What is bioactive Manuka honey?

Active honey is honey that has been tested and proven to contain ‘bioactive’ compounds. One of the most commonly known active honeys is Manuka. The bioactive compound, methylglyoxal, is a naturally occurring property of Manuka honey.

What does bioactive honey mean?

1. Bioactive honey is a powerful natural antibiotic. As bees collect different nectar from flowering plants, the honey that they create has different properties. Research has found that bioactive honey has high levels of Methylglyoxal (MGO) and hydrogen peroxide-based antimicrobial activity.

What does MGO 30+ mean on Manuka honey?

MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special. The MGO number tells you how much MGO is in your jar of honey – simple.

Why is manuka honey so rare?

The Manuka tree isn’t abundant in New Zealand and generally grows at altitude, wild in high country farmland, making it difficult for beekeepers to access for packing. Helicopters are commonly used in the honey collecting process. Beehives will be transported in and out of these locations at a very high price.

Where do you get manuka honey in New Zealand?

Pure manuka floral honey. Manuka Honey: 100% RAW MGO 200+ New Zealand Manuka Honey. Manuka honey is harvested from Leptospermum scoparium plants found growing in both Australia and New Zealand. The honey from these plants has unique properties not found in other honeys.

Which is the active ingredient in Manuka honey?

After nearly 30 years, researchers we able to identify methylglyoxal (MGO) as the active ingredient that is responsible for Manuka’s non-peroxide activity. Methylglyoxal occurs naturally in Manuka honey as dihydroxyacetone (DHA), an organically occurring compound found in Manuka flower nectar, spontaneously dehydrates.

Can you measure the antibacterial strength of manuka honey?

KFactor does not measure the antibacterial strength of the Manuka honey. Their website states that, in the future, they intend to measure MGO levels (among other things) as part of the KFactor grading system. This means they currently provide no insight into the NPA in their honey.

Who is the leading authority on manuka honey?

The Molan Gold Standard (MGS) is a quality trademarked and grading system created by Dr. Peter Molan. Dr. Molan is the scientist who originally discovered the non-peroxide antibacterial activity of Manuka honey. He was considered the leading authority on medical research on Manuka honey in the world until his death in 2015.