Dr Peter Molan, Dept. Of Biological Sciences at Waikato University, NZ is a world authority in researching the factors that make Manuka Honey outstanding as a healing agent. He has identified the active component of UMF grade Manuka Honey is due to its high levels of stabilised Hydrogen Peroxide.
This additional property is the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) and has been trademarked as such to identify Manuka Honey with special healing properties. Any Manuka Honey above a UMF of 16 is considered to have high levels of antibacterial or anti viral activity.
In 2008, Professor Thomas Henle of University of Dresden, Germany discovered that is was also high levels of Methylglyoxal that also gives Manuka Honey its unique antibacterial properties. The potential health benefits of Manuka Honey comes from the fact that in a lab environment, no bacteria or virus has been shown to be resistant to high levels of Methylglyoxal. Just as critical, Methylglyoxal is a very stable ingredient and is able to remain active even in environments with high heat and humidity and light – as well as in contact with bodily fluids.
The Manuka Tree is found in 16 countries with New Zealand having one of the highest UMF content.
The bioactivities that UMF honey has been found to have are:
• Stimulating growth of new blood capillaries in damaged skin tissue.
• Stimulating the production of collagen and other components of the matrix of the skin.
• Stimulating the growth of the new cells on the skin.
• Seeks and prevents free radical damage due to its antioxidant properties.
• Potent anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial actions.