Nutritionist, Marianna Sulic, reveals the benefits of manuka honey and explains why Manuka Health MGO manuka honey is different than other manuka honey products?
What are the benefits of manuka honey in general - does it help with any particular ailments, especially those that generally occur in winter?
Manuka Honey, unique to New Zealand, has incredible and reliable health-giving properties and can be used as a natural remedy to assist with an array of health conditions. Manuka Honey works against a wide range of bacteria including the causes of stomach ulcers, sore throats and wound infections. This honey has also been proven to be effective in helping the natural healing of skin ulcer, burns, boils and cracked skin.
Through Professor Henle’s research he recommends a minimum of 100mg/kg to have therapeutic health benefits helping to sooth dry, irritated throats, coughs, mouth ulcers and applied topically for dry skin, which is especially beneficial during the winter months. With a minimum of 400mg/kg (MGO™ 400+ and MGO™ 550+) being beneficial against sore throats and bronchitis.
Why Manuka Health manuka honey is it different than other manuka honey products?
Manuka Health was the first company in the world to introduce science-based, robust, easy to understand MGO™ Manuka Honey rating system.
In 2005, Professor Henle’s student at the Institute of Food Chemistry at the Technical University in Dresden, Germany discovered very high levels of naturally occurring Methylglyoxal in Manuka honey are responsible for its unique reliable antibacterial activity. This discovery was a milestone and a breakthrough in the industry. In 2008, Manuka Health established the MGO™ Manuka Honey Certification System, which was the first rating system based on the Methylglyoxal content of the honey. Methylglyoxal is now accepted by all the scientists around the world and acknowledged by the New Zealand government as the main key ingredient in Manuka honey that sets it apart from other honeys.
Each Manuka Health MGO™ Manuka Honey product is tested and certified to contain a minimum level of methylglyoxal, ranging from 30mg/kg to 550mg/kg in our highest grade MGO™ 550+ Manuka Honey.
For example, MGO™ 100+ contains 100mg of methylglyoxal per kg of manuka honey, 250+ contains 250mg of methylglyoxal per kg of manuka honey and so on for 400+ and 550+. The higher the Methylglyoxal content of MGO™ Manuka Honey, the stronger the antibacterial activity.