UMF - MGO - Active!!
What's the Difference?
What is UMF™?
The UMF™ (Unique Manuka Factor) grading system measures three unique signature compounds – Leptosperin, DHA, MGO - that science has proven to be found in genuine Mānuka honey from New Zealand. The UMF™ quality trademark shows that a product has been tested by an independent laboratory which has confirmed it contains these signature compounds.
The UMF™ quality trade mark is licensed to be used only on UMFHA members’ products. Consumers who buy UMF™ Mānuka honey can be assured of its purity and quality.
What do the different levels mean?
10+, 15+, 20 +? What do they mean you may ask. It’s the strength of the Leptosperin, DHA and MGO within the honey. This level will have been tested in a laboratory to determine what number should be put on the label. Quite simply, the higher the number the more of these properties are within the honey, i.e. the faster and more effective the Manuka Honey will be. Anything under 10+ is considered to be non therapeutic, so if you have a specific problem you need to tabkle, either internal or external, you need to get a high number: 15+ is good, 20+ is excellent.
What is ‘Active’ honey?
In short ALL honey is active! It means that the honey has some kind of peroxide activity, which all do in one way or another. There are no laws governing the use of putting “Active” on a jar. I could go buy some honey and put any label I like on it, I could call it “Active 15+” and sell it for 200% profit, there is no one to tell me I can not do it, no regulations or governing bodies to control this type of wording – SO BEWARE and check to make sure you are buying the honey you actually want! You may even find a label that states “Manuka Active 20+”, you often find these in supermarkets, this just means there is SOME manuka honey in there, but mixed with other floral honey.
What is MGO?
MGO is short for a substance called Methylglyoxal – an organic substance found in Manuka Honey that has a part to play in the Honey's antibacterial properties, This study gained results that showed the MGO was part of the Unique Manuka Factor, but once removed, the honey still retained its antibacterial qualities, so it is only a small part of the healing nature of Manuka Honey. You may now be asking: “So what’s the point of MGO? Is there any way I can tell I'm getting genuine Manuka Honey?” Yes there is! Buy UMF™ honey!!