Antler Farms® New Zealand Manuka Honey
WHY IS ANTLER FARMS® NEW ZEALAND MANUKA HONEY BETTER THAN THE REST?
(1) 100% Pure
Antler Farms® Manuka Honey is 100% pure, raw, unpasteurized and unfiltered. It contains no fillers, artificial colors, flavors, additives, sweeteners or preservatives.
(2) High MGO Content
Our Manuka honey is a rich source of Methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is a prized compound and what gives Manuka honey its powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
(3) Certified UMF
Antler Farms® Manuka Honey is independently tested and certified. The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) ratings guarantee the level of MGO and other key chemical markers in our Manuka honey.
(4) Harvested in Nature
Our Manuka honey is collected by honey bees in remote, pristine wilderness areas, free from environmental pollution. Our Manuka honey is mono-floral, made predominantly from the nectar of the Manuka tree.
(5) Made in New Zealand
Antler Farms® Manuka Honey is produced in New Zealand, the only source for real Manuka honey. The climate and flora are ideal for creating the highest quality and best tasting Manuka honey.
Antler Farms® Manuka Honey is 100% pure, certified New Zealand Manuka Honey.
Our honey originates from the native New Zealand bush Leptospermum scoparium, commonly known as the Manuka tree. These special shrubs grow in coastal forests in remote, pristine wilderness areas. In the spring, our bee colonies are strategically placed in these isolated locations just as the Manuka flowers bloom. The bees forage the nectar and deposit it into honeycombs, where it is later harvested.
Antler Farms® Manuka Honey is pure, raw, unpasteurized and unfiltered. It contains no fillers, artificial colors, flavors, additives, sweeteners or preservatives.
Manuka honey has a delicious sweet taste and a smooth texture. It is thicker, darker and creamier than table honey. It can be eaten straight from a teaspoon, mixed into drinks (tea, lemonade, smoothies), or put on food (toast, yogurt, granola, pastries). It can also be used topically as a face mask or to treat wounds and skin conditions.
What is Special About Manuka Honey?
When a single plant species is predominantly utilized to produce honey, the product is known as mono-floral honey. The chemical characteristics of mono-floral honey are closely linked to the species of flowering plant. Our Manuka honey is mono-floral honey and therefore its characteristics are derived from Manuka flowers.
Manuka honey differs from other types of honey because of its unique bioactive properties.
While all types of raw honey have antibacterial effects due to hydrogen peroxide activity, only Manuka honey contains both hydrogen peroxide activity and non-peroxide activity. This makes Manuka honey’s antibacterial effects much more potent and gives Manuka honey its superfood status.
Antler Farms® Manuka Honey contains over 2,000 individual natural compounds including methylglyoxal (MGO), the major component of its powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial activity. The process starts with Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a compound that is found in high concentrations only in the Manuka flower’s nectar. DHA does not have antibacterial properties. But over time DHA converts to Methylglyoxal (MGO) through a natural chemical reaction in the hive. MGO is what gives Manuka honey its powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
In addition, Manuka honey has a distinct nutritional profile. It also contains carbohydrates, enzymes, amino acids, B vitamins, trace minerals, electrolytes, fatty acids, alkaloids, glycosides, phenolic and flavonoid compounds.
What are the Benefits of Manuka Honey?
Manuka honey contains special health properties used to support the immune system, aid in wound healing and provide energy.
The most extensively studied and remarkable bioactivity of Manuka honey is its antimicrobial and wound healing effects. It also exhibits anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory and antioxidant bioactivities. These bioactivities work together to give Manuka honey its therapeutic effects.
Manuka Honey has powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help the immune system.
Honey has been used as a natural medicine for centuries. With its strong antibacterial and antiviral properties, Manuka honey can boost the immune system by fighting off pathogens that make their way into your body.
Manuka honey has been shown to be able to inhibit around 60 species of bacteria including E. coli and salmonella. Studies show that Manuka honey can even fight bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics, suggesting that it can be effective combating infections that do not heal with regular antibiotic therapy.
While Manuka honey reduces the growth of common gut bacteria pathogens, it also contains prebiotic oligosaccharides which improve the levels of good bacteria in the gut, boosting digestive health.
Manuka honey helps heal both minor and chronic wounds when used topically.
The special honey functions by drawing moisture and fluid from a wound, removing debris and encouraging healing. Additionally, the acidity, MGO, and hydrogen peroxide in honey all work together to prevent bacterial growth.
Research indicates that Manuka honey can increase oxygen supply to wound, reduce inflammation, and support new tissue growth, making it very effective in dressing for wounds, burns, insect bites, surgery incisions, leg ulcers, pressure sores, and even acne and rashes.
The bioactive agents in Manuka honey can also improve the quality of your skin while treating a range of skin conditions. The MGO, flavonoids and phenolic compounds play a beneficial role in managing skin conditions where infection or inflammation are common, such as dermatitis, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Manuka honey can be used as a face cleanser, face mask, or for spot treatments.
Manuka honey’s high nutrient density makes it an excellent natural energy booster. It contains sugar in the form of glucose and fructose. Glucose absorbs quickly to provide an immediate energy boost, while fructose supplies energy over a prolonged time period.
How is Antler Farms® Manuka Honey Processed?
Antler Farms® Manuka Honey is harvested from sustainable bee hives found in remote, coastal forests of New Zealand, free from environmental pollution.
The skill, planning and resources needed to harvest Manuka honey is extraordinary, which makes it much more difficult and costly to produce than other types of honey.
Antler Farms® Manuka Honey is made by our sustainable bee colonies in clean, untouched wilderness areas of the North and South islands. Some locations are accessible only by helicopter. The window for collecting Manuka honey is very short. The Manuka flowers are in bloom for just two to six weeks per year, which can be easily disrupted by seasonal weather changes.
During harvest, the bee hives are transported to a processing facility in Canterbury Plains, where the honey is carefully extracted from the honeycombs. This procedure starts by slightly warming the honeycomb trays to get the liquid flowing, removing the wax seal on the honeycomb, then spinning the tray to remove the contents. The honey is bottled on location immediately after processing.
Each batch of Manuka honey is tested by an independent accredited laboratory to certify the quality and grade of the honey.
What are Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Ratings?
Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) ratings indicate the level of certain key chemical markers in Manuka honey. The higher the UMF number, the higher the level of these compounds, and the rarer and more expensive the Manuka honey (see below - How is Manuka Honey Evaluated?).
Essentially, the UMF is a quality trademark. The higher the concentration of UMF, the stronger the effect
- 5+ UMF – Table grade Manuka honey. Non-medicinal as it does not have significant levels of antibacterial activity. Non-medicinal honey is used as a natural sweetener, for beauty treatments and as a skin moisturizer. Equivalent to MGO 83+. We do not carry 5 UMF Manuka honey.
- 10+ UMF – Therapeutic grade Manuka honey. Can be used as a natural sweetener and also for fighting bacterial infections and to improve digestive health. Equivalent to MGO 261+.
- 15+ UMF – Antibacterial grade Manuka honey. Can be used as described above, and also for skin therapy and as a salve for wounds. Equivalent to MGO 514+.
HOW IS MANUKA HONEY EVALUATED (UMF RATINGS)?
The Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA) is an independent organization that performs certain tests on Manuka honey to determine its quality. The association ensures the authenticity, identity, potency and quality of Manuka honey.
The chemical markers used to produce a UMF rating are:
Note that there are other Manuka rating systems such as KFactor, Bio Active and MGO. However, these are not as complete or advanced as the UMF rating because they do not measure the all the signature chemical markers. UMF, the system Antler Farms® utilizes, is widely considered to be the gold standard for Manuka honey certification.
It is estimated that as much as 80% of Manuka honey sold on the market is fake.
Some competitors sell honey labeled as Manuka that contains no Manuka honey at all. Others dilute Manuka honey with other types of honey to lower their costs. And still others add synthetic chemicals to “improve” the profile of their products.
We subject our products to third party evaluation so our customers can be confident that what they buy is 100% real, genuine New Zealand Manuka honey with guaranteed minimum methylglyoxal (MGO) content. Companies like Antler Farms® must be licensed to use the trademarked UMF grading system on our jar labels. When you buy Manuka honey, look for the UMF rating.