Bodybuilding.com’s newest line of plant-based supplements features a certified organic coffee with Manuka honey. The coffee itself is a ground dark roast arabica bean with flavor notes of berries and chocolate. The addition of raw New Zealand Maunka honey gives the coffee a unique sweetness that complements the acidity of the coffee.
Many people think of honey as a generic commodity like sugar, but it is in fact, a complex food product with close to 200 components including sugar, water, proteins, vitamins, minerals and polyphenolic compounds (1). Honey can have different color, taste, and medicinal properties based on the location of the bees and what types of flower are used. Manuka Honey is a dark monofloral honey made by New Zealand honey bees who visit and collect nectar exclusively from the Manuka Plant also known as leptospermum scoparium (2). Manuka honey is so sought after because of its high in methylglyoxal, phenolic and flavonoid compounds giving it antimicrobial, antioxidant, and prebiotic properties (3)(4).
The flavonoid and phenolic content in Manuka Honey may also have four potential brain health benefits including memory enhancement, neuroprotection, anti-stress, and pain relief (5). A meta-analysis of 34 scientific studies found that honey could enhance cognitive and memory function through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents (5).