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UMF™ Manuka Honey

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Try premium manuka honey from Comvita™ and experience the difference between verifiable quality and marketing hype. Comvita™ manuka honey is verified under the manuka honey MGO rating system, as well as the UMF™ standard. UMF™ is the gold standard in manuka honey ratings and is backed by the New Zealand government for its verification of quality and potency. MGO ratings refer to the honey’s methylglyoxal content and its potency - the higher the number, the more potent the honey. Shop the full Comvita™ manuka honey range, which includes honey to take from the spoon or stir into your favourite recipes, as well as pure manuka honey lozenges.

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YOUR GUIDE TO UMF™ MANUKA HONEY


WHAT IS MANUKA HONEY?

Manuka honey is collected from Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium) flowers. This flower is only available from New Zealand’s most pure and remote locations. Renowned for its rich flavour, Manuka Honey is recognised worldwide for its unique properties not found in ordinary honey. With a flowering season of just 2-6 weeks a year, it is one of nature's special gifts.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MANUKA HONEY?

  • Manuka Honey Soothes sore throats & coughs
  • Used medicinally for aiding skin conditions
  • Treats burns, eczema and dermatitis
  • Promotes oral health
  • Promotes wound healing and reduces the risk of infection
  • Improves digestive symptoms


Learn more about THE SCIENCE BEHIND MANUKA HONEY.


WHAT'S THE SCIENCE BEHIND MANUKA HONEY?

All honey has varying levels of antibacterial activity from hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is affected by heat, light, time and commercial processing. Manuka honey is unique because it contains natural activity, ie Methyglyoxal (MG), which displays significant antibacterial effects when compared to Hydrogen Peroxide. In-vitro studies have revealed that Manuka honey is effective against several bacteria.

Methylglyoxal (MG) can be added into honey, this is why we test for all 3 naturally occurring chemical markers: Leptosperin, Methylglyoxal (MG) and Dihydroxyacetone (DHA),in order to ensure the best quality genuine UMF™ Manuka honey.


WHAT IS UMF™ MANUKAHONEY ?

UMF™ stands for "Unique Manuka Factor". The UMF™ grading system appraises natural markers found in Manuka honey, and assures purity and quality. The UMF™ number indicates the level of the unique Manuka properties within the honey. The higher the grade, the higher the purity (this only applies to UMF™ graded honey).

Learn more about UMF Manuka Honey.


WHY CHOOSE COMVITA™ MANUKAHONEY ?

Every batch of Comvita™ UMF™ Manuka honey is independently analysed and certified for quality, purity and authenticity by the UMF™ Honey Association (UMFHA). The UMFHA also conducts random sampling to monitor quality regularly, ensuring Manuka honey carrying the UMF™ mark is true to label.

Here at Comvita™, we pride ourselves on our industry leading analysis laboratories. Every batch of our Manuka honey goes through a rigorous testing process, from the moment it is collected from the hive, filtered to remove any non-honey impurities and bottled ready to ship. We bottle and label all our UMF™ Manuka honey in New Zealand. To ensure you get products that meet relevant New Zealand government standards, we are registered with New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). Our honeys are available for selling within New Zealand and are eligible for export.

Before you purchase any Manuka honey, it might worth checking if they are sold within New Zealand to ensure you are getting a genuine product.

No other company knows Manuka honey like Comvita™.


WHAT DO THE UMF™ HONEY NUMBERS MEAN?

Many factors can affect the quality of Manuka honey - it’s natural, so the sun, wind and rain all play a part. There are two islands in New Zealand, the North and the South; the North Island is warmer and generally produces the higher grade (purer) Manuka honey.

The grading represents the purity of Manuka - the numbers can range from UMF™5+ to 20+.

Manuka honey is rare -it is unusual to find large pockets of UMF™20+ or numbers higher than UMF™20+.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING MANUKA HONEY?

Comvita™ Manuka Honey carries the UMF™ mark, which means all three naturally occurring signature compounds, Leptosperin, Methylglyoxal (MG) and Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) are measured. Together, these indicate high quality, authentic Manuka honey - while other systems measure only one or two. This process gives you a much more comprehensive and assured view of what's in your honey. Check our detailed guide of how to find the best Manuka Honey.

Check the company’s website -do they sell their brand in New Zealand? If a product is not sold in New Zealand, it does not comply with local legislation.


NO.1 UMF MANUKA HONEY

Comvita was the largest producer under the UMFHA trademark in 2018.


TOP 6 WAYS TO USE MANUKA HONEY

UMF™ Manuka Honey is always at the heart of Comvita’s products - enjoy it straight from the spoon, in a smoothie, Manuka recipes or in your favourite beverages. Comvita™ has specially formulated UMF™ Manuka honey in various products for targeted goodness.


1.Immune Support Elixirs-Comvita™'s Winter Wellness range of products contains UMF™ 10+ soothing Manuka honey and the Elixirs also contain zinc to support the immunesystem.* The essential ingredients are combined with Propolis and Blackcurrant, for a soothing Elixir.


2.Lozenges - Manuka honey infused lozenges to soothe throats as the Manuka honey melts in your mouth. We have a selection of Pure UMF 10+ Lozenges that can be carried around and used in tea, as well as Manuka Honey with Lemon and Ginger or Propolis - perfect for on the go. For children, we recommend Manuka honey lollipops.


3. Natural Sweetener - UMF™ 5+ Manuka honey can be used in cooking for a different way of taking this everyday goodness; use it in cakes or drizzle on breakfasts - it’s lovely with yoghurt. Get some inspiration with our Manuka Recipes.


4. Wound healing aids -Comvita™’s Medihoney® Wound Gel contains medical grade antibacterial Manuka honey, which has been scientifically researched and clinically proven to naturally support wound healing and reduce the risk of infection. There are over 14 years of research and safety data -including over 130 case studies, laboratory studies and randomised controlled trials - supporting Medihoney® Wound Gel, which is used in hospitals and clinics around the world with outstanding results, on burns, ulcers and open wounds.


5. Derma care for dry, itchy and sensitive skin - Formulated with medical grade Manuka honey, the Medihoney® Wash, lotions and creams are fragrance-free, soap-free and dermatologically tested for dry, itchy and sensitive skin use.


6.Oral Spray- Combining the power of UMF™10+ Manuka honey, herbal ingredients and Propolis to numb your throat, Comvita™ Oral Spray is a handy helper on the go.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do you have a question about Manuka Honey? Below you'll find answers from our honey expert to the questions we get asked the most about.



  • Is Manuka Honey Antibacterial?


Manuka Honey contains the 3 natural occurring chemical markers that we test for to give its powerful activity, which is why Antibacterial Wound Gel a Manuka Honey gel is used in hospitals for healing. 



  • How do I know my Manuka Honey is real?


There have been lots of reports about some brands not testing to what is considered Manuka Honey. New Zealand have tightened their regulations and only some definitions Manuka Honey can be sold in New Zealand stores, Comvita Manuka Honey is sold in New Zealand the home of Manuka honey.



  • Can I take Manuka Honey during Pregnancy? 


Manuka Honey has been taken by pregnant women for many years with no reported problems as a result of its ingestion. As a food, we suggest that UMF Manuka Honey is generally considered safe to take during pregnancy. If you do have concerns, please consult your healthcare professional.



  • Can I take Manuka Honey if I am diabetic?


If your healthcare professional has suggested that honey could be consumed with your condition, Comvita recommends to start with small quantities and monitor blood sugar levels. Indian Ayurvedic physicians suggest that honey serves as a valuable sugar substitute and can be consumed by diabetic subjects. Recent studies suggest that honey is tolerated by individuals with impaired glucose tolerances. 



  • Is Comvita Manuka Honey raw? 


Honey that is left 'raw' straight from the hive contains bee pollen and parts of the bee hive or the honey comb. Comvita's honey is filtered remove these particles, to ensure you have a raw clean honey. 



  • UMF and MGO, what is the difference? 


UMF is the standard due to the UMFHA (UMF Honey Association), a highly respected independent organisation. UMF standard does not only measure Methylglyoxal (MG), but Leptosperin and Dihydroxyaceton (DHA). Learn more about MGO and UMF differences


In Singapore it has been found that a company was adding MG to honey to achieve test results, it is important to check all 3 markers are presented in the Manuka. 


Other measuring tools ('MG', 'Active', 'NPA') are used at the discretion of the producing company, with no third party checks in place.


The UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association) is a voluntary regulatory body that can be joined by any company bottling in New Zealand, the UMFHA regularly conducts audits on all companies using the UMF trademark.



Reference:

1. Arne Simon, Kirsten Traynor, Kai Santos, Gisela Blaser, Udo Bode, and Peter Molan. Medical Honey for Wound Care—Still the ‘Latest Resort’? Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2009 Jun; 6(2): 165–173.doi: 10.1093/ecam/nem175

2.Cuilan Chen, Leona T. Campbell, Shona E. Blair, and Dee A. Carter. The effect of standard heat and filtration processing procedures on antimicrobial activity and hydrogen peroxide levels in honey. 2012; 3: 265.doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00265

3. Manisha Deb Mandal andShyamapada Mandal. Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity. 2011 Apr; 1(2): 154–160.doi: 10.1016/S2221-1691(11)60016-6