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 What is mānuka honey? 

Manuka honey is a monofloral honey produced from the nectar of Manuka flowers. Industrious honeybees extract rich Manuka nectar from Manuka flowers for anywhere between 6-12 weeks a year and, from the nectar, they make MGO-rich Manuka honey. People often use Manuka honey for medicinal purposes.

Manuka Honey FAQs

What is mānuka honey?


Manuka honey is a monofloral honey produced from the nectar of Manuka flowers. Industrious honeybees extract rich Manuka nectar from Manuka flowers for anywhere between 6-12 weeks a year and, from the nectar, they make MGO-rich Manuka honey. People often use Manuka honey for medicinal purposes.




What is MGO?


MGO stands for methylglyoxal. It’s a natural antibacterial compound found in extraordinarily high levels in Manuka honey. Scientists believe MGO is what makes Manuka honey bioactive, ie, capable of influencing our molecular biology.




Is there a limit on how much Manuka honey I can eat?


It depends! There’s usually no limit on how much Manuka honey you can eat, but if you have diabetes, it’s worth talking to your doctor before adding Manuka honey to your diet. Manuka honey’s natural sugars are great for energy production... but that also means they can spike in your blood sugar levels. Also, if you’re allergic to honey, take care. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to use Manuka honey without triggering an allergic reaction. Be sure to consult your doctor before doing so.




Can you add synthetic  methylglyoxal (MGO) to honey?


It’s against New Zealand laws to add anything to honey. The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and New Zealand Food Standards are great when it comes to keeping genuine New Zealand mānuka honey pure. In fact, in 2019, New Zealand Food Safety successfully prosecuted Evergreen Life Ltd for adding synthetic MGO and DHA (a substance converted to MGO in honey) to honey products.




Can Manuka honey go bad?


Pure Manuka honey has a long shelf life. In fact, when stored correctly, Helena Health Manuka honey has a shelf life of several years.




Unique nutritional properties


Compared to everyday honey, genuine Manuka honey contains extraordinarily high MGO levels, which studies suggest account for Manuka honey’s remarkable antibacterial properties





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