Manuka honey, one of the trademark items of New Zealand known for their quality products and clean environment, is collected by bees which draws on the nectar of the manuka tree. Manuka honey is generally use for general health and as an alternative medicine.
Manuka honey contains a higher level of enzymes than regular honey, which serves an antibacterial purpose. Not all manuka honey are of the same strength, and hence the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) system is implemented to mark the strength of each batch of manuka honey, The higher the UMF, the higher the concentration of enzymes and antibacterial properties.
In layman’s terms, manuka honey is known to treat gastric problems and acid reflux, reduce inflammation of the digestive system, improve vitaity and boosting immune system. The common UMF grades for manuka honey are: UMF5+, UMF10+, UMF15+ and UMF20+.
A bottle of manuka honey may look like this:
Manuka honey manufacturers are required to register and have a licence number with the UMF Honey Association. This licence number is supposed to be printed on the products. An example can be seen below.
We can see from the picture that the licence number for this brand of honey is 1015.
Due to the many beneficial properties of manuka honey and their limited supply, as manuka flower is found only in New Zealand, prices for manuka honey are generally more expensive than regular honey. However, one can be sure that the money spent on one bottle of manuka honey is better worth it than the many bottles of regular honey.
For general health and body maintenance, UMF10+ manuka honey is recommended. Do take note that UMF15+ and UMF20+ manuka honey are for people with moderately serious to serious health issues especially gastric problems, and should not be taken if you are healthy. The enzymes and components of the manuka honey will be too much for a healthy person’s body to take.
If you are living in Singapore, and would like to try one bottle out, you may wish to refer to our website where we are currently selling below New Zealand retail prices.