Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS MANUKA HONEY?
Manuka honey is a unique honey from Australia created by bees pollinating the native Manuka bush. It's renowned for its distinctive flavour and health properties.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF MGO?
MGO stands for Methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring molecule that makes Manuka honey an active Honey. MGO is the magic ingredient in Manuka Honey – the higher the MGO, the more potent the anti-bacterial action.
WHAT IS DHA?
DHA is a molecule, Dihydroxyacetone, which is present in the nectar of Manuka flowers (Leptospermum). Some Manuka plants have more DHA in their nectar than others. When bees feed on the nectar of the Leptospermum containing DHA, this molecule converts to MGO in the bee's gut.– it is this process that gives the honey its antimicrobial and anti-bactericidal properties.
WHAT IS NPA?
In 1981, Dr Peter Molan found that when he deliberately destroyed the Hydrogen Peroxide Activity (HPA) in honey, that only one type of honey was still displaying strong anti-bacterial activity. This activity became known as Non-Peroxide Antibacterial Activity (NPA). Dr. Molan went on to research this activity over many years and found that it was very stable in Manuka Honey and could withstand both heat and light exposure while still remaining highly active and effective.
HOW IS THE UMF™ RATING IMPORTANT IN MANUKA HONEY?
UMF™ measures the antibacterial strength of Manuka honey, indicating the concentration of beneficial compounds like MGO, making it a reliable quality standard.
WHAT MAKES MANUKA HONEY DIFFERENT FROM REGULAR HONEY?
Manuka honey contains higher concentrations of Methylglyoxal (MGO) and other unique compounds, giving it stronger antibacterial properties than regular honey.
CAN MANUKA HONEY BE USED TOPICALLY?
Yes, Manuka honey is beneficial for topical use due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in healing minor wounds and skin care.
IS MANUKA HONEY SAFE TO CONSUME EVERY DAY?
Manuka honey can be safely consumed daily in moderation, though individuals with diabetes should monitor their intake due to its natural sugar content.
CAN MANUKA HONEY HELP WITH DIGESTIVE ISSUES?
Manuka honey is known for its prebiotic effects and anti-inflammatory properties, potentially aiding in digestive health and soothing gastrointestinal issues.
DOES MANUKA HONEY EXPIRE?
Manuka honey doesn't expire due to its low moisture and high acidity but should be stored properly to maintain its quality.
CAN CHILDREN CONSUME MANUKA HONEY?
Children over one year can safely consume Manuka honey, but it is not recommended for infants under one due to botulism risk.
CAN MANUKA HONEY HELP WITH SORE THROATS AND COLDS?
Manuka honey is often used for its soothing properties for sore throats and may help alleviate cold symptoms, but it shouldn't replace medical treatment.
HOW SHOULD MANUKA HONEY BE STORED?
Store Manuka honey in a cool, dark place away from sunlight and avoid refrigeration to prevent crystallization.
CAN MANUKA HONEY HELP IN WOUND HEALING?
Yes, Manuka honey's antibacterial properties aid in healing minor wounds and burns but should be used under medical guidance for serious conditions.
IS MANUKA HONEY GLUTEN FREE ?
CAN MANUKA HONEY IMPROVE SKIN HEALTH?
Yes, Manuka honey's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial for various skin conditions and general skin health.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MANUKA HONEY AND RAW HONEY?
Manuka honey has unique antibacterial properties compared to raw honey, which refers to unheated, unpasteurised honey. We provide Australian Raw Manuka Honey.
HOW MUCH MANUKA HONEY SHOULD I CONSUME DAILY?
A daily intake of 1-2 tablespoons of Manuka honey is generally safe, but starting with a smaller amount is advisable to monitor body reactions.
WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT MANUKA HONEY?
Manuka honey stands out for its unique antibacterial properties, higher MGO content, and its origin from the Manuka tree in Australia, making it special in both taste and health benefits.
IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MANUKA HONEY AND REGULAR HONEY?
Yes, compared to regular honey, Manuka honey has higher antibacterial properties, unique bioactive compounds, and a distinctive flavor, making it distinct and beneficial for health.
CAN TYPE 2 DIABETICS EAT MANUKA HONEY?
Type 2 diabetics can consume Manuka honey, but it should be in moderation and with careful monitoring of blood sugar levels due to its natural sugars.
WHAT CERTIFICATIONS DOES GATHER BY HAVE?
Gather By is a founding member of the Australian Manuka Honey Association (AMHA). The AMHA logo on our website is a mark of Authenticity that provides our consumers with confidence that our honey is pure, raw and potent Manuka Honey, our Honey is lab-tested and certified to guarantee its authenticity as Australian Manuka Honey.
Gather By packs its pure, raw and potent Manuka Honey in HACCP and B-Qual Certified facilities. It’s facilities are also Australian Department of Agriculture (AQIS) Export Control Act Accredited, and Halal Certified.
Gather By is also a participating researcher within the Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Cooperative Research Program (CRC).