Manuka

Now more potent and lightly creamed for your enjoyment, you're going to love our new Australian Manuka honey range that is bioactive by nature. 

Our bioactive Manuka honey is sourced from the flowering plant species of Leptospermum that are native to Australia and New Zealand. The indigenous people from both lands have been using Manuka in their traditional medicines for centuries.

Manuka honey contains a heightened stable form of natural antibacterial activity often known as Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA). Such intensified antimicrobial activity can be quantified using a range of testing methods. Considerable research has been undertaken to determine the cause of this activity, with it recently being attributable to the naturally occurring chemical Methylglyoxal (MGO). Manuka honey can contain more than 70 times the level of MGO found in normal honeys. 

Today, following extensive clinical testing in Australia, New Zealand and other countries, the unique value of Manuka has been recognised worldwide. 

Understanding Activity Levels

Active Manuka Honey is sold with varying levels of antibacterial activity. The commonly used NPA rating relates to the increasing antibacterial inhibition effect of the honey on cultured bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus), in comparison to what phenol achieves. Phenol is a strong organic compound that has clear antibacterial effects, providing a stable standard for comparison purposes. Learn more

At Barnes Naturals, we use the most accurate method of measuring the honeys activity, by testing for the chemical Methylglyoxal (MGO) to establish the honeys antibacterial properties. MGO is the strength and energy within Manuka honey and is what makes it effective for health and wellbeing. Each batch of our Australian Manuka is independently tested through a third party laboratory to ensure authenticity and activity. 

Active Manuka MGO 100+

A medium strength Active Manuka honey independently tested to ensure a minimum activity rating of MGO 100+. Equivalent to NPA 6+. Available in a 250g, 500g and 1kg size. 

Suggested Serving

Suitable for consumption and topical use. 

Active Manuka MGO 300+

A medium-high strength Active Manuka honey independently tested to ensure a minimum activity rating of MGO 300+. Equivalent to NPA 11+. Available in a 250g and 500g size. 

Suggested Serving

Suitable for consumption and topical use. 

Active Manuka MGO 400+

A high strength Active Manuka honey independently tested to ensure a minimum activity rating of MGO 400+. Equivalent to NPA 13+. Available in a 250g and 500g size. 

Suggested Serving

Suitable for consumption and topical use. 

Active Manuka MGO 550+

A super high strength Active Manuka honey independently tested to ensure a minimum activity rating of MGO 550+. Equivalent to NPA 16+. Available in a 250g and 500g size. 

Suggested Serving

Suitable for consumption and topical use. 

To give customers confidence that they are buying 100% authentic Australian Manuka honey, The Australian Manuka Honey Association has developed a new, revolutionary industry standard that requires Australian Manuka must be independently tested by a registered laboratory to ensure Methylglyoxal (MGO), Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and Leptosperin is present in the honey. 

To be certain you're choosing authentic Australian Manuka honey, look for the Australian Manuka 'Mark of Authenticity' that can only be displayed by producers, packers, retailers and exporters who have met strict independent testing criteria. The AHMA Mark of Authenticity is proudly displayed on all Barnes Naturals Manuka packs. 

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