Manuka Honey UMF®

Manuka Honey UMF- Which UMF for me?

UMF Manuka Honey

What is UMF Manuka Honey?

UMF stands for “Unique Manuka Factor”, a term trademarked by New Zealand’s government supported UMF Honey Association. It refers to the unique natural markers and signature compounds in manuka honey, that determines that the manuka honey is real and authentic. This includes the key markers of Methylglyoxal, Leptosperin, Hydroxymethylfurfural, and DHA.

UMF Manuka honey Jar

UMF Manuka honey Jar

UMF labeling means it has been independently lab-tested by New Zealand’s board and has been certified as real and authentic manuka honey. This is to combat the fake manuka honey fraud scam that cheats consumers worldwide.

The number explain the UMF level, of methylglyoxal and antibacterial activity, in the manuka honey. The higher the more valuable and rare. The most commonly recommended for daily health consumption of manuka honey is UMF 10+.

Brands which carry only the number and without UMF, or with other acronym such as MGO, AMF, etc etc are not tested nor endorsed by the New Zealand UMF board. There are a large number of brands that are using fake manuka level to cheat consumers.

Manuka Honey with less than UMF 10 has a low level of activity and may not be effective.  The ideal potency is between UMF 10+ or UMF 15+.

What is manuka honey?

Manuka honey is a monofloral honey that bee produces from the manuka bush, a native plant found only in New Zealand and a small part of Australia. Only these manuka bush produces honey with such high level of signature compounds desired, due to the unique climate, soil and this unique plant in New Zealand.

Manuka honey contains a high level of methylglyoxal (MG), an antibacterial component. Manuka flowers’ nectars have a high level of dihydroxyacetone, that is converted to methylglyoxal, hence the high level of MG in manuka honey.

Some summary of manuka honey benefits

  1. Improved general health immunity.
  2. Helps reduce and alleviate allergies
  3. Calms and alleviate Low Stomach Acid, Acid Reflux, SIBO
  4. Aids in healing sore throat, coughing and cold
  5. Face masks to improve facial skin, treat acne, eczema
  6. Reduce tooth decay and gingivitis, bad breath
  7. Fights Staph Infections (MRSA)
  8. Medical grade manuka honey heals burns, Wound, and Ulcers
  9. Helps in IBS and IBD Treatment
  10. Ease in deep sleep and resting
  11. General Beauty Treatment and Health Booster

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