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MGO and UMF

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What is MGO?

Methylglyoxal, the natural compound that makes Manuka honey special, its like the magic ingredient with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The quantifiable measurement obtained from the laboratory.

The antibacterial properties of honey are provided by hydrogen peroxide. In normal honey the hydrogen peroxide breaks down and the antibacterial properties are lost. Due to the compound MGO, the anti-bacterial activity remains even after the hydrogen peroxide has disappeared.

The NPA results in Manuka honey with the presence of MGO are then converted into The higher MGO or higher the number, the better the health benefits and antibacterial properties are.
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what is NPA

non-peroxide activity of honey

NPA means non-peroxide activity of honey. This is what gives manuka honey its special antiseptic properties. MGO has the antibacterial effect and is not destroyed under the influence of light, heat or body fluids. That’s why honey saves its antiseptic properties even after hydrogen peroxide is neutralized.

The idea of the rating shows the antimicrobial effect that the product has compared to the effect of phenol solution. For example, NPA 10+ means that honey has the same effect on bacteria as a 10% phenol solution.

What is peroxide activity

Honey produces hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial substance that is sold in pharmacies. It is made naturally in honey by an enzyme called glucose oxidase, which is added to the plant nectar by bees.

Glucose oxidase is not active in full strength honey because of the honey’s high acidity. However, when the honey is diluted (for example by the release of body fluids from a wound) the honey becomes less acid, the enzyme becomes active, and hydrogen peroxide is produced. Thanks to this, honey can be used to inhibit minor infections. It doesn’t damage tissue when killing bacteria.

But the problem is that this compound is sensitive to light and heat. One more weak side is breaking down after contacting blood, saliva and serum. Due to this, antimicrobial properties are lost. 

diffrence in

Monofloral or Multifloral

Honey jars can either be “monofloral” or “multifloral”. This tells you whether the honey is made predominantly from nectar from the Mānuka bush (monofloral) or from a combination of Mānuka and other flowers (multifloral).

what is UMF

UMF (Unique Manuka Factor )

The label (UMF) claims that is certified. The number represents the unique compound of the honey which insures its purity and quality.

This rating is used the describe the strength between different jars of Manuka Honey produced. The UMF is tested and directly proportional to the methyglyoxal content and the honey’s corresponding antimicrobial effectiveness. UMF ranges from

10 to 25, the higher the rating the more potent. Manuka honey that scores UMF 10+ is considered potent enough for medicinal use.