The Science of Manuka Honey
History of Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey was always considered as just another type of honey, until Dr Peter Molan of the Waikato University in New Zealand discovered that it had a very unique anti-bacterial property. This is because normal honey has a natural mild hydrogen peroxide antiseptic that loses its efficacy in sunlight and heat.
Manuka Honey on the other hand, contains another property (non-peroxide activity) that is more potent and stable than hydrogen peroxide. Professor Thomas Henle at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany discovered that this unique property was due to a particular compound in the honey called methylglyoxal (MGO) that is now considered to be a chemical marker of Manuka Honey.
What does MGO mean?
Manuka Honey MGO rating (that measures its bioactive strength) is measured in ppm (parts per million). The most potent sources of Manuka Honey have an MGO of 100+.
We test every batch of Hab Shifa Manuka Honey to ensure that it achieves scores of at least MGO 100 – giving our customers a product that is high in bioactives.
Why choose Hab Shifa?
Our honey is produced in Australia by Australian native bees, the honey is produced from the pollen of the Manuka flower. Once the bees have created the honey, it is lovingly collected by hand like it has been done for centuries. The honey is then placed in recyclable jars with nothing but incredible and pure Manuka Honey ready for your consumption.
Hab Shifa honey is all tested to ensure that they have an MGO score of over 100, leading to the greatest health benefits for our happy and healthy customers.
The benefits of Manuka Honey
Whilst Manuka Honey is undeniably delicious, that is not why it is so famous. Manuka Honey has incredible anti-bacterial properties well established to help in wound healing and as being effective against MRSA.
Manuka Honey is also used to soothe sore throats, help treat gingivitis and help protect against the common cold. Manuka Honey can be used to help treat gastrointestinal issues such as indigestion, reflux, gastric ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome.