Are you eating real Manuka Honey?
UMF™ (Unique Manuka Factor) A trademark in New Zealand, which insures purity and quality.
It refers to the non-peroxide activity in honey that is compared to disinfectant phenol. It includes the quantity of MGO found, but also other key markers like Leptosperin and DHA. It makes the best referral standard for an antibacterial manuka honey. A total quality mark.
It is the only international quality standard, with multiple laboratories around the world able to verify test results. It also offers an independent, internationally recognised verification program. The UK’s own Food and Environmental Research Agency (FERA) can verify UMF® labels.
The numbers that follow UMF refer to the percentage of phenol in water. For example UMF12 equals a 12% solution of phenol in water.
The numbers range from 10 to 25 (for therapeutic value) The higher the rating the more potent the honey.
UMF 5+ → shows lower levels of antibacterial activity, yet this manuka honey makes an excellent nutritional supplement.
UMF10+ → Low to medium level antibacterial activity, suitable for helping to maintain good health.
UMF15+ → High antibacterial activity
UMF20+ → Very high antibacterial properties.
The UMF® mark is actually a registered trademark, invented to grade the honey abut also to protect the consumer that is getting a manuka honey that does actually contain the healing properties it is famous for.
Manuka honey is one of the most researched honeys in the world. It has different markers and grades, all at expensive prices.
MGO™ (methylglyoxal)– A trademark of Manuka Health New Zealand, referring strictly to the amount of MGO (aka MG) found in it. Scientific evidence has confirmed methylglyoxal as one of the key compounds naturally occurring in New Zealand manuka honey. Some scientists considered MGO the main factor of all the antibacterial properties of honey.
MGO™30 (containing 30mg/kg) – table grade
MGO™100 (containing 100mg/kg)
MGO™250 (containing 250mg/kg)
MGO™400 (containing 400mg/kg) – antibacterial grade, suited for skin therapy.
MGO™550 (containing 550mg/kg) – high antibacterial grade, suited for skin therapy.