Manuka honey is a unique and highly valued honey sourced from the nectar of the Manuka bush (Leptospermum scoparium), native to New Zealand and Australia. It has gained worldwide attention for its remarkable antibacterial properties. With various UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) and MGO (Methylglyoxal) ratings available in the market, choosing the right Manuka honey can be challenging. In this article, we will explore the different Manuka honey grades – UMF 20+, UMF 10+, and UMF 15+ – and help you make an informed decision based on your needs.
The UMF™ grading system is the golden standard for New Zealand Manuka honey. It’s the most reliable rating system used to distinguish authentic Manuka honey from bogus products flooding supermarket shelves.
Understanding the UMF and MGO Rating Systems:
The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) grading system and MGO rating measure the levels of three signature compounds found in Manuka honey: Leptosperin, DHA (dihydroxyacetone), and Methylglyoxal (MGO). These compounds are responsible for the honey’s antibacterial activity, potency, and quality. The higher the UMF and MGO ratings, the stronger the health benefits of Manuka honey.
An MGO rating alone isn’t enough. The UMF grading system (as set out by the UMHFA) considers 4 different factors in determining Manuka honey’s UMF rating. You can find out more about the UMF grading system here.
How to Choose the Right Manuka Honey
Decide what your primary goal is. What are you hoping to achieve by using Manuka honey?
You can use the guidelines below to help you make an informed decision. Once you’re ready to experience nature’s miracle, check out our store and select your potency. We’ll deliver within 2-7 working days, depending on which option you choose. A tracking link will be provided. You can read more about our shipping and delivery options here.
UMF 10+ Manuka Honey:
A UMF rating of 10+ indicates that the raw Manuka honey has a good level of antibacterial activity. This grade of Manuka honey is suitable for everyday use and general health maintenance. Some of the potential health benefits of UMF 10+ Manuka honey include:
- Boosting the immune system.
- Aiding digestion and gut health.
- Providing natural energy and antioxidants.
- Enhancing skin health.
UMF 15+ Manuka Honey:
UMF 15+ Manuka honey is considered to have a high level of antibacterial activity, making it more potent than UMF 10+ honey. This grade is ideal for those who seek additional health benefits or have specific health concerns. Some potential benefits of UMF 15+ Manuka honey include:
- Supporting wound healing and tissue repair.
- Helping to alleviate symptoms of cold and flu.
- Providing relief from acid reflux and gastritis.
- Assisting in the treatment of acne and other skin conditions.
UMF 20+ Manuka Honey:
UMF 20+ Manuka honey has the highest antibacterial potency (within the WildCape range) and is considered a premium grade. This honey is best suited for individuals with severe health issues or those looking for maximum therapeutic benefits. Some potential uses and benefits of UMF 20+ Manuka honey include:
- Accelerating the healing process of burns, ulcers, and severe wounds.
- Combatting antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.
- Reducing inflammation and pain associated with chronic conditions.
- Providing potent immune support for people with compromised immunity.
Which Manuka Honey Is Best for Me?
Choosing the best Manuka honey for you depends on your individual needs and health goals. UMF 10+ is suitable for everyday use and general well-being, while UMF 15+ and UMF 20+ provide more potent health benefits for specific concerns or severe conditions. When buying Manuka honey, look for a UMF and MGO rating, which indicates the quality and potency of the honey. It’s always a good idea to ensure that the Manuka honey is genuine, made in New Zealand or Australia, and independently tested for quality assurance. Before incorporating Manuka honey into your daily routine or using it for medicinal purposes, consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate UMF rating for your needs.