Not all manuka honeys are equal. Its strength is determined by how the unique honey from New Zealand is sourced, harvested, and processed.
This may depend from region to region. As with wine the year also influences the quality (in this case the level of antibacterial activity).
How this activity is tested and by which standards the results are measured defines the trustworthiness of the label on the end product. Therefore it may not always be clear which brand and strength consumers could best purchase.
Watson and Son manuka honey carries the Molan Gold Standard™ which is a certification mark for rating the bioactivity. With bioactivity is meant the effects of a certain substance on living matter.
The Molan Gold Standard is a relative new rating system. The honey in jars with this label is guaranteed to be tested by a certified laboratory using the test method developed by Dr. Peter Molan at the Waikato University. The successor of the UMF rating system is designed to benefit customers.
Molan Gold Standard manuka honey comes from some of the most remote and unpolluted regions of New Zealand. The Watson and Son company, one of the largest manuka honey producers in New Zealand.
The Maori company has 15 thousand hives of their own spread over the country. This unlike other big companies who buy their honey from various other bee yards (apiaries).
Every step in the production chain, from the hive to market, can be managed to ensure the honey is of the highest standard. Watson & Son select each of their hive sites to make sure the honeybees will only draw from the very best manuka forest areas. Once chosen, each site is then government registered and identified with a GPS locator to ensure full traceability back to the hive.
Active manuka honey contains a plethora of healing properties, and can be very useful in treating many ailments. Below is a brief overview of the different ratings of Manuka honey, and their suggested uses:
Molan Gold Standard Manuka Honey Strengths Explained
- Active 10+ Certified Manuka: This is considered a Maintenance level honey. This rating works great for general immune system maintenance and the daily treatment of acid reflux, IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), and other digestive ailments.
- Active 15+ Certified Manuka: This is considered a Useful level honey. High antibacterial levels make this honey perfect for treating ulcers, sore throats (especially resistant strep throat), cold sores and more advanced cases of IBS, acid reflux and digestive ailments.
- Active 20+ Certified Manuka: This is considered a Superior level honey with very high activity. The most potent of our products, it is recommended for direct application to skin ulcers, pressure sores, and can be very effective against Staph infections, particularly MRSA.
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