What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey is a different type of honey, because it is only made in New Zealand and can only be made for a few weeks of the year. Manuka Honey is produced by bees during the warmer summer weather, who pollinate the flowers of the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium) as it blooms. And as these flowers only offer an approximate 25 day open window for nectar production, local beekeepers must act quickly when moving their beehives closer to this unique plant, which grows in remote locations.
What does MGO stand for?
MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring anti-bacterial compound that makes Manuka honey so special. It is formed in the Honey from Manuka nectar, and as the honey ripens, the level of MGO may increase.
Like UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) the MGO Manuka Honey grading system is a trusted test that simply and directly reflects the methylglyoxal content of the honey.
How does Manuka Honey benefit my body?
Due to New Zealand’s strict Food regulations, it is difficult to speculate about any possible health benefits and effects of Manuka honey. However, with that said, the antibacterial properties of Manka honey are what sets it apart from traditional honey and is why is has a history of use as a traditional remedy by the Maori people of New Zealand.
These days people take Manuka honey for IBS & Digestion, a Cough & Sore Throat, for Joint Health & Inflammation purposes, and for Skin irritations.