The difference between Manuka and regular honey
Honey has always been known as liquid gold and is appreciated worldwide for its natural taste and health benefits. But not all honey is the same. Manuka honey stands out in terms of quality and health benefits. In this article, we will highlight the unique properties of Manuka honey and its differences from conventional honey.
The Manuka plant: origin and origin
Manuka honey, a gift of nature appreciated for centuries by indigenous peoples such as the Maoris in New Zealand, is extracted by industrious bees from the flowers of the Manuka shrub. This shrub, which belongs to the myrtle family and is known as South Sea Myrtle, is found exclusively in New Zealand. Therefore, the production of Manuka honey is more limited than that of normal honey.
The key to the health benefits of Manuka Honey: Methylglyoxal (MGO)
Compared to conventional honey, Manuka honey contains a crucial ingredient that offers significant added health benefits: Methylglyoxal (MGO). This sugar breakdown product acts as a natural antibiotic, even against multi-resistant germs, without dangerous side effects and resistance. The MGO factor describes the detected concentration of methylglyoxal per kilogram of Manuka honey. The higher the concentration of MGO, the more intense the anti-inflammatory effect.
UMF Certification: Another Quality Indicator for Manuka Honey
Another important factor that distinguishes Manuka Honey as a quality product is the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). It describes how high the methyglyoxal is concentrated. The UMF Honey Association (UMFHA) of New Zealand is an accredited organization with a rating system developed to ensure the authenticity of all Manuka honeys.
Healing effect of Manuka honey
Unlike regular honey, which is mainly a food, Manuka honey can be used in more versatile ways. It is much more effective and is even used as a medically recognized remedy. Manuka honey has a strong antibacterial, antiseptic and wound healing effect both externally and internally.
Recognize real Manuka honey
In order to recognize genuine Manuka Honey, two protected quality seals have been designed in cooperation with the New Zealand government. The honey must pass a rigorous testing procedure and is tested for various ingredients to obtain these trademarks. When you find these seals and/or other information regarding the MGO and UMF content, you can be sure that you are getting what you are promised on the package.