MGO Rating

What is the MGO rating of Manuka Honey?

Hydrogen peroxide gives most honey its antibiotic quality. But some types, including Manuka honey, also have unique antibacterial qualities.

One of the major antibacterial components of Manuka honey is a compound called methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO comes from the conversion of another compound in Manuka honey known as dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a high concentration of which is found in the nectar of Manuka flowers. MGO ratings that you see on labels mean how much methylglyoxal is present in 1 kg of the product. For example, a rating of MGO 550+ means there are 550 mg of it in 1 kg of honey. 

The higher the concentration of MGO, the stronger the antibacterial effect. For daily use, an MGO of 83+ is recommended to enhance energy and wellness.  For higher antibacterial applications, an MGO of 263+ can be used to treat skincare and other health conditions.  An MGO of 400+ is a great aid for digestive health.