So now that we have Manuka Honey in stock for the 1st time in ages, a lot of people are asking why it’s expensive and why it’s different… All pure honey around the world is basically good for you and your health because pure honey contains varying levels of the enzyme Glucose Oxidase. This enzyme, which is introduced into the honey by the bees, slowly releases antiseptic Hydrogen Peroxide effectively into infection sites, in or on the body, killing harmful bacteria without damaging body tissue.
Manuka honey, from tea tree blossoms, has a healing ability or anti-bacterial “activity” that is truly exceptional because not only does this special Manuka contain Hydrogen Peroxide activity in good stable levels, but also a “non-peroxide” activity additional to and above or stronger than the Hydrogen Peroxide. Latest research seems to indicate that this additional non-peroxide activity is a substance called MethylGlyoxal which has very powerful germ killing abilities. In Manuka honey, MethylGlyoxal comes from the conversion of another compound — dihydroxyacetone — that is found in high concentration in the nectar of manuka flowers. The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. But, there may also be other compounds involved in the medicinal effect of Manuka honey.
Honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor. The UMF rating is thought to correspond with the concentration of MG and other compounds. Not all honey labelled as Manuka honey contains significant levels of antibacterial factors. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, Manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as “UMF Manuka Honey” or “Active Manuka Honey.”
Oh, and it’s delicious…