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Active Honey

Humans have known the antimicrobial properties of honey for centuries. Medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world's oldest medical literatures, and since the ancient times, it has been known to possess antimicrobial property as well as wound-healing activity.

Honey is powerful in destroying bacteria and it should be the first mode of treatment when treating a bacterial illness.

Not only is honey anti-bacterial, but it is antiviral and anti-fungal too. These properties alone make it more powerful than conventional antibiotics.

Manuka Honey is the most known honey type that has significant antimicrobial powers.

So how do we compare to Manuka honey?

Manuka honey’s strength is usually measured by UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) or MGO (Methylglyoxal) ratings.

As the name suggests these measurements are unique to Manuka Honey and are not going to be suitable for other honey types.

We strongly believe in healing properties of our honey and we decided to appoint an independent Laboratory* in the UK that specialises in testing various honey types to conduct an analysis of our honey.

Honey’s antimicrobial quality is measured by the term “Total Activity (TA)”. The higher the TA the greater the antimicrobial strength.

When measuring the TA of honey, phenol solution is used as a comparison. Phenol is a common antiseptic and it is often used in research as a benchmark to compare the relative strength of other antibiotic substances.

For example, honey with the activity level 15+ is as antimicrobially effective as a 15% phenol solution.

Both of our honeys were measured for Total Activity and we are pleased to confirm that Total Activity of our honeys is as follows:

Honey Type

Total activity

Sainfoin White Honey

12.5+ (equivalent to 12.5% phenol solution)

Wildflower Mountain Honey

15+ (equivalent to 15% phenol solution)

It should be clear that most raw honey types possess some activity level, usually on a scale from 1 to 20. Honeys with Total Activity over 10+ are considered to have substantial antimicrobial properties.

To conclude, we think that Manuka Honey has considerable benefits, nevertheless, there are other honey types that have strong healing properties and antimicrobial activity too.

To try our unique raw honey that has travelled over 4,500 miles from the ecologically clean and pollution free mountains of Kyrgyz Republic to your doorstep click here.

 

 

*Minerva Scientific Ltd, Minerva House Unit 2, Stoney Gate Road, Spondon, Derby , DE21 7RY