Info: Available in Two Strengths; with one coming in Two Sizes
Manuka Honey from New Zealand has high concentrations of methylglyoxal, a unique naturally occurring antibacterial agent not found in any other honey (including many types billed as manuka). Research has shown methylglyoxal is effective against most forms of bacteria, including the very resistant Helicobacter pylori (the bacteria which causes most stomach ulcers) and Staphylococcus aureus. In addition to stomach ulcers and gastritis, its healing properties are also very effective in treating many challenging infections, acute conditions and chronic wounds.
Manuka honey can be used topically to treat skin ulcers, wounds, burns, sore throats, acne, eczema and cracked skin. These products from Manuka Health are also perfectly good as edible honey of course -- with a rich taste gleaned from the aromatic Manuka flowers which supply the nectar.
Two honey strengths are offered here: Gold, where each batch is certified through accredited laboratory tests to contain a minimum of 400 mg of methylglyoxal per kg; and Silver, where each batch contains a minimum of 250 mg of methylglyoxal per kg (or 3.75 mg per 15 g serving).
(The Platinum strength has been discontinued.)
Transcript of a Prior Video from Manuka Health
Interviewer: ...Well, New Zealand's Manuka honey is well loved and trusted all over the world for its superb taste and antibacterial properties. Let's find out more.
Thank you so much for having us here, Donna, to Manuka Health. I'm really interested to find out how the company came about and what it's all about.
Donna Coupland: Okay. Manuka Health was started in 2006 by our CEO Kerry Paul. He's always been extremely visionary when it comes to the natural health industry, and with the Manuka market, there have been some issues around the certification. It's very difficult for the consumer to understand. So we wanted to make it very clear for the consumer.
Now earlier in 2006, Professor Henle at the Technical University of Dresden discovered Methylglyoxal was the compound responsible for the antibacterial activity. Prior to this, there were various other rating systems, but always very hard to explain and quite ambiguous.
So what we did is we chose to register the trademark, MGO, and it means that we can now guarantee that the level of antibacterial activity is on our label. MGO400 means there's 400 mg per kg of Methylglyoxal in that particular batch of Manuka honey.
Now, we develop, we market, and we produce our own products, which helps us maintain control over quality, any quality issues we may have. All our batches are tested by our in-house laboratory, which is located here in Te Awamutu at our facility on Carlton Street with the productioners. So we feel that we're offering the consumer something clear, something concise, precise, easy to read, and they know that what they're buying off the shelf is the product they're paying for.
Interviewer: So, Donna, what is Methylglyoxal, and why is it good for us?
Donna: Methylglyoxal is a compound that is found naturally occurring in the Manuka honey, that is also found inside the body. However, the compound of Methylglyoxal that is in the Manuka honey is dietary Methylglyoxal. So it's broken down by the body, not performing the same function as the naturally occurring stuff within the body.
We always knew that there was something special about Manuka honey. No one knew what it was and no one knew why. Back in the early 70's, the farmers would feed it to their cows. They'd have hives on their farm that would produce Manuka honey. They didn't know what to do with it. They would feed it to the cows. The cows eating this Manuka honey never had any health issues. There was no bloating. There was no mastitis. They were just healthy, great cows and really good producers. So it was then that it was discovered that there was something quite special about New Zealand, native Manuka honey. We're very fortunate that it is native to New Zealand. No one else can produce the standard of Manuka that we produce here in this country.
Interviewer: The whole world seems to know about New Zealand's Manuka honey. What are they saying? What's the response?
Donna: Our export market is just so robust. Eighty percent of our sales go overseas. We export to more than 45 countries globally, and they have really taken onboard the natural health benefits of Manuka honey. I sometimes think maybe us Kiwis are a little bit reluctant to try the natural way, but the way that I look at it - and with my family also - you can only try. It's not going to do you any harm. We have a few very avid followers who swear by Manuka honey and are regulars here in our shop in Te Awamutu.
Interviewer: So what about for you personally, Donna? What do you use? What Manuka products do you use personally?
Donna: Me, I take MGO 400 as does my daughter. My daughter tends to just be for the coughs and colds, but I actually use it topically for her for eczema also, and I've just found it absolutely brilliant. As much as she hates the stickiness, it washes off easily, and it's just left her skin feeling brilliant.
Interviewer: Now, for New Zealanders that haven't caught on, what do you want to tell them?
Donna: Manuka honey is just amazing, along with all of the other products, the propolis products. I would just like to say if you want to come down and see us and have more explanation about what Manuka honey is, how it can help you, what propolis is, we're more than happy to share our story because we have just had such a passion for this product.
Interviewer: Chris, great to meet you. This is the distribution center of Manuka Health. Tell us what goes on here.
Chris Bowman: Well this is where the Manuka Health heart throbs really. We produce the end products from the beekeepers' drums of honey that we get delivered here on a daily and weekly basis. From there, they're distributed around 44+ countries throughout the world, basically all from this facility here in Te Awamutu. There's a lot of work going on. There are a lot of people employed here. A lot of quality checks and a lot of the products are actually taken from concept to finished product. So yeah, that's the crux of it all.
Interviewer: So Chris, what products do you create here?
Chris: Certainly. Anything that the beehive can create through its hardworking little bees in there we turn into something that can be used in the marketplace. Anything from the raw honey products right the way through to finished CycloPower products, where we're combining it with ingredients to make it a stronger element for human consumption. We've got toothpaste in there, we've got suckles, which are a big seller around the world, shortbread biscuits, Propolis capsules, tablets, royal jelly. Anything that little bee puts in its hive, we take it away and make it into a consumable product for the marketplace.
Interviewer: Why do you think they're becoming so popular? I mean apart from the fact that we do want to get away from doctors' surgeries and antibiotics and all that kind of thing, why else? What makes them so valuable?
Chris: I think the natural side of things, like you say, getting away from the drugs and the chemicals and the formulas that are around there, and then taking something that you enjoy and get a benefit from as well. The flavours are there and the taste is there, and at the end of the day, they're doing you good. That sort of rolls on.
Interviewer: So how did you get involved, and why have you continued on with Manuka Health?
Chris: We started in a small shed on the other side of town some four years ago. Two and a half years ago we needed to expand into a bigger premises, and this is the sort of starting place. Moving forwards, we're looking at a new 12,000 square meter section where we're building a new plant very shortly.
Interviewer: What particular products do you use personally?
Chris: I take them all. I'm the guinea pig in a way for the company. I certainly use the anti-inflammatory benefits of the bee venom and glucosamine, you know the old joints take a little bit of sorting out now and again.
Interviewer: The toothpaste sounds like an interesting product. I'm not quite sure that I understand how toothpaste can actually help your teeth. Explain that to us.
Chris: Due to the Methylglyoxal in the honey and the antibacterial effect within the mouth, it certainly has a big effect on the plaque and things in there.
100% pure, non-GMO, raw (unpasteurized), active Manuka Honey, in strengths of:
MGO 250 or 3.75 mg per 15 g tablespoon serving for the Silver type; and,
MGO 400 or 6 mg per 15 mg tablespoon for the Gold type.
Contains no additives, preservatives, or gluten.
Take 1 teaspoon (5g) 30 minutes before meals 3 times daily. Increase if necessary. Not suitable for infants under 12 months.