Manuka Honey Buyers Guide

New Zealand produces 100% of the worlds Manuka Honey, however every year even just in the UK alone more Manuka honey is sold than is produced in all of New Zealand. In fact the New Zealand Honey Industry has confirmed that between 3000 – 5000 tons of genuine Manuka honey is produced per season as off 2016 depending on good and bad seasons in yet around 10,000 -15,000 tons of honey that’s sold around the world is sold as Manuka. This page hopes to put a stop to that and is designed to help consumers be sure that the Manuka Honey they buy is guaranteed to be 100% genuine New Zealand Manuka Honey.

Q. How Can You Tell If Your Manuka Honey Is Real ?

Almost Everything Is In The Label

New Zealand has very strong labelling laws for Manuka Honey Products . Once you know what to look for you will be able to make sure you are buying a true New Zealand Manuka Honey. Below are the details of the general legal requirements and things to look for when buying your Manuka honey that has been made and shipped from New Zealand locally or online. This example use’s A true NZ Manuka Honeys Label as a reference. As of publishing this page on April 13th 2016 Avatar Honey New Zealand LTD have the latest Manuka Honey product to pass thru New Zealand’s strick Manuka honey legal system and be approved as a genuine Manuka Honey Product.

The Good News Is You Can Buy Genuine Manuka Honey Online Or In Store Locally From Many Places In New Zealand

Warning –There Are Many Manuka Honey Brands We Have Found Sold Outside Of New Zealand In Singapore, UK, USA & On Amazon With No UMF or Methylglyoxal Ratings Nor Do Many Meet The New Zealand Manuka Honey Product Labels Legal Requirements .

TEST YOURSELF Which Of These Would You Buy ?

Find one you like ?
Did you choose Manuka Doctor, Wedderspoon, maybe Healing honey or Airborne ? Actually most of the above would be illegal to ship out of New Zealand and set off alarms on the genuine Manuka honey radar! Reasons Are Below
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    No UMF Or Methylglyoxal Rating

    When you are dealing with non-UMF non-MGO or honey without a Methylglyoxal rating, Mostly when tested you will find these honeys do not qualify as genuine premium New Zealand Manuka honey. All of the above have no UMF or Methylglyoxal rating stated on the label.

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    Mentions of ‘total activity’ or ‘active’ on Labels

    Mentions of the word “Active” .. Also the numbers like 12 or 16+ ? What is 16 + we ask ? Some of these non-UMF or non-methylglyoxal rated manuka honeys show ratings on the labels such as 12, 16 or 24+ that look confusingly like UMF ratings but certainly are not UMF Ratings Manuka honey without a true UMF or Methylglyoxal rating is more likely to be a blend with other types of honey. Remember the clues to non-premium honey are mentions of ‘total activity’ and ‘active’, also the absence of a UMF trademark, or ratings based on any factors other than UMF or Methylglyoxal content. Ideally you want to look for methylglyoxal content and we will explain more on that soon.

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    Important Disclaimer

    We are not saying these honeys are definitely not real Manuka Honey we are just saying its unlikely they are as these honeys couldn’t be legally exported from New Zealand as Manuka Honey today with these labels. And without any form of UMF or Methylglyoxal Rating system how could anyone tell. So why risk it when you can buy genuine Manuka honey online direct from New Zealand that’s got Methylglyoxal Ratings of 250+, 400+, 550+ , 600+ and even over 800+ that’s just a click away from places like Avatar Honey New Zealand, Comvita, Manuka South and other other popular New Zealand Manuka honey stores based online selling true Methylglyoxal and UMF Rated Honeys that we will mention more of soon.


What Does MGO Mean in Manuka Honey?

MGO is Dietery Methylglyoxal, which is a compound that is formed when glucose is made available to a living cell of a plant, animal or human. The function of the compound is to make sure that the cells are healthy. The presence of MGO in manuka honey comes from the nectar of the manuka bush. Once the bees collect the nectar and create honey, the resulting honey will already contain Methylglyoxal. The compound is what makes manuka honey superior over other types of honey on the market today.

Manuka honey antibacterial properties vs raw honey’s ?

All types of honey have some level of antibacterial properties that comes from the hydrogen peroxide formed in the honey. But hydrogen peroxide can disappear fast when subjected to various conditions while methylglyoxal stays still stable. And that’s why Manuka honey is more potent that other types of honey. While methylglyoxal is found in most types of honey, the amount is not comparable to that found in manuka honey.

Whats The Best Manuka Honey ?

It has been observed that the higher the Methylglyoxal level in manuka honey, the much more powerful the antiviral and antibacterial properties it contains. So, what is the best strength manuka honey? Methylglyoxal content of over 800+ is the best strength manuka honey on the market today. It will provide you with high levels of antibacterial powers that can be used to treat different types of conditions. It can be used both orally and applied on the surface of the skin and is classed offen as Medical grade manuka honey

What is the UMF rating on manuka honey ?

The UMF you see on the packaging of manuka honey stands for Unique Manuka Factor. It’s been and still is one of the global standard’s used to measure the antibacterial strength of Manuka Honey. The higher the UMF, the better the levels of Methylglyoxal content and the better the medicinal quality of the honey is said to be.

Keep in mind that UMF is not found in the nectar of the flowers from the manuka bush. Its the name of a form of testing and it tests honey for Methylglyoxal content. The minimum UMF rating is UMF 5, the Methylglyoxal content of a umf 5 maunka honey is not considered by many to be beneficial to one’s health at that level. For more on conversions between UMF and MGO of related levels of Methylglyoxal in manuka honey visit our Free UMF VS MGO Manuka Honey Calculator .

What is UMF 10+ Manuka honey ?
Manuka honey with UMF 10+ displays some antibacterial activity. Manuka honey is considered superior in quality only once it has a rating of UMF 16 and above with a true Methylglyoxal content of over 550+ mg/kg

Whats The True Color Of Manuka Honey?

Although season to season Manuka Honey Color does change the foundation deep color does stay very similar here is a vat of real Manuka Honey from Avatar Honey new Zealand to give you and idea of what to look for when your buying, if you prefer to buy online take a look at our recommendations