Freeze-dried Pure New Zealand Manuka Honey certified UMF® rating 16+.
The UMF® Manuka Honey used for these capsules has been independently tested by a laboratory licensed by the Honey Research Unit of the University of Waikato and are imported direct from New Zealand in tubs of 300. It is a premium product with exceptional qualities and the excellent antibacterial strength of 16+ is one of the higher strengths available.
Even though most people think Manuka honey tastes great, some people just aren't partial to the taste of honey in general so, this is an excellent way of ensuring those people can still benefit from all the advantages of Pure Manuka Honey.
Each 500mg capsule contains 200mg of superior grade freeze-dried Manuka Honey, equivalent to 400mg of liquid honey. The capsules are produced from exactly the same honey as we sell in jars.
We recommend up to 3 x 500mg capsules, three times per day.
However, it largely comes down to some self judgement on how much to take and how often: more often for an immediate issue, less often if it is not so severe.
Honey and honey products must not be given to children under the age of 18 months. There are no reported problems of taking Manuka Honey during pregnancy. People with diabetes should check the suitability of manuka honey with their doctor or specialist.
To make the dry form of Manuka Honey, the process of Accelerated Freeze Drying (lyophilisation) is used. It is the same process that is used for high value pharmaceuticals as it is the gentlest drying method for biological materials. It operates at very high vacuum (very low pressure - less than 1mbar which is 1000th of atmospheric pressure) on the principle of operating below the eutectic point of water.
The low pressure changes the physical properties of water. At that pressure, water can only exist as a solid (ice) or a gas (water vapour). Gentle heat is applied (about 35 deg C) so that the product does melt but remains in frozen form as the water content is removed as vapour. Consequently, the cell structures - intracellular components and cell walls - are not damaged.
Not all Manuka Honey has UMF® (non peroxide) activity and this is differentiated by using the terms ‘UMF® Manuka’ and ‘Active Manuka’ honey. UMF® (Unique Manuka Factor) Manuka Honey contains hydrogen peroxide plus its own natural antibacterial properties. This unique, additional activity gives it the special antibacterial healing potency. The minimum qualification for using the name UMF® and to be suitable for therapeutic use is a UMF® 10 rating.
UMF® is an abbreviation which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.