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The MGO Manuka Honey Grading System Explained

13/08/2018

The MGO Manuka Honey Grading System Explained

.If you’ve previously searched for Manuka honey, either online or on the shelf of your local health food shop, you may have come across a number of grading systems, and one of these grading systems is MGO Manuka Honey– but what is it and what does it test for?

What Is MGO Manuka Honey? How Does It Compare To Another Manuka Ratings System?<

The MGO in Manuka honey refers to Methylglyoxal, which is a chemical compound that is found in Manuka honey. MGO provides the antibacterial effect that is so-often spoken about. The MGO grading system tests for the Methylglyoxal contained within the honey. However, Methylglyoxal can be produced synthetically and added to the honey during manufacturing process, so the test does not offer a true sign of purity and quality when it comes to evaluating genuine Manuka.

UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) on the other hand, tests for all three naturally-occurring chemical markers of the honey; Methylglyoxal (MGO as mentioned, the antibacterial element), Dihydroxyacetone (also known as DHA, the age of the honey), and Leptosperin (the indicator of genuine Manuka). Only UMF standard tests for Leptosperin, which can only be found in Manuka honey and cannot be fabricated.

To offer a comparison with the MGO Manuka honey you may see, here are the levels of Methylglyoxal found within each UMF rating:

UMF 5+ has a minimum MGO 83.

UMF 10+ has a minimum MGO 263.

UMF 15+ has a minimum MGO 514.

UMF 18+ has a minimum MGO 698.

UMF 20+ has a minimum MGO 829.

Here at Comvita, we test for MGO in the Manuka honey, as well as DHA and Leptosperin, then rate the potency of honey based on the UMF grading system. We can therefore ensure that the Methylglyoxal in our Manuka products is naturally occurring, providing you with a genuine taste of one of nature’s special gifts.

Government Testing For Manuka Authenticity

In order to offer further reassurance to suppliers and customers around the world that they are indeed investing in Manuka honey that is genuine, all products marked ‘Manuka’ that are intended for export from New Zealand must now be subjected to independent DNA tests.

Unveiled by the New Zealand Ministry For Primary Industries earlier this year, the new Manuka honey science definition protects the reputation of one of the rarest types of honey in the world, as it continues to grow in popularity, connecting people with nature and good health.

Comvita Manuka Honey

No matter the period of its cultivation; from the moment it is created in our hives, to when it’s placed upon the shelf of your local store, our Manuka honey can be traced. Every step we take during its creation involves constant monitoring, checking and testing in order to ensure that the honey we produce is indeed natural and pass all purity tests that it needs to go through.

With our UMF range, we can guarantee that the MGO in this Manuka honey is indeed naturally occurring. Whether you’re searching for medical grade Manuka honey to aid the healing process of small cuts and wounds, to including in an age-old recipe that you’d like to place a unique spin on – we can guarantee that our products are indeed everything their labels says they are. Why not browse our UMF Manuka honey range to learn more?

Need More Information? Get In Touch With Our Manuka Honey Experts Today.

If you need any further information about MGO manuka honey on any aspect of our product range, then please feel free to give our experts a call today on 01628 779 460. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to us at info@comvita.co.uk


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