Want to try Manuka honey for yourself? With so much choice out there, it can be somewhat difficult to find a product that would truly be of value – what’s the point of paying for something if it’s not everything it says it is?
How can you find the best Manuka honey? Here, we’re going to cover what you should think about before you make that purchase.
Tips for Finding the Best Manuka Honey
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, TA, MGO and 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 its honey independently tested by the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association), which awards the grading (the number that accompanies the UMF™ lettering), based upon the unique properties that are found in genuine Manuka.
In fact, UMF™ is the only system that tests for the three unique chemical markers of Manuka honey, which are:
- Methylglyoxal (MGO), a chemical compound that’s mainly responsible for the special quality of Manuka honey and forms the basis of the UMF™ grading system. On the other hand, the MGO rating system is a test for the Methylglyoxal element only, and with many high street retailers selling MGO-rated products, it’s worthy to note there was a case that MGO was added to honey after it was collected, so the system isn’t a sure-fire 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’s 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. 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 as a whole can then be graded for its potency – UMF™ strength can range from 5+ to 20+, with 20+ indicating the highest level of beneficial compounds.
When you see a UMF™ label on a bottle or jar of Manuka honey, you can feel assured that you’re looking at the most genuine and best quality Manuka on the market.
What Manuka Honey Products Are Available?
One of the reasons Manuka honey is so sought-after is that it is able to provide a wide range of goodness – from helping everyday wellbeing through to contributing to the healing process of broken skin, cuts and wounds (indeed, Medihoney is used in hospitals and clinics all over the world).