Choosing the Best Manuka Honey
What Makes Manuka Honey Unique?

Manuka honey is unique because it is only created by bees that forage the flowers of the Manuka tree in New Zealand. Manuka honey is also the only honey that contains the natural organic compound, Methylglyoxal (MGO), which contributes to its amazing health and wellness properties.

What Does MGO Mean in Manuka Honey?

MGO in Manuka honey refers to Methylglyoxal, a naturally occurring compound that contributes to the honey's unique antibacterial properties. It's measured in milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg), indicating the honey's potency. The higher the MG concentrations, the more potent the honey. 

Who Discovered MGO?

In the early 1990s, Dr. Peter Molan from Waikato University in New Zealand was studying the ‘peroxide activity’ attributed to honey's antibacterial properties. He found that unlike the ‘peroxide activity’ of other types of honey, which was easily destroyed by exposure to fluids, heat, and sunlight, Manuka honey had a different, more potent, and more stable property that he called “non-peroxide activity” (NPA). 

Later, Professor Thomas Henle from the Technical University of Dresden in Germany set out to isolate what in Manuka honey was exhibiting this potent and stable antibacterial effect. He was able to isolate the methylglyoxal (MGO) as the compound producing the NPA.

Which MGO Concentration Should You Choose?

There’s only one rule to remember when buying Manuka honey: the higher the MGO rating, the more potent and effective the honey is believed to be for medicinal purposes.

How Can I Tell the Difference Between Real Manuka Honey and Fake Manuka Honey?

There are only two legitimate, industry-recognized, and independently verifiable ways to label Manuka Honey:

  1. Manuka Honey should be labeled with the actual MGO test results (in mg/kg). We label our honey with the actual MGO results and make our test results publicly available (example here).

  2. Manuka Honey should be labeled with a rating on the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) scale.  UMF is trademarked and must appear on the label.

When you see anything else on a label of honey purporting to be Manuka honey, you should steer well clear. Examples of what continues to show up on labels include: “Active”, “Bio-Active”, “Total Activity”, “K-Factor” plus a number typically ranging from 5+ to 20+. When labeled this way, the company is trying to intentionally mislead the consumer into thinking they are getting a high MG (or legitimate UMF) honey when in reality, they are typically getting a very low concentration or low activity (i.e., low MG value) honey.

Where Can I Buy Manuka Honey?

You can buy authentic New Zealand Manuka honey directly on our website. At Bees & Trees, we are committed to producing the best quality Manuka honey. We harvest our honey in small batches to ensure high quality, minimally process it, and then pack it. We also publish our Methylglyoxal test reports on our product pages so you can shop confidently.

Where Can I Get Affordable Manuka Honey

You can get affordable Manuka honey directly from us. Manuka honey is usually pricey due to its unique benefits and limited supply from New Zealand. However, at Bees & Trees we value accessibility and affordability, therefore we sell our honey directly instead of using resellers. This allows us to avoid extra costs and sell our high-quality Manuka honey for 33%-50% less than our competitors. And as a bonus, we consistently offer exclusive discounts on our website.


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