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Finding the best Manuka honey

If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re fully aware of the potential benefits of Manuka honey and want to try some for yourself? With so much choice out there, it can be difficult to find a product that would work for you– what’s the point of paying for something if it is not everything it says it is?

How can you find the best Manuka honey? Here are some tips on finding the best Manuka Honey for you.

The Grading

When you’re browsing for Manuka products, you may come across a collection of numbers and letters on labels and in product descriptions. These generally refer to the grading system that the honey itself has been tested against. Common ones you may find include, MGO and UMF.

UMF

UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) is an internationally recognised gold standard grading system for assessing the purity, authenticity and quality of Manuka honey. Each product that carries the UMF trademark has had their honey independently tested by the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association), who awards the grading (the number that accompanies the UMF lettering), based upon the unique properties that are found in genuine Manuka.

UMF is the only system that tests for the three unique chemical markers of Manuka honey, which are:

MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special. The MGO rating system is a test for the Methylglyoxal element only. There was a case that MGO was added to honey after it was collected and with many retailers selling MGO-rated products the system isn’t a way of knowing you have 100% natural Manuka honey.

Leptosperin can only be found in the nectar of Manuka and cannot be fabricated. Due to its unique abundance in Manuka honey, it has been identified as one of the standout characteristics that distinguishes Manuka from other types of honey.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is present within the nectar of Manuka flowers and once the bees gather the nectar and turn it into honey, it converts naturally into MGO over time.

Once these elements are verified, the honey can then be graded. UMF strength can range from 5+ to 20+, with 20+ indicating the highest level of beneficial compounds.

 

So, when you see a UMF symbol on a jar of Manuka honey, you can rest assured that you’re looking at the most genuine and best quality on the market.

See www.umf.org.nz for more information

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