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Benefits of Mānuka Honey



Mānuka Honey’s Natural Ingredients

Mānuka is a New Zealand native plant with a beautiful, sweet-smelling flower. Honeybees collect nectar from these flowers and use it to produce delicious Mānuka honey. When eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet, high-quality Mānuka honey has a myriad of amazing benefits for your immune system, skin health, and much more.

Antiviral Properties 

Studies have found that Mānuka honey can help you to fight the flu and various other viruses. Mānuka honey can also benefit your health by helping to stimulate immune-boosting cell production. Adding a tablespoon of our honey to your daily cup of tea can help to boost your immune system, in turn helping your body fight viruses.


Antibacterial Properties

Mānuka honey has strong antibacterial properties that can help stop harmful bacteria in its tracks by literally dehydrating the bacterial microbes. There are no known strains that can resist these effects, which makes Mānuka honey so affective. Mānuka honey can be used to soothe a sore throat and help your body fight the pain-causing bacteria.


Antimicrobial Properties

Mānuka honey has antimicrobial properties which can help fight wound infections, acne, and other skin problems. Microbial is a microorganism characteristic that can cause infections and disease, so of course antimicrobial means to help fight these. Applying Mānuka honey to cuts, rashes and wounds can help prevent infection and potentially speed up healing time. Honey also makes for a great ingredient in a homemade face mask!


Mānuka Honey for Wound Care

Mānuka honey can be used to dress and treat minor scrapes and cuts to promote rapid healing. The anti-bacterial benefits of Mānuka honey help to fight against infection. Studies have found that Mānuka honey applied to chronic wounds can reduce pH levels and decrease wound size.


Benefits of Mānuka Honey on Skin 

Acne caused by bacteria is no challenge for the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of Mānuka honey. Applying Mānuka honey directly on your skin as a face mask helps to balance pH levels and provide a healthy, moisturised glow. Mānuka honey may additionally soothe other skin conditions such as eczema or other rashes.


Dental Care

Known oral health benefits of Mānuka honey include reduction of gum inflammation and plaque. When used as a mouthwash, Mānuka honey can reduce the presence of bad bacteria without removing the bacteria that work to keep your teeth healthy. This cleansing process helps to reduce the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay and plaque buildup. 


Digestion Benefits 

Mānuka honey’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can also be beneficial for your digestion. Benefits of eating Mānuka honey, even just one to two tablespoons a day, include relief for problems such as bloating, stomach discomfort and cramps.


Mānuka Honey – the Ultimate Energy Booster

The natural sweetness of pure Mānuka honey acts as a natural energy boost. The glucose and fructose in Mānuka honey provides both fast-acting and slow-releasing energy. For this reason, a teaspoon of honey is a great supplement for workout recovery or to combat that dreaded 3 pm slump.


MGO vs UMF®- What’s the Difference?

While the terms UMF® (Unique Mānuka Factor) and MGO may first seem confusing, understanding them can help you buy the best quality honey for you and your family.


MGO - Methylglyoxal, a component that’s responsible for the antibacterial benefits of Mānuka honey. High levels of MGO (and in turn a good UMF® rating) in Mānuka honey are linked to greater health benefits.


UMF® rating - Our system and explains the quality of Mānuka honey based on exclusive characteristics, one of these being MGO. UMF® is a certification provided by the Honey Association of New Zealand. It guarantees the quality, purity and authenticity of Mānuka honey based on the presence of MGO and other important properties. Choosing a product with a higher UMF® rating ensures that you will get maximum health benefits. See our blog for more.


Here at Happy Valley, we provide a variety of lovingly produced, top-quality Mānuka honey rated with the grades UMF 5+, UMF 10+, UMF 15+, UMF 18+ and UMF 20+. Shop our New Zealand honey today to enjoy a natural health boost that tastes amazing.


How to know your Mānuka honey is Genuine

Checklist to Identify Genuine UMF® Mānuka Honey

Genuine UMF® Mānuka Honey must comply with all six of the following criteria:

  • It has the quality trademark UMF® clearly stated on the front label
  • It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand
  • It is from a New Zealand company licensed to use the quality trademark UMF®
  • It has the UMF® Licensee's brand name and licence number on the front label
  • It has a rating number alongside the trademark UMF®. A number on its own or without the trademark UMF® does not identify genuine UMF® Mānuka Honey
  • It must have a minimum level of Leptosperin & MGO to be graded UMF®

    What Do the Numbers Mean?

    To receive a UMF® grading, a honey must have the presence of DHA (dihydroxyacetone), Methylglyoxal and Leptosperin. The UMF® rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Mānuka honey and assures purity & quality.


    Methylglyoxal (MGO) Level

    UMF® Grade

    ≥83 mg/kg


    ≥263 mg/kg


    ≥514 mg/kg


    ≥696 mg/kg


    ≥829 mg/kg


    ≥1122 mg/kg


    ≥1200 mg/kg


    ≥1282 mg/kg




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