Manuka Health M/H Manuka Honey 400+ 500g
for years UMF® has been used as the measurement for Manuka Honey. The problem is most people have never understood it and therefore not believed in it. Only those who use it have learnt of the benefits. UMF® does not identify the compound in the honey responsible for the special anti-bacterial activity of manuka honey. None did know what it was until very recently when University of Dresden, Germany discovered it was methylglyoxal.
This has created a wonderful opportunity to convince consumers of the special properties because they relate very quickly to the concept of a compound being responsible for the RELIABLE anti-bacterial activity. Also the measurement of the content can be shown e.g. 100 mg/kg. The New Zealand based company Manuka health has trademarked MGO™ manuka honey worldwide and now shows on its products this information e.g. MGO™100 manuka honey is the minimum methylglyoxal content required to kill all the major bacteria. This is equivalent to UMF®10.
Active 5+ = MGO™ 30
UMF® 10 = MGO™ 100
UMF® 16 = MGO™ 250
UMF® 20 = MGO™ 400
UMF® 25 = MGO™ 550
Another major reason why introducing MGO™ manuka honey is necessary is because there are plenty of fake manuka brands out there. These brands piggy-back on the reputation of manuka honey and the fact consumers cannot distinguish between the sub-brands they see: UMF®, Active, Bio-active, OMHA etc. Consumers look at the label see “manuka” and a number and then the price. The reality is the amount of methylglyoxal in these honeys is probably around 10 to 25 mg/kgs way below an effective level. However they are priced 50 to 75% of their equivalent UMF® product e.g. Active 10 is 50% price of UMF® 10. The Active product is growing very quickly but consumers are being misled if they want a health product. By introducing a clear standard with methylglyoxal content consumers can demand to see the amount in the honey and distinguish between health and table honeys.