Manuka honey is only produced in New Zealand and created by bees who pollinate the manuka bush. The honey is much more costly than regular honey as it is used not only for sweetener but as a supplement.
All types of honey have a very mild antiseptic property because they contain hydrogen peroxide. It is only Manuka Honey that has the additional and more powerful antibacterial property. Manuka honey has a bitter flavour that is not as sweet as regular store honey.
What are the wellness benefits?
Manuka honey can be used for so many great reasons, from healing a scrape or burn to helping with cholesterol and inflammation.
Some top reasons to start using Manuka honey:
Naturally rich in amino acids, enzymes and B-complex vitamins
Helps with Gastritis
Great cough remedy, soothing throat
Improves dental health
Helps with rosacea
Heals heal cuts and burns faster
Natural remedy for Athletes Foot
Different Manuka Ratings
Manuka Honey is measured in two forms of ratings UMF and MGO. In short, both raitings are sed to indicate the antibacterial strength however UMF measures the antibacterial performance and MGO measures the methylglyoxal content.
UMF - Unique Manuka Factor
UMF is more established of the two. It is an internationally registered trademark and can only be used by licensed companies who have met certain criteria including that the product is natural and has Manuka's unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity.
The Active Manuka Honey Association (AMHA) does a UMF rating test that compares the antibacterial performance of the honey to phenol (a disinfectant)
For example, A UMF rating of 20+ is equivalent in strength to a 20% solution of phenol. Manuka Honey with a UMF rating of more than 10 is highly active honey and is referred to as "Active Manuka Honey"
The ideal UMF rating varies depending on your purpose, but laboratory studies have shown a UMF®12 to UMF®15 is effective against a wide range of very resistant bacteria
MGO - Methyglyoxal
MGO™ ratings refer to the level of Methyglyoxal in the honey. So what is Methylglyoxal? It is a compound found in the pollen of the Manuka tree’s flowers, a New Zealand native tree.
Methyglyoxal is a marker of Manuka honey but it does not cause the non-peroxide activity. MGO™ is a trademark of Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd, and you will only see MGO™ labels on their own products. They state that the higher the MGO™ rating in Manuka honey the higher the level of anti-bacterial activity in the honey. MGO™ is trademarked by the Manuka Health New Zealand Ltd and you will only see it on their products.