How to Find the Best Manuka Honey

What to look for when choosing the best brand of Manuka Honey and why quality and purity are so important.

As the pioneers of New Zealand Manuka Honey, we are committed to bringing you premium Manuka Honey, with the highest certifications and transparency.

The amazing health benefits of Manuka Honey are well known. But with so many brands available, and so many ways to measure the strength of each, how do you know which is the best Manuka Honey?

UMF… MGO… purity? At Comvita, we know selecting the finest can be confusing, so we’re here to help. Just like our Manuka Honey, we believe in keeping it simple and only delivering the absolute best quality.

Read on to discover what to look for when you’re searching for the world’s best Manuka Honey and how to ensure you’re getting genuine, pure, monofloral Manuka.

What to look for when searching for the best Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey is a unique and very special honey. Made from the nectar of the sweet-smelling Manuka flower in New Zealand, it has a distinct, complex flavor and rich aroma that’s unlike any other honey in the world.

Discovering the natural power of Manuka Honey, our founders established Comvita in 1974, and were the first to take New Zealand Manuka Honey to the world. Today, we’re now the largest producer of UMF honey in the world today.

Why the best Manuka Honey comes from New Zealand
Manuka Honey originates from New Zealand where it is extracted from the nectar of the Manuka tree.1 While Manuka trees can be grown in other parts of the world, they are indigenous to New Zealand, making Aotearoa (our treasured land) Manuka’s native home.


Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is a native New Zealand tree with distinctive white or pink flowers.

Comvita UMF™ Manuka Honey is one of nature's special gifts. Sourced from some of New Zealand's most pure and remote locations, it’s renowned for its unique flavor and contains a complex collection of natural compounds, including amino acids, Vitamins B and C, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and other bioactive compounds.

Manuka Honey is recognized worldwide for its unique properties, not found in ordinary honey. All Comvita Manuka Honey is traceable to its source - from the hive to shelf. We work closely with our bees and beekeepers to produce UMF™ Manuka Honey of the highest quality.

Measuring by Unique Manuka Factor (UMF™)
Like all the best brands, at Comvita we uphold our quality seriously. Comvita adheres to the standards set by the UMFHA (Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association, an independent body that certifies and tests for these compounds found only in genuine monofloral Manuka Honey.

Unique Manuka Factor (UMF™) is the only quality and rating system that independently certifies the presence and quality of all factors (including MGO, DHA, and Leptosperin) that make New Zealand Manuka Honey unique, ensuring you get honey that meets your needs. Check for the UMF™ quality mark on the front of pack when choosing your monofloral Comvita Manuka Honey.

Measuring by MGO (methylglyoxal)
The Methylglyoxal (MGO) grading system solely measures the amount of MGO present in Manuka Honey (in mg/kg). MGO is a compound that contributes to the unique non-peroxide antibacterial activity of Manuka Honey.

However, synthetic MGO can be manufactured and added into honey to create ‘fake’ Manuka Honey. Therefore, measuring just MGO alone does not give consumers sufficient assurance of the authenticity, purity and quality of the Manuka Honey they are buying.

All Comvita Manuka Honey products come in different degrees of strength. Generally, the higher the number (either UMF™ or MGO), the ‘stronger’ the product is. So, for example, if you wanted Comvita Manuka Honey to sweeten your tea, spread on your toast or use in your baking, then the lower rating could be best. But if you’re looking to use Comvita Manuka Honey for targeted wellbeing support, a higher rating may be more suitable.

Why the best brand of Manuka Honey is the best for you!
As you’ve read, genuine Manuka Honey is one of nature’s rare and powerful wonders, renowned the world over for its beneficial properties. Rich in amino acids, Vitamins B and C, antioxidants, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and bioactive compounds, Manuka Honeycontains a unique combination of plant-derived compounds.

Comvita Manuka Honey is great as a daily wellness ritual, pre-workout natural energy source, or as a DIY skin-brightening facemask. Smooth and creamy, it tastes delicious.

Here are just three ways you can put Comvita, the world’s best Manuka Honey, to work:

Eat and drink your way to wellness
Put a spoonful in your tea, blend it into your smoothie or slather it on your toast guilt free! Honey is a natural sweetener that plays a great role in a healthy, balanced diet and active lifestyle.


A sweet beauty routine
When it comes to looking good, there’s no better role model than using foods from Mother Nature. You can use Comvita Manuka Honey to condition your hair, moisturize your skin, clean your pores, exfoliate and to help fade scars.

Try this DIY honey face mask at home

      1. Mix together a teaspoon of Comvita Manuka Honey, a teaspoon of turmeric and a squeeze of lemon juice.
      2. Apply to your face, avoiding the delicate eye area, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.


So now you know why choosing the best Manuka Honey is so important - and why that’s Comvita Manuka Honey - it’s easy to start enjoying the Comvita difference.

Where can I buy Manuka Honey?
You can find genuine Comvita Manuka Honey at reputable stockists around the US, or you can simply browse and stock up on nature’s goodness right now.

Note: The contents of this blog are for educational purposes and are not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider if you have any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read on this website.


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