Interesting facts about the most useful manukah honey.

Interesting facts about the most useful manukah honey.

Honey from Manuka or Manuka honey is not just an exclusive business card of New Zealand, but also the most useful honey on earth. Manuka honey is harvested from the flowers of the wild manuka tea bush, the healing properties of which were used by the ancient Maori tribes.

Translated from Maori Manuka - this is a good mood, vigor, enthusiasm. Despite the fact that the first colonists of New Zealand noticed that the local population successfully uses manuka for various burns, cuts and dermatitis, scientific research on the antibacterial properties of manuka honey began only 30 years ago, and as a result, the incredible ability of honey to destroy bacteria like super-medicine was discovered Staphylococcus aureus, which are very dangerous due to their high resistance to various types of antibiotics.

In addition, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties of manuka honey were established.

This unique ability of manuka honey is due to the presence in it of a special-substance of natural origin called methylglyoxal or MGO, which ranges from 100 to 1000 mg / kg and makes it an extremely powerful drug. For example, in other types of honey MGO contains from 0 to 10 mg / kg. The higher the concentration of methylglyoxal, the stronger the antibacterial qualities of Manuka honey and the greater the benefit from Manuka Honey.

The mechanism of action of MGO honey on Staphylococcus aureus can be considered on the example of a single human cell. If Staphylococcus aureus enters the cell, then it begins to feed on its nutrients, it multiplies and starts eating the nutrients of the neighbor's cell.

Methylglyoxal or MGO honey penetrates the affected cell and evaporates all moisture from this cell, depriving the nutrient medium of the harmful staphylococcus, causing it to die, and the cell restores its water balance and recovers. Thus, the healing power of manuka honey is measured in MGO, but not every manuka honey has the same amount of methylglyoxal.

Depending on the content of this substance in honey, it is distinguished by the degree of activity or by UMF (unique manuka factor), which determines the content of MGO in milligrams per kilogram of honey.

Honey has healing properties with some (MGO 100+, 10+), high (MGO 250+, UMF 15+), superior (MGO 400+, UMF 20+) and superactive (MGO 550+, UMF 25+) activity indicators. Manuka honey with indicators of 30+ MGO or 5+ UMF is considered common food honey with zero bactericidal effect.

Manuka honey with the highest activity rate of MGO 400+, UMF 20+ can be used to treat rhinitis and sore throats, stomach ulcers, dermatitis, burns, wounds, rashes, acne, bedsores, furunculosis, trophic ulcers and even hangover. Superactive honey with indicators MG 550+, UMF25 + is suitable for the treatment of infected wounds.


Manuka honey is also suitable for internal use, but in this case it is necessary to take into account the individual reaction. In those and other cases, a consultation with a doctor should be performed in advance.