Buying manuka honey? Confused as to what MGO is?
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Manuka honey contains very high levels on MGO, doubling its antibacterial activity.
And what is MGO?
Methylglyoxal is the must-have content in genuine Manuka honey. MGO supercharges the beneficial anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects found in all honeys.
Manuka honey contains unique compounds that the bees collect from the nectar of the Leptospermum Scoparium, Manuka. Genuine Manuka honey must have a sound measurement of Methylglyoxal or MG, MGO or MGL. It is Methylglyoxal or MGO that gives Manuka honey its wonderful antibacterial properties and makes Manuka honey superior to other types of honey for medicinal purposes. The higher the concentration, the more antibacterial activity.
The concentration of Methylglyoxal (MGO) in Manuka honey ranges between 38 to as much as 1000 mg/kg. The minimum requirement for antibacterial activity in Manuka honey is 100 mg/kg or MGO 100.
- MGO™30 (containing 30mg/kg) – table grade
- MGO™100 (containing 100mg/kg) – table grade
- MGO™250 (containing 250mg/kg) – table grade
- MGO™400 (containing 400mg/kg) – antibacterial grade, suited for skin therapy.
- MGO™550 (containing 550mg/kg) – high antibacterial grade, suited for skin therapy.
Dietary Methylglyoxal is resistant to heat, body fluids, light, and enzymatic activity, thus considered very stableManuka honey is not good only because of its MGO component, but because of its low pH, high content of sugars, peroxide activity, enzyme and polyphenols content.