MGO origin in Manuka honey

MGO does not come from DHA collected by the bees from the Manuka nectar. That is what people used to think. The new discovery is discussed in the following videos.


Manuka honey is prized for its health-giving benefits. It is a magical product. MGO was identified many years ago as the molecule responsible for the biological activity. However, Peter Molan (The God Father of Manuka honey research in New Zealand) rightly suggested that it was more than just MGO. A synergy was responsible for the antimicrobial properties. The current story was being told that dihydroxyacetone (DHA) collected by the bees from the Manuka flower nectar gets converted into MGO on prolonged storage of the Manuka honey. Scientific research suggests that Manuka honey has too little water in it for this conversion to occur effectively. I discovered an alternative mechanism that involves the Manuka honey pollen that the bees collect from the Manuka flower. The pollen undergoes a process that generates a polymer containing glyoxal and this is a natural process that occurs during pollen germination. It uses hydroxyl radicals and photo-Fenton chemistry. The new story identifies that pollen is the natural origin of MGO during Manuka honey aging and not nectar DHA. #MGO #Manuka #honey #DHA #polymer #pollen #germination