What is UMF Manuka Honey?
UMF stands for Unique Mānuka Factor, which is a grading scales that honey producers have to rating the potency of Mānuka honey. The UMF rating reflects the concentration of 3 signature compounds found in genuine Manuka honey, MGO, DHA and leptosperin. Dr. Peter Molan, lead researcher into the properties of Mānuka honey, made a recommendation to categorise Mānuka honey by it’s UMF – or Unique Mānuka Factor. This was because it was found that not all Mānuka honey expressed the same efficacy when it came to breaking down harmful bacteria and microbes. This all comes down to the different chemical markers found in Mānuka honey and the varying levels of: Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) - A naturally occurring compound, found only in the Mānuka flower. Once collected by bees and deposited in the hive, it begins to convert to Methylglyoxal. Methylglyoxal (MG) - A compound which exhibits antimicrobial properties which are different to those caused by natural hydrogen peroxide found in other honeys. Hydromethylfurfuraldehyde - This is an indicator that honey has been heated during storage. Sometimes honey producers will heat their honey to speed up the conversion of DHA to MG (it also results in an inferior, dark or ‘burnt’ looking product.
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