HONEY HONEY….

 

MANUKA? NPA? UMF? MGO?

 

What are we measuring?

 

      MANUKA:           Maori common name for a species commonly referred to in Australia as Teatree                                                                                             and is widely distributed in Australia & NZ

 

MANUKA HONEY is not unique for bio-activity

 

      NPA:                           Non Peroxide Antibacterial Activity (NPA) of honey is a scientific scale

 

      UMF:                            The UMF Unique Manuka Factor is a New Zealand trademark scale

 

The test used to determine UMF is the NPA test

      MGO:                Many species of plant nectars and pollens produce honey with Methylglyoxal (MGO).                                                                                        The higher MGO level the higher the NPA:

 

NPA 10+ = MGO 250 = UMF 10+

NPA 20+ = MGO 830 = UMF 20+

NPA 25+ = MGO 600 = UMF 25+

NPA 30+ = MGO 900 = UMF 30+

 

Pure raw honeys would normally have a NPA or MGO of at least NPA 10+ or MGO 250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared by Backyard Honey Pty Ltd. Sept 2018

Sources: www.backyardhoney.com.au www.anbg.gov.au/leptospermum/ www.manukahoneyorganic.com/what-is-umf/

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