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What is so special about Manuka honey?

July, 2022

Manuka honey is a rare honey that is entirely unique to New Zealand. It has long been celebrated for its extraordinary healing properties and is in demand all over the world. It is a dark, rich and lightly flavoured honey that in its true, verified form is known as monofloral honey – meaning that it only comes from a single flower.

The bees visit the native Manuka tree (leptospermum scoparium) when it is in flower which is just a few weeks in summer. 

To capture the nectar flow the beehives must be placed in the wild remote Manuka areas at just the right time, and conditions have to be just right – strong winds will blow the flowers from the plants, while the rain keeps the bees from venturing out of their hives. 

Making Manuka honey is a lot more challenging than common honeys like Clover which grows all year round in backyards everywhere!

The nectar from the Manuka tree results in the world’s most coveted monofloral honey that has impressively potent antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory health properties.

Research has proven the ability of Manuka honey to fight a huge range of bacteria and it can even destroy bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

Special honey properties revealed

Manuka honey caught the world’s attention when Biochemist, Dr Peter Molan discovered its highly unique properties in the 1980s. 

He showed that Manuka honey contains many highly distinctive attributes not found in any other honey in the world and it has been the subject of continued research ever since. 

Dr Molan founded the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in 1995 and has published many scientific papers about the medicinal and therapeutic properties of Manuka honey.

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MGO Manuka Honey Grading System

Before Dr Molan had discovered what was in Manuka honey that makes it so special, they used a rating system called UMF or Unique Manuka Factor. 

Upon the discovery of MGO – methylglyoxal – the potent, unique property that is responsible for many of the powerful health benefits, the honey grading system we use today.

Both MG and UMF are trusted Manuka honey grading systems and both measure MGO (methylglyoxal) content. Testing for MGO levels is important as they can vary greatly – not all Manuka honey is equal.

Top Benefits of Organic Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is a complex honey that goes far beyond a simple table honey. 

Manuka honey has been the focus of extensive scientific research, evidencing remarkable natural qualities that set it apart from other honeys. Here are just a few of the proven benefits of organic Manuka honey:

  1. Powerful treatment for wounds and burn healing
  2. Safely treat cold sores, mouth ulcers and gums
  3. Excellent treatment for burns, dermatitis and acne 
  4. Potent cold and flu remedy
  5. Helps to fight and reduce inflammation
  6. Robust antioxidant properties that will boost and protect your immune system
  7. Treatment of upper respiratory tract infections 
  8. Soothe and protect sore throats and chesty coughs
  9. Can reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  10. Treatment of gingivitis and promotes oral health

Organic Manuka Honey

Explore our range of premium organic Manuka honey products. Our Manuka honey is certified 100% organic, and 100% traceable to our organic and isolated beehives on South Island New Zealand’s remote West Coast.

Monofloral Honey

Organic Manuka Honey MG250+

Organic Manuka Honey MG350+

Organic Manuka Honey MG400+

Organic Manuka Honey MG550+

Organic Manuka Honey MG650+ Limited Release

Multifloral Honey

Our multifloral organic Manuka honey comes from honey harvested from our bees that have collected nectar from a blend of the sweet Manuka flower and other native New Zealand flowers.

Organic Manuka Multifloral Honey MG50+

Organic Manuka Multifloral Honey MG100+

Organic Manuka Multifloral Honey MG150+

Buy Organic Manuka Honey

You can buy any of our organic Manuka honey products online from our store – we ship worldwide. 

Find a jar of TranzAlpine Honey near you in New Zealand or anywhere else in the world.

If you are in the US, you can find our honey products in over 90 stores and counting nationwide.

You can also save up to 30% when you purchase an organic honey subscription – never run out of your favourite honey again!

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