What is Manuka honey?2017-07-30T00:34:58+10:00

While we have known for centuries about the health benefits of all types of honey, recent studies have shown that only Manuka has an antibacterial component that sets it apart from other honeys.
Manuka honey mostly comes from the Leptospermum species of plant, which impart the honey with very high levels of a naturally occurring compound known as Methylglyoxal (or MGO for short).
MGO has been scientifically shown to be the major contributor to manuka honey’s powerful antimicrobial activity and is attributed to many health benefits.

MGO ‘ratings’ for Berringa’s Australian Manuka honey are shown elsewhere on this website.

Why is Berringa MGO900+ called a ‘Super Manuka Honey’?2017-07-30T00:30:34+10:00

Berringa is a unique range of high grade antibacterial, antimicrobial manuka honey’s known for their health benefits.
Rich and complex in flavour, this distinct honey comes from pollutant free, unspoilt coastal areas of the Eastern seaboard of Australia.
It is also an antioxidant that can help to increase vitality and support the immune system.
Berringa’s MGO ratings are amongst the highest in the world and the quality and efficacy of Berringa is unsurpassed.
The pinnacle of the Berringa Australian Super Manuka Honey range is rated at MGO900+, making it one of the world’s highest rating manuka’s and
that’s why we call it a ‘Super Manuka’. To find out more about this exceptional ultra-high strength honey, go to our Product pages.

Where does Manuka honey come from?2017-07-30T00:32:57+10:00

Many people think manuka honey only comes from New Zealand.

The manuka marketing people from New Zealand have done a great job of persuading the public that the only true source of manuka is New Zealand.

Clever marketing, but it’s not true.
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand and Australia.

Indeed due to the warmer climate in Australia, our bees tend to produce honey that is far superior in MGO levels.
Scientists believe this is governed by latitudenal differences – the heat and humidity of the Australian environment.

How do I use Manuka honey?2017-07-30T00:34:33+10:00

Take 1-2 teaspoons of honey (10g) up to 4 times daily, to take advantage of its many health and wellbeing benefits.

Alternatively you can use manuka as a general sweetener, on your breakfast, in your cooking and of course on bread/toast.

What is Manuka honey used for?2017-07-30T00:34:09+10:00

Isn’t it fantastic that a wholefood that tastes so good has a great range of health benefits! Here are just some:

  • Prebiotic effect helps to maintain a healthy digestive system and may assist in promoting beneficial bacteria.
  • Stimulates and can help boost the immune system.
  • Contains antioxidants that may assist in protecting the body from harmful free radicals.
  • Provides relief for coughs, colds and sore throats, mild upper respiratory infections and indigestion.
Can I use Manuka honey on my skin?2017-07-30T00:35:29+10:00

In short yes.
Manuka honey can also be used as follows:

  • For the symptomatic relief of minor wounds, burns, eczema, psoriasis on the skin and cold sores.
  • For the treatment of minor skin disorders including wounds, scratches, bruising, cuts and abrasions.
  • May also assist in the management of scar reduction, dermatitis and minor burns, including sunburn.
Is Manuka honey used by Medical Professionals?2017-07-30T00:36:06+10:00

Again the short answer is yes.
The benefits of high grade/high MGO rating manuka honey are increasingly understood by medical professionals.
Manuka honey is used for wound care in some cases, where the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties are highly valued.

Trials have indicated that manuka honey can heal wounds and skin ulcers that haven’t responded to standard treatment.


NOTE: Berringa advises you seek professional medical advice for any medical condition that concerns you and/or where symptoms persist.

Is there scientific proof that Manuka honey really works?2017-07-30T00:37:07+10:00

Even though honey has been used for the treatment of ailments since ancient times, it is only in relatively recent years that scientific studies and
analysis of the benefits of manuka honey have been undertaken.
Manuka is now gaining increasing acceptance in modern medicine and as an alternative strategy owing to its antibacterial and antimicrobial activity and properties.

In recent tests conducted at Sydney University’s School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, a very high grade manuka honey killed all the bacteria it was being tested on, including antibiotic resistant ‘Superbugs’.
This has been attributed to the MGO.
The higher the MGO rating you see on a Manuka honey, the higher the level of antibacterial activity.

How does Berringa control the quality of its Manuka honey?2017-07-30T00:40:15+10:00

Each batch of Berringa honey is independently tested for MGO levels in a certified internationally accredited  NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities)
With Berringa’s Authenticity Tracker you can verify the MGO level of the Berringa Manuka Honey you have – see elsewhere on this website for more information about how to use the Authenticity Tracker (which is free to use).

Berringa are also members of the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia (CHC) and the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA).

Berringa’s honeys are also, of course, 100% Australian, 100% natural and don’t contain any artificial preservatives, colours or flavours.