What is MGO?

MGO Manuka Power

MGO stands for methylglyoxal, the naturally occurring compound that makes Manuka honey so special.

Our research partner - Professor Thomas Henle (University of Dresden) and his team - discovered MGO as the magic ingredient in Manuka honey, a discovery long sought after in the science world.

In 2008 Manuka Health pioneered MGO testing as a more precise and reliable method of grading Manuka honey, based on this ground-breaking research.

Not all Manuka honey is created equal and MGO levels can vary greatly.  Every jar of Manuka Health MGO Manuka Honey is tested and certified for natural MGO content. The MGO number tells you how much MGO is in your jar of honey – simple.

The amount of MGO in your Manuka honey is directly related to its potency

MGO and  UMF

Both MGO and UMF are trusted Manuka honey grading systems, and both measure MGO (methylglyoxal) content. Testing for MGO levels is important as they can vary greatly – not all Manuka honey is equal.

The MGO Manuka Honey grading system is a precise and reliable test that simply and directly reflects the MGO content of the honey. The higher the MGO content the higher the grade of honey.

We've provided a handy correlation between MGO and UMF numbers here. 

Manuka Health is also a member of the UMF Honey Association