Manuka Honey – ANZ NATURAL HEALTH

Manuka Honey

What is Manuka Honey? 

This rare and special New Zealand honey is made from the nectar of the native Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium), which our clever bees collect and transform into Manuka honey, highly valued for its rare and complex properties. It is the nectar of the New Zealand Manuka flower that contributes the unique natural ingredients to Manuka honey that make it so different to other honeys.

The Magical Manuka Tree

The native Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) is uniquely adapted to thrive in New Zealand’s challenging natural environment. Hardy and resilient, Manuka acts as a natural protector and regenerator of the land. 

Manuka has a long history as a respected medicinal plant, traditionally used by the New Zealand Maori people as a remedy. Manuka honey’s special qualities come from the Manuka flower nectar, which contributes unique natural compounds that make Manuka Honey so different from other honeys.  

Why is Manuka Honey so special? 

Manuka honey is a complex honey that goes far beyond a simple table honey.

It has been the focus of extensive scientific research evidencing remarkable natural properties that set it apart from other honeys and make it so highly prized throughout the world.

Manuka honey requires special care and expertise to optimise and protect its special natural properties. Methylglyoxal (MGO) has been demonstrated to be the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special. MGO is formed in the honey from Manuka nectar, and as the honey ripens, the MGO content can increase.

This requires expert handling and storage, and precise testing of the honey is essential to certify potency, quality and purity. Stringent regulations must be met at all stages of this process.

Manuka Honey & Wellbeing

Due to New Zealand’s food regulations, we are unable to talk about any possible health applications and effects of Manuka honey. A large amount of research exists and Manuka honey has many devoted fans worldwide, so we encourage you to discover more through online searches, look for scientific research articles or simply try for yourself!

People tell us that they use Manuka honey as a natural boost, a winter wellbeing remedy or as a natural wholefood alternative to refined sugar. You can scan through some of our ideas on how to enjoy your Manuka Honey, or look through our 'Get-Inspired' section for recipes and DIY treatments

MGO Manuka Power

MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special.

Our research partner - Professor Thomas Henle (University of Dresden) and his team - discovered MGO as the magic ingredient in Manuka honey, a discovery long sought after in the science world.

In 2008 Manuka Health pioneered MGO testing as a more precise and reliable method of grading Manuka honey, based on this ground-breaking research.

Not all Manuka honey is created equal and MGO levels can vary greatly.  Every jar of Manuka Health MGO Manuka Honey is tested and certified for natural MGO content. The MGO number tells you how much MGO is in your jar of honey – simple.

MGO and  UMF

Both MGO and UMF are trusted Manuka honey grading systems, and both measure (methylglyoxal) content. Testing for MGO levels is important as they can vary greatly – not all Manuka honey is equal.

The MGO Manuka Honey grading system is a precise and reliable test that simply and directly reflects the MGO content of the honey. The higher the MGO content the higher the grade of honey.

We've provided a handy correlation between MGO and UMF numbers here. 

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