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Australian Manuka Honey – Which One to Buy?

Manuka honey (aka Leptospermum Honey and Jelly Bush Honey) is widely accepted as providing health benefits and healing properties. There are in fact many studies that support Manuka honey’s effectiveness in wound healing. So, which Manuka Honey should you buy? Which Manuka Honey is the best? This article will show you what to look for.

There are different measures used to classify Manuka Honey. In this article, the focus is on measuring and maintaining what is referred to as Methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is the special antibacterial properties found in Leptospermum honey. Many people are not sure what Manuka Honey is. For a more detailed explanation see our post “What is Australian Manuka Honey“?

Type of Leptospermum Species (Manuka plant)

study by the University of the Sunshine Coast provides some interesting insights into non-peroxide activity (NPA) of Australian Leptospermum honey.

According to the USC researchers, the special antibacterial properties (MGO) of Manuka honey develops when bees forage on some, (but not all) of the Leptospermum trees/bushes.

To determine which of the species provide the highest levels of MGO, the researchers tested and measured the leptospermum floral nectar for dihydroxyacetone, or DHA. Levels of DHA were tested for, as methylglyoxal is not present in the flowers. Testing for DHA provides a measure of MGO as bees spark the conversion of DHA to MGO during the process of making honey.

When wondering which Manuka Honey you should buy, the first thing to check is that the honey has been tested for MGO. This is usually signified by a claim of a minimum MGO strength on the label e.g., MGO 500+.

Storing Manuka Honey

When deciding which Manuka Honey to buy, knowing how it has been stored can help.

It has been shown that prolonged exposure to heat destroys both DHA and MGO in Manuka Honey Manuka Honey should be stored out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat. Store your Manuka Honey in a cupboard to maintain MGO levels and the honey’s natural consistency. Heat treating Manuka Honey destroys the active properties of MGO. At Simply Honey, our Manuka Honey is only gently filtered to remove traces of wax and hive debris. It is not heat treated or pasteurised.   

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 Manuka Honey MGO 900+

AB’s Manuka Honey is available up to the highest strength: MGO 900+ MGO. Every batch is independently scientifically tested for accurate methylglyoxal activity, and carefully stored in a temperature controlled environment. 

When you choose to buy AB’s Manuka Honey from Simply Honey,  you can be assured of a premium Australian product containing all the natural benefits that only Mother Nature can provide. 

So which Manuka honey should you buy? – naturally we say buy AB’s Manuka honey! It’s 100% Australian, pure, and raw. We truly believe it is the best Manuka Honey on the market.

4 Strengths of Manuka Honey

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
  • Be used on animals

Which Manuka Honey MGO rating,and what dosage,is best to use as a treatment?

High strength Manuka Honey can be a highly potent ingredient and should be used responsibly. With ratings from MGO 30+ to MGO 900+, you will need to determine what MGO Manuka honey is best for your purposes.  You will want to know: 

  • why you need Manuka honey treatment; 
  • how to use Manuka honey as a treatment; 
  • what strength of Manuka honey to use; and 
  • how much Manuka honey to take. 

Here we look at the four strengths of 100% Australian Manuka Honey at AB’s Honey, talk about what each can be used for and discuss safe Manuka Honey dosage amounts.  

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.

How much and how should you take high strength MGO 900+ Manuka honey? 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 should 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 system

What MGO 500+ Manuka honey dosage should you use? MGO 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 and can be taken for as long as required.

You ought to 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!

Note that raw honey is not recommended for infants under 12 months.

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.  Daily consumption is recommended to feel the benefits of Manuka honey. 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. 

Which AB’s Manuka Honey Should You Buy?

AB’s Manuka Honey is available from MGO 30+ right up to the highest strength: MGO 900+ MGO. Every batch is independently scientifically tested for accurate methylglyoxal activity, and carefully stored in an ideal environment – out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat.  

When you choose to buy AB’s Manuka Honey from Simply Honey, you can be assured of a premium Australian product containing all the natural benefits that only Mother Nature can provide.  

So which Manuka Honey should you buy? Naturally we say buy AB’s Manuka honey! It’s 100% Australian, pure, and raw. We truly believe it is the best Manuka Honey on the market. 

Best MGO Manuka Honey for your business 

AB’s Honey can deliver the right strength MGO Manuka Honey to suit your business needs. We supply Australia’s leading manufacturers with our Manuka Honey for use as an ingredient in their products.  Worried about bulk supply or supply chain issues? We work hard to ensure procurement resilience and have been delivering dependable, high-quality products to our customers for over thirty years.  AB’s Honey accommodates large scale or small order lots that assist with your warehouse management and demand. 

At AB’s Honey, we do not compromise on Manuka Honey MGO rating. When you buy our honey, our testing and compliance regime ensures that you get exactly what you ordered – not some inferior blended product.  Every batch of our Manuka is honey sourced locally in Australia, complies with FSANZ Standard 2.8.2  and is independently tested and verified for MGO analysis and rating  Click here to learn more. 

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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