What is MGO?

If you have been trying to assess the strength of Manuka Honey products, you may have noticed two different labels on the honey containers: one is UMF, the other is MGO. UMF and MGO ratings are both used to indicate the potency and strength of Manuka honey.

Here is a quick outline of what is MGO:

Methylglyoxal is a compound found in the pollen of the Manuka tree’s flowers. MGO ratings refer to the level of Methyglyoxal in the honey.

Methyglyoxal is a marker of Manuka honey but it does not cause the non-peroxide activity. The higher the MGO™ rating in Manuka honey the higher the level of anti-bacterial activity in the honey.

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