Manuka honey is made in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium), native only to New Zealand & Southeast Australia.  The unique medicinal attributes of Manuka honey are unlike anything else found in nature, unable to be replicated by any other honey or natural products .

In order to guarantee the authenticity of Manuka honey, a Unique Manuka Factor (UMF®) rating is applied.  The UMF® rating corresponds to the potency of its desirable non-peroxide antibacterial (NPA) compounds.  The higher the UMF® rating, the higher the level of NPA compounds.  For reference, manuka honey requires a minimum rating of UMF® 10+ to be considered suitable for medical uses and therapeutic for the skin.

Benefits of UMF® Manuka Honey

With effective antibacterial properties, Manuka honey has even been dubbed medicinal honey.  UMF® Manuka honey can be used to support treatment of infections, open wounds, sore throats, as well as used in a wide range of preventative circumstances.   

The major antibacterial compound found in UMF™ honey is methylglyoxal (MG).  While found in low level kinds of honey, Manuka UMF® honey has a much higher concentration of the compound thanks to the unique composition of the manuka flower and the nectar it produces. Basically, the higher MG means that Manuka honey has a potentially greater antibacterial effect.

Buying UMF® Manuka Honey in the United States

If you’re looking to buy UMF® Manuka honey in the United States, or anywhere else across the globe, we offer a full range of premium products for you to choose from.  Sign up to the Manuka South® newsletter and we’ll even send you a code entitling you to 10% off your first order.

If you have any questions about the UMF® rating of our products or Manuka honey itself, then don’t hesitate to contact us.  Our team of experts are always on hand to answer any queries and help share the benefit of New Zealand’s Manuka honey with the world.

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