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Manuka Health MGO Manuka Honey

What makes MGO™ Manuka Honey so special

New Zealand Manuka Honey is renowned throughout the world as one of nature’s most prized foods.

In 2008, Professor Thomas Henle of University of Dresden, Germany found that it is  Methylglyoxal (MGO) that gives Manuka honey its unique antibacterial properties. Methylglyoxal is only found in high levels in some manuka honey and is a compound found in the pollen of the Manuka tree’s flowers which has a short flowering period. This makes the placement of hives and the timing of the harvest crucial. If done correctly, the Methylglyoxal present in the manuka honey will be much higher.

In contrast, other honeys tested worldwide have low levels of methylglyoxal, ranging between 0 to 5mg/kg.

MGOTM Manuka Honey – A Science-Based Quality System

Manuka Health was the first company in the world to certify manuka honey according to methylglyoxal content.


Not all Manuka Honey is equal

It is important to know that the level of methylglyoxal can vary greatly in manuka honey, so you want to be sure you know what you are getting.

That is why Manuka Health test and certify every batch of MGOTM Manuka Honey to guarantee the level of methylglyoxal present, as indicated on the label.


Advantages of MGO™ Manuka Honey Grading System


Precise and reliable MGO™ Manuka Honey Quality System is based on the ground-breaking scientific research of German scientist Dr Thomas Henle, Technical University of Dresden.


Every batch of MGO™ Manuka Honey is tested and certified, guaranteeing the minimum level of methylglyoxal as clearly indicated on the label.

Easy to Understand

MGO™ 400+ Manuka Honey means there is at least 400mg methylglyoxal per kg of Manuka honey in the product.


Quality Assurance you can trust

Each batch of  Manuka Honey is rigorously tested to ensure quality and purity, then carefully packed in their specialised honey facility in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

Sustainably sourced from beehives in remote and pristine areas of New Zealand, every batch of MGOTM Manuka Honey is fully traceable from beekeeper to shelf.

Great care is taken to protect the natural properties of the honey, with temperatures in the processing plant similar to the natural temperature of the beehive.

How does UMF and MGO compare?

UMF and MGO measure the strength of Manuka honey in different ways, but there is a relationship between the level of Methylglyoxal and the Non Peroxide Activity, as measured by the UMF. 

MGO 30+ = UMF 5+

MGO 100+ = UMF 10+

MGO 250+ = UMF 15+

MGO 400+ = UMF 20+

MGO 550+ = UMF 25+

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