Manuka honey is one of the most looked up words online when it comes to honey. Many people have heard of the great health benefits of this Manuka honey, but got no idea what it actually is and where it comes from.
Even less people know that there is a lot of fraud going on and companies use the name to sell lesser quality honey under the name Manuka.
There are grades of Manuka honey and if you do not know what grade to buy you end up paying a lot of money for a regular quality honey that you could have bought a lot cheaper at your local beekeeper.
In this article I will explain all there is to know about the New Zealand Manuka honey, because I think that is the best Manuka honey available.
What is Manuka honey? / Fraud with Manuka honey / Real or fake / Look at the label / UMF standards / Benefits of Manuka honey / Where to buy / Manukora brand / Comfita brand / Happy valley brand / Dr. Axe video
what is Manuka honey
Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and south eastern Australia. The bees that were introduced from Europe to this area and pollinate the Manuka bush and this makes one of the most beneficial and maybe most powerful honey’s in the world.
To be labeled New Zealand Manuka honey it must contains at least 70% pollen from this Manuka bush.
Fraud with Manuka honey
Like any high priced and popular brand there are people who will take advantage of it and try to sell honey under the name Manuka that is not Manuka just to make a profit.
A method called Melissopalynology is used to determine the pollen content and this method is used all over the world to avoid fraud.
How to determine real from fake Manuka
There are other ways to find out if it is real or counterfeit or adulterated.
The simplest ways to determine if the Manuka honey is to look at the UMF standard.
UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor and this is a global standard to identify and measure the antibacterial power of Manuka.
There are two things to help you find the real deal.
This label proves that it is genuine Manuka honey if it contains:
- UMF trademark
- Is from New Zealand
- UMF company name and license number on it
- UMF rating number of 5 to 16+ on it
UMF rating number on the label
This number is a grading system and will ensure purity and quality.
It includes the key ingredients in the Manuka honey.
You can read all about the grading system here: http://www.umf.org.nz/grading-system-explained/
These levels and ratings are an indication of the beneficial levels of antibacterial activity.
- 0-4 is considered non therapeutic
- 4-9 Compared to general honey
- 10-14 Supports natural healing and bacterial life
- 15 and higher is the best quality
grade 15+ should not be taken more than a table spoon at a time.
Here is a link to all the UMF members in New Zealand. http://www.umf.org.nz/umf-members/
Proven benefits of Manuka honey
This is where Manuka honey differs from regular honey. The nutritional benefits of regular raw honey is already great. You can read our article on that here. But Manuka honey contains 4 times higher levels of:
Amino acids, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.
This is called UMF or Unique Manuka Factor.
I did some research and many people on the internet type in their search engine.
Where to buy Manuka honey
This is one of the most asked questions when it come to Manuka Honey. Although you can maybe find it in your local health store it is still the question if you buy the real deal, unless you spend the time I did on finding the certified brands.
I suggest to use the internet to purchase your Manuka honey. It is easier to do research on a brand and it is my experience that larger brands are not easy to find in a regular store, but easy on large sites like Amazon.
Here are the top 3 brands I found on Amazon that are member of the UMF and have a license. I found the 15+ ratings since they have the most beneficial ingredients.
Manu kora UMF 15+ Manuka honey
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Manuka is one of the certified companies to sell real New Zealand Manuka honey.
The price is a little steep, but this is the recommended 15+ rating to have the most benefits from using Manuka honey.
Remember not to use more than a table spoon at a time. this is a real potent honey.
Click here to find the price for the ManuKora Manuka honeye on Amazon
Comfita UMF 15+ New Zealand honey
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Comfita is the second brand we found and it fits all the criteria mentioned in our article. Again we only looked at the +15 grade to ensure the best quality and our advise is not to go under 10+. Remember our warning no to take more than a table spoon at one time.
Click here to find the price for the Comfita Manuka honeye on Amazon
Happy Valley UMF 15+ Manuka honey
Happy Valley is the next company we recommend and is a certified supplier of Manuka honey for the United States. Again we would like to tell you that the price is high, but compared to regular or even raw honey from a local bee keeper in your area the health benefits are enormously better.
Click here to find the price for the Happy Valley Manuka honeye on Amazon
Video about all the benefits of Manuka honey
I will keep doing more research and try to find more stores and certified brands.
In that way I will prevent you and me from spending money on not certified Manuka honey.
If you know anybody that bought a “fake” brand warn them about this and lets make sure we all buy the real thing to ensure all the benefits.