What is Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey is supreme quality honey that is produced predominantly in the North Island of New Zealand from the nectar of the Manuka tree (Leptospermum Scoparium).
It typically exhibits varying levels of antibacterial activity that is measured by several different recognised methods, one of which is according to its Methylglyoxal (MGO) content.
Methylglyoxal is the bioactive chemical that directly relates to the antibacterial activity in Manuka Honey. The higher the MGO content, the higher the antibacterial activity in the honey, and therefore the stronger its medicinal component.
Other recognised methods of measuring the strength of the antibacterial activity in honey include:
- Non-Peroxide Antibacterial Activity (NPA)
- UMF (Unique Manuka Factor)
NPA and UMF rating methods are generated by the same type of test, which is based on the strength of the antibacterial activity that remains in the honey after the Hydrogen Peroxide Activity (HPA) has been deliberately destroyed. When the HPA is destroyed, only Manuka honey will still show strong antibacterial activity.
This activity is known as Non-Peroxide Antibacterial Activity or NPA and Methylglyoxal has been identified as the main substance that contributes to the Non-Peroxide Activity level in the honey. UMF is essentially the trademarked measure or standard of NPA.
Health Benefits of Manuka Honey
In addition to its antibacterial activity, honey also has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, all of which are scientifically proven. Because of its many attributes, this special honey has been used for centuries to treat an ever-increasing number of health conditions.
Due to New Zealand’s food regulations, there are limitations around the claims that can be made about the many ways that Manuka Honey can help aid your health but over the years, there has been plenty of extensive research on the effects of this amazing honey on one’s health; so we encourage you to do your own research online and see why we are a passionate believers in honey for your health.
Honey can be taken internally and can also be applied topically and perhaps its most notable and commonly known attribute is its effect on wound management and healing when it is applied in this way.
It has also been widely noted that wounds treated with Manuka Honey heal more quickly and with significantly less scar formation, but don’t just take our word for it, do your own research and we are sure you will agree.