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February 22, 2021/Treatment

For centuries it has been known that different types of honey exhibit differences in antibacterial activity. In recent years, honey from different sources have been studied and a few have been identified as having particularly high antibacterial activity. Mānuka honey gathered from the mānuka tree Leptospermum scoparium, native to New Zealand, has high antibacterial activity, with about half of this type of honey having high levels of non-peroxide activity.

Honey produced from mānuka trees is tested for antibacterial activity and is given a potency rating called a UMF (Unique Mānuka Factor). The honey is tested for the key signature compounds leptopsperin, methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone. The higher the UMF rating, the greater the level of UMF properties.

Medical grade UMF honey is sterilised by gamma irradiation without loss of any antibacterial activity.

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