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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 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. DHA was 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+.

Obtained from the USC research findings, the list below includes Leptospermum species that have high DHA as well as some Leptospermum species that have zero DHA, that is no potential to produce MGO at all.

Storing Manuka Honey

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

An experiment conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast revealed that prolonged heat destroys both DHA as well as MGO. The Honey Lab researchers advise that honey drums should not be left out in the sun. Honey should also not be subject to prolonged heating. 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.  

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.

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