Is Manuka Honey Good?

Honey on Board, Source Pixabay, Dagny Walter
Honey on Board, Source Pixabay, Dagny Walter

Manuka Honey is the honey produced when bees visit the Manuka Bush which is native to Australia and New Zealand.  This special type of honey has a different anti-bacterial activity than regular honey. So Is Manuka Honey Good?  The answer is YES, ITS FANTASTIC.

Check, Source Pixabay, OpenClipart-Vectors
Check, Source Pixabay, OpenClipart-Vectors

But you MUST get the right sort of activity level in Manuka Honey in order for it to be most effective.

Why is that so?

People from all over the world are discovering the benefits of eating or wound healing using “Nature’s Superfood” and go-to healer for their Natural Medicine Cabinet. It is because of the unique healing powers of genuine Manuka Honey which is now sought after worldwide.

As a result of this some producers and marketers are being a bit “tricky” with their labeling. Consumers need to be informed regarding which Manuka Honey really is worth spending the extra money on.

No Money, Source Pixabay, 1820796
No Money, Source Pixabay, 1820796

This is the only way that consumers can be sure that the product they are getting is GENUINE MANUKA HONEY and therefore worth spending that bit extra on.


So to learn more about “Is Manuka Honey Good?” I can’t think of anyone else to better inform consumers of what to look out for when buying Genuine Manuka Honey other than Peter Molan. He (was) the Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Alternatively, to learn more about the amazing benefits of Manuka Honey, please click here.

Honey on Food Plate
Honey on Food Plate, Source Pixabay, StockSnap

What do you use when your family or friends have a cut or a wound at home? Have you ever eaten Manuka Honey before? Do you like the taste? Do you use honey on your oats and porridge in the morning?

I would really like to know your thoughts, comments, feedback or suggestions.

Please feel free to leave any comments in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

Video Title:  Why you need the Right Sort of Activity in Manuka Honey

Video Author: Professor Peter Molan Video Date: Published: February 6,  2016

Professor Peter Molan, Biological Sciences
Professor Peter Molan, Biological Sciences

Hi. I am Peter Molan and I am a Professor of Biological
Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand and it was here a bit over 30 years ago that we discovered that Manuka Honey has a very unusual type of anti-bacterial activity.

Now since then we have done a lot of research on Manuka Honey and it has become very famous. It is in use around the world in registered medical products for treating infected wounds.

But it’s because of this special type of anti-bacterial activity that it has become famous. In recent times people have started selling Manuka Honey with another type of activity which is just like any other sort of honey. Now I am going to take you up to the Lab, so that you can see WHY it matters which type of anti-bacterial activity you get.

Professor Peter Molan
Professor Peter Molan

Manuka Honey comes from bees collecting the nectar from Manuka Trees which are Native to New Zealand. When we started investigating the antibacterial activity of Manuka Honey. We found it was quite different
from the activity in other sorts of honey. In other honeys the antibacterial activity is due to hydrogen peroxide, which is a very well-known antiseptic.

It’s produced from an enzyme which the bees add to the nectar they collect. In Manuka Honey it is not. So we distinguished the type of antibacterial activity in Manuka Honey with the name “non-peroxide activity”. The term non-peroxide activity is often abbreviated to NPA.

Manuka Bush In Flower
Manuka Bush In Flower

When we tested a lot of samples of manuka honey, which beekeepers had sent in for our research work. We found that not all of them had this special type of non-peroxide activity.  So to distinguish the manuka honey samples which DID have that non-peroxide activity, we used the term “Active Manuka Honey”.

Unfortunately in more recent times, some people marketing Manuka honey are selling manuka honey which doesn’t have this special non-peroxide activity as “Active Manuka Honey” and this is confusing for consumers.

I will show you why it’s important to have the right sort of anti-bacterial activity in the Manuka Honey that you buy. The original “Active Manuka Honey”.

Professor Peter Molan In The Lab

If any of you have used Hydrogen Peroxide as an antiseptic on a cut, you will be familiar with the way it “fizzes” when you put it on. That is because your blood and all the cells of your body have an enzyme that breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. It’s the oxygen that gives the bubbles. Here is a demonstration of that.

Now I will put a drop of hydrogen peroxide on that blood and you will see how rapidly that fizzes up. How quickly the enzymes are breaking down the hydrogen peroxide.

NPA = Non Peroxide Activity
NPA = Non Peroxide Activity

That means that if you use ANY type of honey other than the original ACTIVE manuka honey, you will have the enzyme in your body destroying  the hydrogen peroxide activity. It’s important to check which TYPE of activity the marketer is referring to when they say, “Active Manuka Honey”.

Some of them say on the label, that it is “NPA = Non Peroxide Activity”. Some of them have that on their website. It is now known that Non-peroxide activity, NPA is due to a component of Manuka Honey known as Methylglyoxal. That is often abbreviated to MG or MGO.

MGO = Methylglyoxal
MGO = Methylglyoxal

And some honey will have the level of MGO on it to put on the label, which shows you that it is the original, Active Manuka Honey. Others don’t say what the activity is at all. Or sometimes they will use the term “Total Activity”, which is very misleading because it will almost ALWAYS be Hydrogen Peroxide Activity that is being referred to as “Total Activity”.

I will get our Senior Technical Officer in the Laboratory to do some tests on these honeys so you can see how they compare with each other.


  • A 10g quantity of each honey is weighed accurately.
  • 10 mls of water is added to make a solution of honey and water.
  • The solution is then further diluted so it can be measured onto the agar plates,
    upon which different bacteria are grown.
  • To some melted nutrient agar, a culture of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is added.
  • And the agar is then poured out onto a plate to set.
  • Holes are cut into the agar for the honey solution to be put in.
  • The underside of each plate is then marked to identify which
    honey is put into each well.
  • 100 micro liters of honey solution is measured into the well
    marked for that honey.
  • The plates are then put into an incubator for the bacteria
    to grow.
  • After the plate has been incubated overnight the colonies of bacteria that have grown can be seen as white spots.

You can see there has been no growth around the holes

  • containing the honey solution.
  • The size of the clear zones where there is no bacterial
    colonies shoes the strength of the antibacterial activity.

The NPA 15+ and The MGO 550 honeys have around the same strength. The “Active Manuka Honey” 25+ clearly has a much greater strength, as you would expect from it’s much higher rating.

Now I will get the testing repeated, but this time with a small amount of blood added to the nutrient agar. The testing of the three honey’s is done the same
way as before.

The solutions of the honeys are added to the plate, exactly the same way as before.

And the plate is incubated as before.

The acidity of the honey has made the blood in the agar solidify, making the agar look a bit “muddy”.

But you can still see quite clearly the zones where the colonies of bacteria have NOT grown.

The size of the clear zones around the NPA 15+ honey and MGO 550 honey are about the same as before.

But look at the “Active Manuka Honey” 25+. There is no clear zone at all there, yet it has the biggest clear zone by far when tested without blood present.

The enzyme in the blood which breaks down hydrogen peroxide has removed the activity of the honey that was just rated as “Active Manuka Honey 25+”, but it has had no effect on the non-peroxide activity or MGO because the enzyme doesn’t break down those.

So if you are buying Manuka Honey to use as an antiseptic. Make sure that the activity rating is said to be non-peroxide activity or MGO.

If it just says “active” then the price may be lower, the activity maybe higher, but it isn’t going to be effective on an open wound.

Healthy Breakfast, Source Pixabay, The Fifth
Healthy Breakfast, Source Pixabay, The Fifth

Saliva also contains and enzyme that breaks down hydrogen peroxide, so if you are using Manuka Honey orally, you again need to have the non-peroxide activity or MGO. Otherwise you will lose a lot of the antibacterial activity.

If you have friends who purchase Manuka Honey, let them know about this video because it’s important that they get the right type of activity.

To see more videos by Professor Peter Molan, please click here.

To learn more about the AMAZING benefits and usages of Manuka Honey, please click here.

Honey on Food Plate
Honey on Food Plate

What do you use when your family or friends have a cut or a wound at home? Have you ever eaten Manuka Honey before? Do you like the taste? Do you use honey on your oats and porridge in the morning?

I would really like to know your thoughts, comments, feedback or suggestions.

Please feel free to leave any comments in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

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10 Replies to “Is Manuka Honey Good?”

  1. I have used manuka honey for a burn on my tongue recently. It stung a bit at first, but then kind of numbed the area – and then the burn completely healed. I was amazed!
    Thank you for writing such an in- depth article on the benefits of manuka honey and also how important it is to get the real deal.

    1. Hi Tracy, sorry to hear that you had an injury. I too have had cuts on my tongue / mouth area and it can make it difficult to eat / drink (especially hot drinks which I love).

      I am glad that you had some Manuka honey handy to give it a try. I was happy to hear that you got such a great result.

      If you would like to hear some more regarding the amazing benefits of Manuka honey, please click here.

      Thank you for visiting our website today. 

  2. We have a program here in the UK called ‘The Supervet’. It is about a special veterinary practice started and run by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick. He is an icon here in the UK and his practice is world renowned. When watching his amazing programs about his revolutionary work on small pets, mostly dogs, he uses Manuka honey all the time to help wounds heal, he swears by it.

    This is an amazing site and the information contained is invaluable. I hope it is successful and people learn about the healing properties of this special honey.
    We’re in the UK and I only wish we were nearer to the source of some Manuka honey. Thanks for the article and the great info within.

    1. Hi Ches,

      Thank you so much for visiting our website today and for your kind words. I really appreciate that. Yes, I agree Manuka Honey really is wonderful and it makes me really happy when more and more people become aware of this amazing product.

      I have not heard of Professor Noel Fitzpatrick before, thank you for mentioning me to him. I agree that Medical Grade Manuka Honey would be wonderful for many wounds on both humans and animals. This is because of the ph level in “Active Manuka Honey”. It provides an environment where bacteria cannot survive (including antibiotic resistant MRSA). This gives our own bodies a chance to fight the balance of the infection or wound naturally.

      If you would like some more information, I have written a post on this topic. You can go there by clicking the link here

      Thank you so much again for all your kind words and for visiting us today. I really appreciate that.

  3. Good afternoon Glenys,

    Very interesting to read about the special health property of the Manuka Honey.
    Are there reports on the disappearance of these bushes because of climate change? Also that there is such a decline of bees is worrying because without them we, the human race, will not survive.
    I live in the south of Spain and found this nice little shop in the village where a relative of the owners sells pure, unadulterated, lovely tasting honey. We eat it every day.
    When there is a health problem in the family, be it us or our dear fur friends I try to solve it with natural things as I am convinced mother nature provides for our needs.
    Thank you for informing people about this wonderful honey.

    Regards, Taetske

    1. Thank you for visiting our website today Taetske, I really appreciate that.
      Global bee health. Yes, I have been watching this very serious issue unfold as well. Most of the articles I have been reading focus on the situation of Bee Hive Colony collapse in America. I understand that many hives have been devestated and many beekeepers are very, very worried.
      Luckily Australian bee hive health is remaining steady. Many beekeepers here are very nervous though. Mostly this is because we are all still unclear as to what is the exact cause of this issue. We are all very much still in the dark and guessing.

      I am glad that you have found a quality source of local, raw honey. It really is a wonderful health tonic. It is many people’s “go-too” item in their “natural medicine cabinet”. Even Dr Axe uses it – click here to learn more information

  4. Hello Glenys,

    I had received a gift from a co-worker last year, she gave me the eye gel made with New Zealand Manuka Honey. It has Collagen, Kiwi fruit and Argan Oil in it as well. I like that it has all these great things in it.

    I like the cool feeling of the gel, it’s nice and light not heavy. It lasts quite a long time.

    It was nice to read your article about Manuka Honey, it’s has a lot of interesting information.

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Patsy,
      I ham happy to hear that you have a very kind friend that gave you such a fabulous gift.
      I am happy that it made your feel great.
      Manuka Honey can really lift your overall health in many, many ways.
      Thank you for visiting us today.
      If you would like to learn about a really simple thing to do that will give you a fabulous all natural anti-biotic using a few common pantry items, please click here
      Thanks again for stopping by today.

  5. I have never tried Manuka Honey before but have seen it on the shelves of the health food stores that I frequent. I am glad I read your article before buying as I see not all Manuka Honey is created equal and hate to try something and it not work because it is falsely submitted. Thanks for posting this so I now know what to look for and will give it a try.

    1. Hi Dena,
      Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate that. I agree with you that not all Manuka Honey is created equal. I am constantly shocked and amazed at some of the false labelling that takes place. I actually feel sorry to consumers that don’t know how to spot the fakes – yikes! No one likes getting ripped off.
      I am glad that we were able to share a little bit of knowledge with you today so that you won’t get ripped off.
      Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.
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