Testing Manuka Honey
At Nelson Honey we test all our Manuka Honey to ensure that that it is authentic and meets our quality standards and the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) regulations. We use 10 different independent tests to help us determine it is true, quality manuka honey and to determine its activity and origin.
How to Choose a Manuka Honey
When choosing your Manuka Honey you should consider two things:
- That it is tested according to New Zealand MPI regulations to ensure it is authentic manuka honey from a reputable supplier.
- Decide on what level of rating best suits your needs.
What does MGO mean?
MGO or methylglyoxal is the natural compound that is responsible for the special unique activity that is found in Manuka Honey. Good manuka honey suppliers and beekeepers measure this to assess the level of activity. However, the activity can be reflected in different ways which can make it confusing.
Here at Nelson Honey we keep it simple and only refer to the MGO activity (Methylglyoxal) as this compound is used as measure by all rating systems. It will be indicated on the front of the label as a number.
MGO vs UMF
To help you convert to other activity ratings we have developed a helpful to tool that will show approximate conversions.
Is MGO important?
Manuka Honey is well renowned for its special activity which sets it apart from other honeys. MGO (Methylglyoxal) is a key measure of this special activity. It is this activity that has been heavily researched and found to have special benefits. Many consumers use it to support everyday good health and wellbeing needs.
Choosing a Manuka Honey with a MGO activity rating is helpful. If you are using manuka honey to support good health we believe choosing a good quality authentic manuka honey that has been independently tested as Manuka Honey, is as important as activity. If you are eating or using your Manuka Honey in health drinks or adding it to food, we recommend all our MGO rated manuka honeys as they are ideal for everyday wellbeing needs.
For further information we suggest consumers carry out their own independent study into the research around Manuka Honey. There are a number of very good university directed research documents and published scientific articles supporting the benefits of Manuka Honey.