Ways to Choose the Right Manuka Honey in Singapore

Ways to Choose the Right Manuka Honey in Singapore

Ways to Choose the Right Manuka Honey in Singapore

With so many choices of Manuka Honey, it is quite challenging to find the right one for you.  This is especially so in a retail haven such as Singapore. 

What are the Benefits of Manuka Honey?

To first learn how to choose good Manuka Honey in Singapore, it is important to know the generally known benefits. This is so that one can learn to verify the benefits after consumption.

(Unfortunately, there is no direct way for consumers to verify the authenticity of Manuka Honey without sending it to the lab for testing.)

The following are the known benefits of Manuka Honey 

  • Accelerating the Healing of Wounds

When one applies directly on affected areas, it provides a protective barrier that keeps the wound moisturised while preventing microbial infections.


  • Promoting Oral Health

Manuka honey's Methylglyoxal or MGO content prevents the growth of damaging oral bacteria that you can get from gum inflammation, tooth decay, and plaque formation. By destroying these bacteria, Manuka honey keeps your mouth healthy.

  • Soothing Sore Throat

Manuka honey soothes sore throats. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties reduce inflammation and destroy the bacteria that causes pain.  In addition, its thick consistency coats your throat lining to extend its healing powers.


  • Treating Acne

Since bacteria is one of the main causes of acne, you can prevent breakouts by minimising the bacteria that penetrate the skin. By applying Manuka honey on the face, you provide a protective layer to fight against bacteria while it expedites the healing process of existing acne. To get the best results, you can combine Manuka honey with a low-pH facial product.

What do you need to consider when buying Manuka Honey in Singapore?

Very much like regular honey, Manuka honey comes in different brands, grades, and types, which you can find in Supermarkets, Organic Food shops, and Online Grocery stores. However, not all types of Manuka Honey are made equal. 

Here are some tips and considerations in choosing the best Manuka honey for you.

  • Grading (UMF and MGO)

To judge the quality of Manuka honey, you need to consider the following grading criteria:
  1. Unique Manuka Factor (or UMF) is the commonly known grading value for Manuka Honey. 
  2. Another grading value is Methylglyoxal (or MGO).  This is known to be directly responsible for the characteristic antibacterial properties of manuka honey.

We have a comprehensive article on the comparison of UMF and MGO gradings here.

  • Source

We are lucky in Singapore that all our import foods require some form of verification for proof of authenticity.  In addition, all importers are required to have a Food Recall Procedure in place in case any complaints are being made to the authorities.

 The governance itself gives some assurance to our consumers.

With this in mind, the next criteria you need to look into is its origin. Some questions you may want to ask yourself are as follows:

    • Is it organic certified?
    • Does the label contain the proper nutrition label? If yes, does the Manuka Honey indicate any additives?
If you need more information on the source, a reliable brand will share the details on their websites and other platforms for full transparency.
Beyond Health Manuka Honey Nutrition Table
  • Harvesting

Apart from sourcing, you also need to check the harvesting practices used by the farms and beekeepers from which they were sourced from. 

Responsible beekeepers do not feed their bees with corn syrup, sugar, or antibiotics unnecessarily.  This is because it may affect the bee's health and thus the honey they produce.  Australia and New Zealand have strict standards on such practices and you need to know if your producer actually follows them.
In addition to the health of the bees, beekeepers need to harvest Manuka honey with 18% moisture or less to ensure that it can be stored for longer periods without fermenting.
Beekeeper Harvesting Manuka Honey
  • Reviews

Usually, you would find reputable honeys with lots of reviews on the respective e-commerce platforms such as Qoo10, Lazada and Shopee.
Although not 100% scientific, you can gauge the acceptance level of the honey among the consumers.
If you are keen, feel free to our popular Manuka Honey here.  It has been sold in Tasmania for many years and well-liked by the locals!
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