Manuka and Immune System – Is There Any Connection


There are tons of materials about manuka and immune system in various sites around, and there is nothing new I can add to the manuka story excepts for some details from personal use in our family. So keep reading.

Just some basics you need to know

Manuka or mānuka honey originates from New Zealand and it is always sold with the Unique Manuka Factor grading system or UMF grading. This is the standardized grading measurement of the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA).

UMFHA is an independent body founded in 1998 to identify and differentiate the unique properties of manuka honey with the idea of protecting the manuka honey industry and consumers. All New Zealand honey companies who want to display the UMF trademark must be registered with the UMFHA and have a registered license.

Our experience

In my family manuka honey has been used for some time first by my daughter and my son in law, and then by the rest of us. Both of them are quite exposed to infections. This is because the son in law works as a teacher in an international school, and my daughter commutes daily to the university where she works as a researcher and lecturer and she uses trains for almost 2 hours in each direction.

This is why they initially started using manuka, and they have been doing this for almost a year already. First, they were ordering it from Amazon, and the picture below is the first ever they ordered. But they are in the EU and shipping doubles the price which is already high, manuka honey is an expensive thing, just to know.

The first package of manuka my daughter was using.
The first package of manuka my daughter was using.

Then they decided to order it directly from New Zealand. Luckily, we have friends there, this is about a girl who grew up in the house across the street where we lived. She was the best friend of my daughter from her childhood, later she married and moved to New Zealand. So from time to time, my daughter asks here to send the honey.

Later, my wife started buying it for herself in a local shop, it was with the UMF label 25. The picture below shows the package in which it came, there was a plastic jar inside of course.

This is manuka honey from our local shop.
This is manuka honey from our local shop.

But the last shipment we received from my other daughter who bought it in Canada. She ordered it from Amazon there, and she came back recently because of all these current issues with the new virus spreading. The picture below is my own package which I am using as of the moment of writing this text.

My own package of manuka.
My own package of manuka.

So does it really work, can manuka improve your immune system?

It would be irresponsible to make any bold claims. But the fact is that my daughter and her husband have never had any respiratory infection after they started using manuka, knock on wood. This is a very pleasant surprise for my daughter who used to has such infections frequently.

But the following episode related to my son in law is really funny and it tells a lot. Some time ago he told me that students in the school once asked him ‘how come that you are never sick?’. He was surprised by this question, he was simply not aware of that fact. The point is that teachers do get respiratory infections frequently, this is practically always present in a class, so it goes from student to student, and teachers are there so imagine.

My wife has been using it for a couple of months only so it is early to say much. But this was wintertime and she did not have infections. I myself started using it later than my wife, so we will see how it works.

Where to buy manuka honey and how to be certain that you are buying the real manuka

Here is something you should be aware of. According to the information I found on Wikipedia, not sure how accurate it is, around 1700 tons of mānuka honey is made on New Zealand annually. This is supposed to represent more or less all the world’s production.

But they estimate that some 10000 tons of manuka are being sold internationally as mānuka honey. Only in the UK, the number is 1800 tons. So you see the issue? This all cannot be the real manuka.

Therefore it is hard to know what you are buying. One way is to buy from New Zealand brands that are registered and have their license number.

Below I give a few of them, in no particular order. Note the following: I have checked each of them in the official UMF list, so at least this is certain, those are indeed the official UMF members. When inspecting the list of the brands we used (shown in the photos above) I was happy to realize that those also were licensed brands, you will find them in the items below.

Egmont Honey Manuka Honey MGO 263+ UMF 10+ 8.8oz Original from New Zealand (250g)
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Egmont Honey Manuka Honey MGO 263+ UMF 10+ 8.8oz Original from New Zealand (250g)
  • PUREST & FINEST SUPERFOOD MANUKA HONEY – With access to the most remote land in New Zealand accessible only by helicopter, Egmont Honey bee hives are located deep inside the best Manuka forests in the world
  • NATURE’S FINEST SUPERFOOD – The amazing natural creamy flavour of Egmont Honey is great for complementing smoothies and health drinks or alternatively can simply be taken off the spoon each morning with breakfast as a general health-kick.
  • FULL TRACEABILITY & QUALITY CHECKS – Our close network of bee keepers are selected based on extremely high quality standards. At Egmont Honey we believe this is the best way to ensure full traceability of our supply chain, allowing us to quality check every single operation within our network.
  • CERTIFIED & LABORATORY TESTED: Egmont's Manuka Honey contains at least 263+ MGO/kg
Natural Solutions Manuka Honey UMF 20 - MGO 850+ Certified East Cape Te Araroa New Zealand (Large)
157 Reviews
Natural Solutions Manuka Honey UMF 20 - MGO 850+ Certified East Cape Te Araroa New Zealand (Large)
  • PREMIUM CERTIFIED RAW 20 Plus MANUKA Honey with an actual tested rating of 23 (Please see list of certifications in the Product Description section below)
  • SINGLE SOURCE MONOFLORAL MANUKA HONEY East Cape, North Island, New Zealand Kept in a special honey room until shipped to customers. Passes all tests of the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries for monofloral Manuka, and is imported to the U.S. under a New Zealand Government Export Certification
  • CERTIFIED BY THE NEW ZEALAND UNIQUE MANUKA HONEY ASSOCIATION (Licensee number 1024). UMF CERTIFICATION offers (1) Independent Facility Audits (2) Independent Label Claim Audits (3) Independent Commissioner (4) Independent Product Traceability (5) Internationally Recognised Testing and Verification (6) Internationally Recognised Natural & Unadulterated Testing
  • PERFECT STORAGE CONDITIONS Kept in our special honey room until it is time to ship to customers directly
Manukora UMF 20+/MGO 830+ Raw Mānuka Honey (500g/1.1lb) Authentic Non-GMO New Zealand Honey, UMF & MGO Certified, Traceable from Hive to Hand
890 Reviews
Manukora UMF 20+/MGO 830+ Raw Mānuka Honey (500g/1.1lb) Authentic Non-GMO New Zealand Honey, UMF & MGO Certified, Traceable from Hive to Hand
  • AUTHENTIC RAW MANUKA HONEY: With its medicinal properties and health benefits, Manukora UMF 20+/MGO 830+, non-GMO Mānuka honey is nature's greatest gift to support everyday wellness. This natural honey comes in a gift worthy box, making it the perfect present for yourself or someone special.
  • UMF & MGO CERTIFIED: Manukora is a licensed UMF Assocation member, the only independent organization that verifies the purity and quality of Mānuka honey products. All Manukora products are MGO certified and our premium Mānuka honey products are also UMF certified.
  • PREMIUM QUALITY: All of our raw Mānuka honey products are produced in our HACCP certified honey facility in New Zealand. We operate an industry-leading traceability system which allows you to trace your product from hive to hand. This unique identification system provides you the test results and origin of every product and ensures that every Manukora product you receive is authentic.
  • OPTIMAL HEALTH SUPPORT: UMF 20+/MGO 830+ Mānuka honey is extremely rare. It is seasonally dependent and sourced from a small selection of remote locations that deliver the purest Mānuka honey. This raw, non-GMO honey is very dark with a bold flavor profile. Customers use this product in a variety of ways ranging from meals and smoothies to skincare and wound-care applications. It is certified to contain at least 830 mg/kg of dietary methylglyoxal.
  • THE MANUKA EXPERTS: Manukora produces a range of natural, non-GMO Mānuka-based products with a focus on multi-functional benefits and quality of ingredients. We provide you with a variety of Mānuka options to optimize your wellness and make you feel nourished, engaged and supported because of our uncompromising commitment to help you get the most out of your day.
Manuka Pollen VENZ - Honey with Bee Venom and Pollen - 1.1lb (500g) Jar
3 Reviews
Manuka Pollen VENZ - Honey with Bee Venom and Pollen - 1.1lb (500g) Jar
  • Support the respiratory system
  • Aids the digestive system
  • Enhances physical activity
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Allergic components removal
Egmont Honey Manuka Honey - MGO 263+ UMF 10+ - 17.6oz Original from New Zealand (500g)
64 Reviews
Egmont Honey Manuka Honey - MGO 263+ UMF 10+ - 17.6oz Original from New Zealand (500g)
  • PUREST & FINEST SUPERFOOD MANUKA HONEY – With access to the most remote land in New Zealand accessible only by helicopter, Egmont Honey bee hives are located deep inside the best Manuka forests in the world
  • NATURE’S FINEST SUPERFOOD – The amazing natural creamy flavour of Egmont Honey is great for complementing smoothies and health drinks or alternatively can simply be taken off the spoon each morning with breakfast as a general health-kick.
  • FULL TRACEABILITY & QUALITY CHECKS – Our close network of bee keepers are selected based on extremely high quality standards. At Egmont Honey we believe this is the best way to ensure full traceability of our supply chain, allowing us to quality check every single operation within our network.
  • CERTIFIED & LABORATORY TESTED: Egmont's Manuka Honey contains at least 263+ MGO/kg
New Zealand Honey Co. Manuka Honey UMF 15+ / MGO 514+| 3 x Value Pack (17.6oz)
2 Reviews
New Zealand Honey Co. Manuka Honey UMF 15+ / MGO 514+| 3 x Value Pack (17.6oz)
  • MANUKA HONEY – Raw New Zealand Manuka Honey is a known superfood; used for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. May support digestive and immune health and relieve symptoms of sore throats and coughs
  • SUPERCHARGE YOUR FOOD – Boost your everyday food with our Manuka honey. Our UMF 15+ can act to increase the benefits of many foods; health shakes and drinks, muesli, marinades, etc.
  • 100% NEW ZEALAND MADE – All our Honey is foraged, harvested, packed and tested in New Zealand, all our batches are independently tested, meaning you can be completely sure what you receive is 100% genuine, as stated on the jar
  • UMF CERTIFIED – We are a member of the UMF association; this means that our honey meets strict grading criteria and what is stated on the label is guaranteed at a minimum
  • 3 x PACK VALUE - Get 3 x 17.6oz Jars of New Zealand Honey Co. UMF 15+ MGO 514+ for the best value
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Manuka Health - MGO 400+ Manuka Honey, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey, 8.8 Ounce
3,106 Reviews
Manuka Health - MGO 400+ Manuka Honey, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey, 8.8 Ounce
  • NATURE MEETS SCIENCE: MGO 400+ is deliciously smooth and expertly crafted to naturally support general wellness; Featured for its quality and potency on Good Morning America.
  • NEW ZEALAND BORN: Our master beekeepers and bees are key to preserving the quality and natural properties of our Manuka honey.
  • MEASURING THE MAGIC: We judge Manuka honey based on the quantity of methylglyoxal, the "magic Manuka ingredient," for a precise measurement of potency and quality.
  • BEFORE REACHING YOUR DOORSTEP: Our honey undergoes independent quality testing in an ISO17025 accredited laboratory to ensure quality, purity, and safety.
  • MANUKA WAY OF LIFE: Our mission is to share the healing power of New Zealand nature to reconnect you with natural wellness.

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