Manuka Honey De-Mystified!

The benefits of Manuka Honey knows no boundaries, from the treatment of cancer to enhancing the complexion of your skin. Heck, it is even believed to be one of nature’s healthiest product.

With a mind boggling array of different Manuka Honey manufacturers out in the market, it can pose a daunting task trying to tease out a suitable one for you. I happen to have two brands (Woodland’s Manuka Honey and NuzeaBee Manuka Honey) in my¬†refrigerator. Let’s see what we can learn from them!

Activity rating of 5%

Honey has long been used as an agent to treat infections. You see, when bee farmers harvest nectar from plants, our friendly bees introduce an enzyme called glucose oxidase which has the ability to convert sugar in honey into antiseptic hydrogen peroxide which is able to kill harmful bacteria without harming our tissues. Interestingly, in addition to this peroxide activity that normal honey possesses, some Manuka Honey have a non-peroxide activity which comes from a substance called methylglyoxal. This component can be measured by the activity rating listed on the bottle of the Manuka Honey. A higher activity means more methylyoxal, leading to stronger anti-bacterial properties.

Woodlands Organic Manuka Honey with a darker shade of amber.
NuzeaBee Manuka Honey with a lighter shade of amber.

The colour of the honey speaks volumes about its health benefits. Usually, Manuka Honey with a darker shade of amber suggests more anti-oxidants present and thus it is more effective in boosting the immune system.

Last but the the least, Manuka Honey does not come cheap and you have to factor in the cost. The more goodies packed inside that black little bottle the more expensive it becomes, naturally.

There you have it. Some facts that you ought to know before heading down to the supermarket to get your precious little bottle of Manuka Honey!


2 thoughts on “Manuka Honey De-Mystified!

  1. I’ve been using manuka honey for a few weeks now and it’s great. I use it for sore throats and colds. We normally have our honey designed by UMF (a Unique Manuka Factor of over 10 is recommended for the health benefits). I notice on your jar that it says “Active 5%”, what is the UMF equivalent of that?

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