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‘Manuka Honey’

I want to buy manuka honey. What is UMF 16+, MGO 400+, Active?

what is manuka honey MGO400+

How should I buy manuka honey? What is UMF or MGO? Or NPA? Are you confused? 🙂 There are 3 ways of grading manuka honey, all of them trying to reflect the quality of honey, by measuring its antibacterial properties: UMF, MGO and A (Active). There are two types of antibacterial activity in honey. 1. Hydrogen peroxide activity. It is found in all honeys, including manuka honey. This activity is triggered by an enzyme found in honey, glocose oxidase.  It was initially added by the… Read More

Is Manuka Honey safe to eat?

is manuka honey safe to eat

We ask this question because manuka honey contains MGO. So, is manuka honey safe? What is MGO anyway? MGO comes from Methylglyoxal and is a substance belonging to dicarbonyl group (a group of toxic substances). Manuka honey contains very high levels of this substance (over 1,000 ppm), hence the concern regarding its safety. How toxic is MGO? MGO is the main precursor to Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs)(wikipedia link). These are harmful compounds that can affect nearly every type of cell and molecule in the… Read More