or even detect a child’s developmental delays or needs. MindChamps Allied Care will be organising a series of dedicated events which promote the close working relationship between therapists, teachers and families to support a child’s development.

Early detection is key, for it is the foundation on which therapy can be built upon.

Supporting the capacity of a child to meet the expectations of their school context

School is a context in which children learn how to be strategic learners, treasured friends,  valued community members, creative performers and efficient workers. Being a school student comprises many roles that can be appreciated or challenged by the academic and social expectations of teachers and classmates. In the 21st century, students need to be discerning in an information-saturated world, rather than reciters of facts.

For some students, the classroom can be ‘hard work’ and the playground can be a lonely or unhappy place because of executive functioning difficulties. Hence, using an occupational therapy perspective, our Guest Speaker Dr Susan Lowe’s talk will outline executive functioning abilities that support readiness for learning, presenting a strategic approach to promote student’s engagement in learning across academic and social domains.

The talk will also focus on the importance of strong partnerships between teachers, parents and allied health professionals and provide opportunities to explore the following:

  • How can we identify the strengths and difficulties of a student’s executive functioning abilities during performance in the context of their everyday school activities?
  • What are some effective cognitive strategies which can support a student’s increased engagement in learning within academic domains at school and social domains at home?

Table of Events

Table Of Events - MindChamps Medical

Guest Speaker’s Background

Dr SusanDr Susan Lowe, PHD MAppSc(OT) GradCertHlthSc (OT) is the Owner and Principal Occupational Therapist at Skills for Kids (a paediatric occupational therapy and speech language pathology private practice) in NSW, Australia. She is also Visiting Professor of the Bachelor of Science (Honours), Occupational Therapy degree at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).

Dr Lowe positions herself strategically in schools in partnership with teachers to increase their capacity to teach students who have executive functioning difficulties. By doing so, she aims to increase students’ readiness for learning through more efficient thinking strategies to develop resilience in vulnerable students.

MindChamps featured in The Business Times on 29 March 2016

Dear Parents,

It gives us great pleasure to share with you that The Business Times has featured the MindChamps ChampionGOLD Standard and the appointment of our Chief Academic Officer, Mr Steven Andrews, in their paper on 29 March 2016.

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As a progressive and innovative education institute, we do not believe in resting on our laurels and will continue to raise the bar for education with the development of our ChampionGOLD Standard, which is a comprehensive array of educational, operational and service-oriented benchmarks. This will allow us to implement our standards organisation-wide and ensure that the quality of our education and service is solid and scalable. Importantly, as MindChamps is already the mark against which other organisations measure themselves, the Champion-GOLD Standard is now the mark against which we, at MindChamps, measure our own performance.

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The ChampionGold Standard logo, our mark of distinction

We are also pleased to introduce to you, Mr Steven Andrews, who has joined us as our Chief Academic Officer. Steven’s distinguished career include his appointments as the former Senior Education Advisor to the United Kingdom government under the Tony Blair administration, former CEO of Tanglin Trust School, Singapore and the former Director of Education, Leicester City. Steven will play an important role in the implementation of our Champion-GOLD Standard and help us achieve the very highest standard of quality.

Lastly, we are proud to share with you that our Founder, Chairman and Group CEO, Mr David Chiem, was amongst the 56 out of 2,000 business leaders from the top Singapore 1000 corporations and SMEs who were featured in the Business Times (see below and attached) yesterday as well.


Thank you for your continuous support and we look forward to sharing with you more of such exciting news in the near future!

Top 1% for five consecutive years

For the 5th consecutive year since 2011, MindChamps has been placed amongst the top 1% of Singapore’s leading corporations and SMEs. The rankings, which involves stringent and intensive reviews of over 70,000 audited financials obtained from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore (ACRA), was announced by DP Information Group – the official ranking body of companies in Singapore.


MindChamps Founder and Group CEO, Mr David Chiem, explained the reason for its consistent success: “Success in education is the result of earning people’s trust. We were very pleased, this past year, when an independent survey showed that MindChamps is most often associated in people’s minds with programmes based on strong research and science.”


To ensure that standards could be implemented organisation-wide and the quality of its education and service is solid and scalable, MindChamps spent years developing its ‘Champion-GOLD Standard’, a comprehensive array of educational, operational and service-oriented benchmarks that can be applied and measured across every service it offers.

Through the development and implementation of the ‘Champion-GOLD standard’, MindChamps is working to take the gold-standard of education to a whole new level so as to achieve the very highest standards of quality.

David expounded: “MindChamps is already the mark against which other organisations measure themselves. Now, the Champion-GOLD Standard is the mark against which we, at MindChamps, measure our own performance.”


Media Contact:

Mr. Alwyn Chia
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
MindChamps Holdings Private Limited
DID:  6828 2675

Join a business that could change your life!

Be part of a meaningful Education Success Sales Team and create your own desired income!

Why you should be part of the MindChamps Education Success Sales Team

By joining our Education Success Sales Team, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Create your own desired income
  • Enjoy flexible working hours and keep your current job
  • Guide children to achieve education success and instil positive values in them

When you join us, we will provide you with training with our top business leaders to help you soar in your career and discover your true potential.

Job Requirements

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Positive attitude and mindset
  • Experience in sales or education industry is advantageous
  • Passion to make a difference in the lives of our future generation

Recruitment Talk

We will be conducting recruitment talks on becoming part of the MindChamps Education Success Sales Team on the following dates:

  • 20 Jan 2016, 7.15pm – 9pm
  • 22 Jan 2016, 7.15pm – 9pm
  • 29 Jan 2016, 7.15pm – 9pm

Venue: MindChamps HQ @ Toa Payoh HDB Hub East Wing, Level 17

Apply now at




MindChamps Holdings buys back its 49% equity from Singapore Medical Group

MindChamps Holdings buys back its 49% equity from Singapore Medical Group and now holds 100% of MindChamps Medical to maintain its founder’s original vision

Singapore, 30 November 2015 – With the completion of the equity buy back from Singapore Medical Group, MindChamps will now focus on establishing its presence in the healthcare sector on its own by setting up child-friendly and family oriented private general practitioner clinics that will be operated and franchised under the MindChamps Medical Clinic brand name. The first MindChamps Medical Clinic has opened in OneKM Mall since October 2015.

In partnership with Samsung, MindChamps will make available its proprietary eLearning Books which are uploaded onto Samsung Tab S units. These units will be placed at a dedicated kids’ interactive area located within all MindChamps Medical Clinics. Parents and their children could view the eLearning Books, which contains engaging stories, songs and phonics activities that would allow them to engage in learning in a fun and interactive way, especially whilst they await to see the doctor.

MindChamps founder, Group CEO and Chairman, Mr David Chiem, said: “The opening of our first MindChamps Medical Clinic in OneKM Mall marks an important milestone for us in realising our vision to help families achieve medical wellness through education. We will be opening our next clinic in Tiong Bahru Plaza in the first quarter of 2016 and more clinics later in the year.”

MindChamps Medical Clinic located at OneKM Mall

Kids’ interactive area in MindChamps Medical Clinic located at OneKM Mall

Media Contact:
Mr. Alwyn Chia
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
MindChamps Holdings Private Limited
DID: 6828 2675
Handphone: 9727 5665


About MindChamps Holdings Pte Limited

MindChamps is an award-winning education institute dedicated to developing the learning capacity of all young people – from pre-school to tertiary level. Students are trained in the Art of Learning How To Learn and the development of their Champion Mindset. Launched as a research centre in Australia in 1998, MindChamps established its world head institute in Singapore in 2002, and has become a leading player in the Singapore education market in the years following. The key divisions of MindChamps are:

MindChamps Specialist: Learning how-to-learn/Champion Mindset and PSLE Success enrichment programmes for children in Primary 1 to tertiary level (3 centres).

MindChamps PreSchool & MindChamps Chinese PreSchool: Full-day early childhood curriculum and care for children aged 18 months to 6 years old. MindChamps PreSchool holds the number one position – in the premium range – of Singapore pre-schools, with 32% of the total market share.

MindChamps Reading & Writing: MindChamps unique approach to literacy development of children from 3 to 9 years old. MindChamps is the only early childhood institute to produce its own Reading and Phonics eBooks for use in both MindChamps Reading & Writing and MindChamps PreSchool.

To bring together the fields of education and medicine as well as synthesise the benefits of education to help families build a healthy lifestyle, MindChamps opened its first MindChamps Medical Clinic in October 2015. It plans to open more of such clinics in the coming years.

MindChamps first-ever clinic, MindChamps Medical @ OneKM

MindChamps Medical Clinic @ OneKM

MindChamps Medical Clinic is a GP clinic that provides for the whole family and located at OneKM Shopping Mall. MindChamps Medical Clinic aims to empower families to be proactive in making sound preventive and disciplined health decisions. Helmed by Dr Herbert Tan, a doctor with more than 29 years of experience, families will be able to tap on his experience and expertise for the following healthcare services:

  • Nebuliser treatment for Asthma
  • Childhood vaccinations
  • Ear syringing
  • General medical consultations
  • Health Screening
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Travel medicine and vaccinations
  • Electrocardiogram examination
  • Management of Eczema, Acne, Obesity, Erectile Dysfunction and Male Hair Loss

Shopfront - MindChamps Medical Clinic @ OneKM  Kids Interactive Area - MindChamps Medical Clinic @ OneKM

As a family clinic, all efforts have been made to help patients feel relaxed and calm during their visit to MindChamps Medical Clinic. A collection of education resources are available at the clinic, while MindChamps Proprietary eLearning Books are uploaded on Samsung Tab S units at the kids’ interactive area.

11 Tanjong Katong Road, OneKM Shopping Mall
#02-03 Singapore 427 157
Tel: 6384 5644

To make an appointment please email to