Manuka Honey has been found to be effective in the treatment of ulcers, burns, skin wounds and as an anti-inflammatory to relieve pain.
- Manuka honey has an antibacterial component that sets it apart from other honeys. This activity is stable and doesn't lose its potency when exposed to dilution, heat or light.
- Manuka honey has been found to be effective against a range of bacteria including Helicobacter pylori (which causes most stomach ulcers); Escherichia coli (the most common cause of infected wounds) and Streptococcus pyogenes (which causes sore throats).
- Manuka honey is antimicrobial and antiviral. It is also an antioxidant that can help to increase vitality and immunity.
- Trials have indicated that manuka honey can heal wounds and skin ulcers that haven't responded to standard treatments7.
7 Molan, P., (2012) ‘Significant research outcomes from Honey Research at the University of Waikato,’University of Waikato, Biological Sciences
In recent years, there have been a number of symbols introduced into the market over that have been aimed to represent the antibacterial strength of Manuka. The overall strength of Manuka Honey can be specified by the universal ranking of UMF (Unique Manuka Factor), NPA (Non-Peroxide Activity) or MGO (Methylglyoxal).
What makes Manuka more potent than other varieties of honey is the high level of additional non-peroxide, antibacterial components, which are stronger than typical hydrogen peroxide types of honey. Only some honey sold as Manuka honey possess this non-peroxide type of antibacterial activity.
Methylglyoxal (MGO): More recent research has shown that one of the major components that is attributed to the unique antibacterial activity in Manuka honey is methylglyoxal (MGO) and this chemical marker is now used as an indicator of the strength of activity in Manuka honey.
MGO is measured in parts per million (ppm) and the NPA is measured as a percentage of phenol equivalent. The UMF® Association has established an official MGO and NPA/ UMF® convertor http://www.umf.org.nz/ umf-trademark/methylglyoxal-npa-honeyconversion-calculator.