Why is Comvita Manuka Honey The Best in New Zealand and Rest of the World?
UPDATE May 2020- Comvita Authorised dealers would have regular Certificate of Analysis (COA) for the manuka honey UMF lab analysis imported into their countries. Scroll to the bottom for the latest COA for Comvita manuka honey imported for Singapore and Asia.
Comvita manuka honey (康维他麦卢卡蜂蜜) is considered the gold standards for the most excellent, consistent and reputed source of manuka honey from New Zealand. For those who are not sure what is manuka honey, the short answer is that it is a monofloral honey that is found exclusively only in New Zealand and some part of Australia because of the manuka bush. You can click here on why people eat manuka honey daily for good health.
Comvita is known as 康维他。 康维他麦卢卡蜂蜜是华人最信赖的麦卢卡蜂蜜品牌。
Is Comvita The Best Manuka Honey in The World?
With all the numerous brands of manuka honey that you can find on the store or online, you are probably wondering which one is the best? There are many established brands such as Taku, Kare, Woodlands Organic, Manuka Health etc. However, most if not all health advocates will agree on this:- Comvita is regarded as the best consistent high-quality manuka honey in the world.
Don’t believe me? Well, let’s take a look at the reasons why Comvita is the best manuka honey in the world.
What Is Comvita? 康维他麦卢卡蜂蜜
Comvita is founded in 1974 and has spent over four decades to perfecting their beekeeping craft. And their hard work is well paid off as Comvita is considered as global manuka honey leader. They have over 40,000 hives in New Zealand.
Comvita is the only manuka honey company that is publicly listed, it is traded publicly in London Stock Exchange. It has grown over the years to be more than a honey company with manuka candies, manuka derma cream, toothpaste, etc. It has expanded into higher-end health products such as olive leaf extract, sambucol-alternative health supplements, etc.
Why is Comvita manuka honey so expensive?
Comvita is so expensive because of the tedious process to ensure authentic manuka honey that is lab tested and certified.
- Lots of field work to provide the best for the bees
- Filtering to reject manuka honey that fails UMF 20, 15, 10 or 5 grading standards.
- Further rejection of honey that fails texture, viscosity, tastes, etc standards.
- More lab tests to ensure authenticity and certification.
- Certification by UMF Board to fight fraud and provide authenticity for consumers.
Their beekeepers do not just harvest any honey they can find, their development team has to go through research fieldwork for selected beehives.
Only then they can tend, harvest and test the honey for purity and sufficient high UMF for their bottling plants. They tend to reject honey that has insufficient methylglyoxal. Even honey that is sufficient for their UMF 20, 15, 10, 5 gradings may be rejected if the texture, viscosity etc is not up to their high standards.
You can even trace each honey to its source because Comvita has a system of tracking each batch of honey from different marked beehives. Comvita works closely with the beekeepers because they know beekeepers understand the health of the bee best. Isn’t that amazing?
They produce the honey from New Zealand’s rugged central North Island volcanic plateau to the bush-clad hills of Northland. And they have a team across the US, filled with nutritionists, health practitioners, and natural wellness experts!
The benefits of manuka honey are alive in every single drop as Comvita has a strict and rigid system to ensure the manuka honey is unadulterated from the hives to your bottle. They make sure the unique methylglyoxal factor is as potent and alive in the jar as it in the hive.
Comvita Manuka honey can also be considered raw, this means they preserve the integrity of the honey, including the pollen, enzymes, propolis, and amino acids. They also don’t undergo any significant transformation that many honey processers do to increase volume, higher shelf life, etc just to squeeze more money from uninformed consumers.
Comvita higher quality standards so you get what you paid for
Manuka honey has a limited crop production and sensitive to weather conditions, so it takes immense skill, planning, and resources, thus it makes it more expensive to produce than other types of honey, but it is worth the money. Unlike other brands, you are getting pure, unadulterated manuka honey that is certified by the UMF Board.
Why Comvita Is the Best? 康维他麦卢卡蜂蜜
With all manuka honey brands that are available online or offline, some claimed they are the best. These manuka honey are labeled with terms like “Bio-Active”, “Active”, “MGO” or “UMF”. I believe most of you will wonder what is the difference between all of those labels? Which one is the best? Which one is real? And what is the standard?
You only want to give the best manuka honey to your family, and why Comvita?
Firstly, it has been argued that real manuka honey comes from New Zealand. Yes, if it doesn’t come from NZ, then I’m sorry to say that it is not what it claimed. Just like real champagne comes from France, manuka honey comes from Manuka flower, that only grows in New Zealand. It is not just the correct climate at that latitude, it is to do with the dark soil that allows manuka bush to prosper there.
The second factor that it has to be monofloral. This means it comes from the one and only, flower from the manuka bush. Not a blend of multiple floral sources, not multi floral or “mostly” derived from Manuka flower.
The third factor is important too, the UMF because the price of manuka honey depends on their UMF level. Make sure your manuka honey has UMF independent certification, with this, it will guarantee the honey meets MPI standards. The standard is that it contains a minimum level all three of the key compounds, and ensure that its genuine monofloral Manuka honey with Leptospira, DHA, and MGO (Methylglyoxal).
What Makes Comvita Different
Other than the facts that Comvita has their own beekeeping operation, they are also aware that their operations must be sustainable and positive for the Earth. As you know, manuka honey is considered a rare and natural resource, and the flower with the bees are sensitive to climate change, so it is important that Manuka honey is harvested with sustainability and regeneratively.
Comvita is also the only one that is certified gluten-free by GFCO and their jar is also BPA free. And they are also certified as genuine UMF from UMFHA (check their license number #1019, UMF License for Comvita)
While Comvita products are tested for and guaranteed, some brands only measured for MGO, while the rest don’t even measure for any. So, make sure you get what your money worth!
List of Comvita Products
Comvita offers manuka honey in UMF grades, each showing the level of MGO content and level of scarcity due to crop yields. This indicates the highest level of beneficial compounds. The higher the number, meaning the more targeted the usage for common wellness remedies.
- UMF 20+. Comes in bottle of 250 gram (8.8 oz)
- UMF 18+. Comes in bottle of 250 gram (8.8 oz)
- UMF 15+. Comes in bottle of 250 gram (8.8 oz)
- UMF 10+. Comes in bottles of 250 gram (8.8 oz) or 500 gram (17.06 oz)
- UMF 5+. Comes in bottles of 250 gram (8.8 oz) or 500 gram (17.06 oz) or 1 kilo (35.02 oz)
Higher UMF levels manuka honey tend to have a darker color and distinctive taste, so don’t worry about the color and taste difference! Manuka honey with UMF higher than 10+ is medical grade and therapeutic for the skin.
Do note that taste, color, texture may differ from batch to batch, due to seasonality when the beekeepers harvest the honey from New Zealand hives.
As for the other products, we have:
- Comvita Propolis Softgels. This is suitable if you are looking for nature’s powerful defense system. It will support the immune system.
- Comvita Vitality Royal Jelly Softgel. This is suitable to maintain your vitality. One capsule contains 500gr royal jelly.
- Comvita Kids Honey. Made perfectly for kids, so it will taste good and creamy.
- Comvita Manuka Honey & Blackcurrant Elixir. This is suitable for the chilly season like winter. This all in one formula contain 10+ UMF and blackcurrant to soothe a sore throat.
- Comvita Children’s Manuka Honey Elixir Winter Wellness. This is suitable for your children especially in the chilly season like winter. This all in one formula contain 10+ UMF with a great strawberry flavour to soothe a sore throat. Made for children above 1-year-old
- Comvita Propolis Toothpaste. With tea tree oil and xylitol, this toothpaste will be an effective way to protect gums and your teeth as it all work together to fight off plaque and decay.
What is Comvita Kids Honey? What is Comvita Children’s manuka honey elixir?
First of all, do note that children below the age of 1 year old should not eat honey of any kind. You can read here that honey may be deadly to children below 1 year old as their immune system is not built up yet to handle honey.
Once your children are above 1 year old, they can enjoy the nutritious benefits of sweet honey!
Comvita Kids Yummy Honey is blended from 3 different honey to provide a delicious taste that appeals to kids and yet contains nutritious benefits to them. Many high-quality manuka honey brands are not sweet, and may not be a favourite among picky kids. Comvita understood this and designed this honey to appeal to kids.
It helps boost the immune system of kids, and can be used as a natural sweetener instead of sugar or artificial sweetener. This is definitely more healthy for toddlers and children!
Beside Comvita Yummy Honey for kids, they have also designed Winter Wellness Manuka Honey Elixir that is designed to boost children immune system like Sambucol.
Comvita Winter Wellness Manuka Honey Elixir as the alternative to Sambucol
As a parent myself, I have been giving my babies sambucol and I know many parents love giving sambucol to strength their toddlers’ immune system. Sambucol contains vitamin C and Zinc and also have the antioxidant capability of free radicals. It is an extremely popular health supplement that supports probiotics formation.
But do you know that Manuka honey happens to have antioxidant benefits too? On the other side, it also has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. If taken daily, manuka has an elixir effect to boosts energy.
Instead of sambucol, Comvita Winter wellness Elixir may be better because
- support and boost the immune system
- no artificial sweetener or preservatives
- contains UMF 10 Manuka honey
- all natural ingredients
- Great taste
- Meant for kids above 2 years old
Comvita has designed Winter Wellness Manuka Honey Elixir series for adults as well as for kids above 1 year old as a stronger than sambucol supplement. You may be surprised that Comvita is a better alternative if you are looking for something to boost your immune system.
Comvita Manuka Honey UMF Certificate of Analysis (COA)
For Comvita in Singapore and Asia, the latest certificate of analysis proves the authenticity of the active UMF level of the manuka honey we import. These are the latest certificates for May and June imports for 2020.
How do I make sure my manuka honey is authentic and not fake?
We have the lab analysis authenticity certificate for Comvita UMF 5+, 10+, 15+, 18+, 20+ as well as manuka honey blend. The certificates are all below, imported by Cantley LifeCare Pte Ltd, the parent company of HoneyCity.com.sg
Certificates for Singapore Comvita UMF 20+ 18+ 15+ 10+ 5+ and Blend
Where can I Buy Comvita Manuka Honey products?
Many specialty honey shops may not have comvita 康维他麦卢卡蜂蜜 because they prefer to push their own house brands, and having a giant brand like Comvita 康维他麦卢卡蜂蜜分店 tend to demolish their own in-house brand sales.
You can find them in premium department stores such as Metro, chemist warehouse or supermarket as Cold Storage, or NTUC Finest supermarket. Unfortunately, do note that without discount or sales, the prices are usually quite premium and costly too.
You can also get it from Comvita Shop honeycity.com.sg, where the prices are much better and you get free delivery once you hit the free shipping tier. They ship in Singapore as well as to worldwide, such as Europe, North America, China, Hongkong and Taiwan.