Manuka HoneySaturday, October 13, 2012
What is UMF?UMF or Unique Manuka Factor, refers to the non peroxide antibacterial activity (NPA) found only in some strains of Manuka Honey, but not in all Manuka honey.
Types Of Manuka HoneyRegular Manuka honey contains an enzyme which produces hydrogen peroxide, this antiseptic, antibacterial property is common in most honeys.
UMF Manuka honey contains the hydrogen peroxide producing enzyme and the non peroxide activity, a more stable antibacterial property. Research shows these combined properties increase effectiveness.
Why Is UMF Not In All Manuka Honey?There are several variables being researched. But it is known that UMF is not in the nectar of all Manuka flowers and concentrations of UMF can vary from year to year and by batch.
What Do The Manuka Honey Numbers Mean?The UMF rating indicates and guarantees the strength of the Unique Manuka Factor property. This is the industry standard used to measure and rate the antibacterial strength. Since not all Manuka honey contains UMF, each batch of honey is tested to detect the presence and measure the level of UMF.
Ratings are as follows:
0-4: Not for therapeutic use
5-9: Increased vitality and immunity
10-15: High antibacterial activity
16 and over: Superior levels for therapeutic use.
LabelingThe labeling on Manuka honey can be confusing with companies using different rating systems, wording, and trademark terms. When in doubt, contact the company directly for a statement regarding their product.
"Active" ***More information is needed, as many sources are conflicting.
"TA" refers to Total Activity, predominantly peroxide activity.
"NPA" Non Peroxide Activity.
"UMF" The name coined by Dr Peter Molan for Non Peroxide Activity (NPA).
"MGO" or "MG" Methylglyoxal content, the antiseptic compound mostly responsible for NPA.
*Images: Manuka honey I'm currently testing. The Wedderspoon brand makes "Active" Manuka honey, I plan to try more Manuka honeys and compare for you soon.
I hope you found this article helpful. More information will be updated here soon. Plus more articles on how to use Manuka honey in your skin care regimen coming soon.