The Australian Manuka honey strength guide

Choose the strength of honey that’s just right for your needs

The health benefits of 100% Australian Manuka honey have been widely documented. The industry’s peak body, the Australian Manuka Honey Association, notes that studies have uncovered:
“…that bacteria with resistance to modern antibiotics (becoming superbugs) cannot develop resistance to the activity of Manuka honey (Blair et al. 2009). Manuka effectively inhibits problematic bacterial pathogens unlike any other known antimicrobial, with attempts to generate honey-resistant bacterial strains in a laboratory unsuccessful”. – Australian Manuka Honey Association
The unique and powerful antimicrobial and nutritional properties of Manuka honey can:
  • Help with wound care, including burns, ulcers, bites, stings, and skin infections
  • Help the digestive tract
  • Combat Staph infections (MRSA)
  • Boost energy
  • Improve sore throats and immunity
  • Improve sleep, and
  • Be used on animals.
But what you might find confusing is what strength of Manuka honey to use for what purpose. In this article, we’ll explore four strengths of 100% Australian Manuka honey and talk about what each can be used for.

What is MGO in Manuka honey?

Australian Manuka honey has a naturally occurring compound, Methylglyoxal (MGO) that is formed in the honey from Manuka nectar. As the honey ripens, the MGO content can increase. The amount of MGO in your Manuka honey is directly related to its potency and anti-bacterial properties, since it naturally produces hydrogen peroxide.AB’s Manuka Honey is available in four strengths – MGO 900+, MGO 500+, MGO 100+, and MGO 30+ – in our online honey store Simply Honey. 900+ methylglyoxal is the highest strength.You can check out the range here.

AB’s Honey Manuka Honey MGO 900+

Our highest grade of Manuka honey, MGO 900+ has very high antibacterial activity. It can be used directly on wounds, or to assist with Golden Staph infections, acne, and dental hygiene.MGO 900+ Manuka honey is also good for skin conditions, sore throats, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, sore gums, and indigestion. It contains prebiotics that support a healthy gut.Here’s an amazing thing: while some bacteria which cause serious infections (think superbugs) can develop resistance to modern antibiotics, the same bacteria cannot develop resistance to the antibacterial activity of MGO 900+ Manuka honey.For wound care, Manuka honey slowly adds hydrogen peroxide, which assists the wound by drawing out moisture. In turn, this makes it difficult for bacteria to survive.MGO 900+ has superior healing properties and is best consumed straight from the jar. Taking a spoonful of undiluted Manuka honey allows it to be readily and quickly absorbed by the body. We recommend one to three teaspoons daily for no longer than 2 weeks.You’ll feel the benefits within a few days of daily consumption. Please seek professional medical advice if you have an infection or suffer from a serious illness.Note that raw honey is not recommended for infants under 12 months.

AB’s Honey Manuka Honey MGO 500+

MGO 500+ has high anti-bacterial, powerful antimicrobial and nutritional properties. It can also be used for medicinal purposes including healing cuts and scrapes, clearing infections, easing the symptoms of stomach aches, improving digestion, and boosting the immune systemMGO 500+ has superior healing properties and is best consumed straight from the jar. Taking a spoonful of undiluted Manuka honey allows it to be readily and quickly absorbed by the body. We recommend one to three teaspoons daily for no longer than 2 weeks.You’ll feel the benefits within a few days of daily consumption. Please seek professional medical advice if you have an infection or suffer from a serious illness.Note that raw honey is not recommended for infants under 12 months.

AB’s Honey Manuka Honey MGO 100+

MGO 100+ is the perfect addition to everyday cooking and thanks to its mild strength, is our recommendation for daily winter wellness.It contains natural enzymes and antioxidants and is perfect as an additive for foods and drinks, or taken on its own.To reap the digestive, wellbeing, and immunity benefits of Manuka honey, you should eat 1 to 2 tablespoons each day. You can eat it straight or add it to your food; we especially love it in a banana smoothie for breakfast each morning!

AB’s Honey Manuka Honey MGO 30+

A pantry staple, MGO 30+ can be used for everyday consumption. Thanks to its mild strength, it is perfect for the entire family, wherever you would use a table honey. Add it to your toast for breakfast, on top of cereals, or mixed in hot or cold drinks.1-2 tablespoons a day of this strength also assists with digestion and boosting energy.You’ll feel the benefits within a few days of daily consumption. Please seek professional medical advice if you have an infection or suffer from a serious illness.Note that raw honey is not recommended for infants under 12 months.

Where can you buy 100% real Australian Manuka honey?

You can purchase our 100% Australian Manuka honey range through our online store Simply Honey and have it delivered right to your door.Disclaimer: We are not doctors, we simply know the quality of AB’s Honey products. Our Australian Manuka Honey is the bee’s knees with its rich and distinctive earthy taste, coupled with its deep rich dark colour! 

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