What is Honey?
Honey is a naturally sweet, viscous and delicious food substance that is produced by honey bees using the nectar collected from flowers. There are many different types of honey, differing primarily by the major floral (nectar) source used to produce the honey.
What is Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey is harvested by Apis mellifera Honey bees from the nectar of the Manuka tree (Leptospermum Scoparium) indigenous to New Zealand. Unlike most other honey type which can be collected throughout much of the year, Manuka Honey is a scarce resource as bees can only collect the nectar needed to make Manuka Honey for around 6 weeks of the year when the Manuka trees are in flower. Manuka Honey has a distinctive taste and colour which intensifies as the level of purity increases.
The nectar of the Manuka flower gives Manuka Honey its unique non-peroxide activity properties. The UMF™ (Unique Manuka Factor) rating number on every jar of Comvita represents the unique signature compounds characteristic of real Manuka Honey, which ensures purity and quality. These compounds include the key markers of Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal (MGO). Comvita offers Manuka Honey in UMF™ grades of 5+, 10+, 15+ and 20+ (each with increasing Methylglyoxal (MGO) content and level of scarcity due to crop yields).
The difference between Normal Honey and Comvita Manuka Honey
|Normal Honey||Comvita Manuka Honey|
|Normal Honey is commonly used as a sweetener in beverages or food||Clinical studies shows that Manuka Honey contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune modulatory properties|
|Not certified by a third-party association.||Certified by the UMF™ association, guaranteed to contain optimum level of special bioactivities as indicated by the Unique Manuka Factor quality mark (UMF™)|
|Commonly pasteurised with heat. The heating process reduces beneficial nutrients||No artificial ingredients, colouring or additives|
|Untraceable origin||Sustainably harvested from the pristine forests of New Zealand|
|Lab tested for a minimal of once before exported.||Lab tested 3 times before export.|
What is the difference between each level of manuka honey?
Manuka honey is a product of bees that only collect from only Manuka flower and it is famous for its healing properties. In contrast, normal honey is the product of bees that harvest from various types of flowers. Manuka Honey is rich in nutrients and good for diabetes therefore the main difference between Manuka Honey and normal honey is the origin, quality, components and importance.
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