Have you heard about Manuka honey? Honey, which can cost tens of times more than normal honey, is indeed known as honey that is quite “magic”. Manuka Honey first came from New Zealand. Derived from bees pollinating Manuka bushes, Manuka honey has very unique benefits among other types of honey. What makes Manuka honey different from other types of honey is the nutrients contained in Manuka honey or manuka honey cream. In ordinary honey, there are many great nutrients and can increase the immune system, including:
Vitamins B (B6, B1, B3, B2, and B5)
What is the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF)?
In 1981, researchers at New Zealand University of Waikato found that Manuka honey contains higher enzyme concentrations than ordinary honey. These enzymes produce hydrogen peroxide naturally which can be useful as an antibacterial. In some of New Zealand’s honey, there is usually a lot of hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal, and dihydroxyacetone. The three ingredients mentioned can be useful as a treatment for certain diseases.
From the three ingredients above, it is called UMF, which is a global standard for determining and measuring the antibacterial strength in Manuka honey. This UMF serves to ensure that the honey sold has ingredients that can be used as treatment. This UMF is not found in all nectar from Manuka flowers. Or in other words, Manuka usually only contains antibacterial content of hydrogen peroxide which is also present in other honey.
What distinguishes Manuka UMF from ordinary Manuka is that this variety of Manuka UMF has hydrogen peroxide naturally, and there is a UMF antibacterial composition that can increase the effectiveness of Manuka honey. The contents in the Manuka UMF are very stable, and in contrast to the hydrogen peroxide in most of the honey available, hydrogen peroxide in the Manuka UMF is not easily damaged by heat, light, and enzymes in your body.