What is Mānuka honey

Mānuka honey has significantly more benefits than other types of honey. Hence why it is so popular and heavily sought after. 

Mānuka Honey, is native to New Zealand and is considered one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the global market. Mānuka is the name of the New Zealand native tree (Leptospermum Scoparium) with a beautiful, sweet-smelling flower. Honey bees collect nectar from these flowers and use it to produce the dark, unique flavour of Mānuka honey. It is a superfood and possesses a wide range of health benefits. Mānuka honey has been proven to provide antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It has historically been used for sore throats, joint pain, and improving digestive problems.

Real Mānuka honey

New Zealand is one of the cleanest natural environments in the world.

Agricultural products and natural products from New Zealand are highly regarded, sought-after, and accepted for their renowned quality and purity. Genuine Mānuka honey is exceptionally rare and unique to New Zealand. To ensure the purest product, it must be harvested, extracted, tested, and certified.

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 Enjoy pure New Zealand Mānuka Honey from DownUnder Honey's range. New Zealand honey is unlike any other Honey in the world. 

Mānuka honey certification

MGO stands for the natural chemical methylglyoxal, sometimes referred to as MG. Methylglyoxal is the naturally occurring compound found and identified in genuine New Zealand Mānuka honey. This rating defines the strength and potency of the mānuka honey. 

UMF 5+
UMF 10+
UMF 12+
UMF 15+
UMF 18+
UMF 20+

DownUnder Honey produces honey under a New Zealand Food Safety Risk Management Programme (RMP)  through the Ministry of Primary Industries. As part of this process, DownUnder Honey is regularly audited to ensure New Zealand's high food safety standards are being met. All of our mānuka honey range is independently tested by an approved laboratory to guarantee the level of MGO in each honey. You can be sure that our mānuka honey is pure and genuine.

Health benefits

Since the discovery by Dr. Peter Molan over 20 years ago that New Zealand Mānuka honey has unique antibacterial properties, the properties of Mānuka honey have been studied extensively for its unique Health benefits.

Mānuka is a complex honey with many thousands of unique components that are characterised by its unusual thixotropic behaviour (it will form a jelly-like substance when set). Research has found Mānuka honey has multiple health benefits.

Wound Healing
Healthcare Uses
Coughs & Colds 
Digestive Impacts
Virus Inhibition
Mānuka & COVID-19

Wound healing is arguably the most well-known health property of Mānuka honey. Mānuka honey is often applied directly to the wound, topically or integrated within dressings. Resulting in an increased healing time and decreased pain.

Additionally, Mānuka honey has other uses within healthcare due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has found Mānuka honey aided the wound health process in tissues regeneration, diabetic ulcers, superficial partial-thickness burns and eyelid wounds.

Mānuka honey soothes a sore throat. The age-old honey remedy of a hot lemon and honey drink to soothe a cold has now been supported by research. One study found honey was more effective than non-prescription cough syrup for children.

Mānuka honey has an impact on digestive health due to its antiviral properties. Studies found evidence of the ability of Mānuka honey to protect against gastric ulcers due to its anti-inflammatory effect. Mānuka honey also has potential as a prebiotic as it contains oligosaccharides, which improve the levels of good bacteria within our digestive system.

Research into Mānuka honey and viruses such as COVID-19 highlight Mānuka honey's ability to inhibit enveloped virus growth due to the MGO compound. Additionally, Mānuka honey showed sensitivity against influenza A and B. Therefore, research is ongoing but suggests that enveloped viruses may be sensitive to virucidal compounds within honey such as MGO.

Research into Mānuka honey's antiviral ability has begun and is showing promising results. Research has found Mānuka honey effectively inhibited influenza viruses.

DownUnder Honey

DownUnder Honey Mānuka is produced in New Zealand.

Carefully traced from Hive to Jar to ensure its quality and purity. 

We are proud producers of premium quality New Zealand Mānuka honey.