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    Measuring the magic

    The true power of mānuka honey, propolis and royal jelly is a secret only known to nature. 

    Yet Mānuka Health has taken great strides towards uncovering the many mysteries behind this luminous trilogy’s most miraculous properties. 

    In a profound collision of science and nature, our remarkable team have refined our understanding – and redefined the potential – of these three treasured gifts. Harnessing and enhancing them for us all to see and savor their benefits. 



    Mānuka honey’s raw wonder

    By 2006, British hospitals had begun using mānuka honey to overpower antibiotic-resistant superbugs and pathogens. This news sparked an international sensation, and ignited a gold rush for mānuka products. 

    That very same year, an earth-shattering discovery shed light on the mystery behind the magic. Methylglyoxal (MGO), a powerful bioactive compound, was revealed to be responsible for mānuka honey’s potent antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 

    The discovery drove Mānuka Health’s team to create a whole new system that would forever shape the way the world understands mānuka honey. Since 2008, our MGO rating has morphed into an international standard of mānuka. Helping measure its intangible magic, and instilling confidence in the power and potency of each drop.




    Pioneers in propolis

    Propolis is a natural antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It’s created by bees to protect and preserve the hive; and it has the power to protect us humans, too. 

    Together with the world’s most skilled scientists, Mānuka Health pioneered the process of extracting and testing the unique bioactives imbued within New Zealand propolis. This solidified a seminal standard for propolis. Certifying beyond compare the bioactive properties of New Zealand propolis,  and guaranteeing the potency and purity of Mānuka Health’s propolis-infused products. 



    Royal jelly and eternal radiance

    Royal jelly is the queen-maker. The elusive elixir generated by the bees, fed to those destined to become royalty. Dining on an exclusive diet of royal jelly alone, the queen bee lives 40 times longer than her subjects. In human terms, that would make us 3,200 years old; born even before Jesus. 

    The world reveres royal jelly for its regenerating, rejuvenating and replenishing abilities. Antioxidant and nutrient-rich, it enriches the body within and without. Royal jelly is also the only source of 10H2DA known in nature. This incredible compound is as magical as it is mysterious. And its wild elegance is encapsulated in each capsule of Mānuka Health royal jelly.

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    Our research partners provide the pivotal momentum behind each pioneering step we take. Together we have forged a union of understanding between science and nature, built across more than a decade.

    These are the industry leaders whose expertise is infused into everything we do. Unlocking our ability to harness nature’s gifts of mānuka honey, propolis and royal jelly, and refine the trilogy into a holistic wellness-wide system for life.

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    Dr. Asli Tanugur Samanci

    Dr. Asli Elif Tanugur Samanci is a passionate food engineer and biologist, with over 20 years of experience in bee products. She is an expert in this arena, with a wealth of experience behind her.  

    Dr. Samanci has accumulated deep understanding and vast knowledge in every element from harvesting, to product development, to processing, to applications. She has played a key role in the development of Mānuka Health’s propolis, royal jelly and bee venom range. 

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    Dr. Owen Catchpole

    Recognised and renowned across the scientific world, Dr Catchpole is a lead scientist at Callaghan Innovation. He has been seconded to Mānuka Health ever since 2012 – collaborating with our R&D team to evolve and refine our mānuka honey and propolis products. Dr Catchpole has spent years researching the elusive power of propolis, and his significant findings on Mānuka Health’s BIO New Zealand Propolis have been published.

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    Professor Thomas Henle

    Professor Henle is Head of the Institute of Food and Chemistry at one of Germany’s most prestigious educational institutions; the Technical University of Dresden. Alongside his team, Professor Henle published a groundbreaking paper that identified methlyglyoxal (MGO) as the miraculous compound that defines the potency and power of mānuka honey.

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    Professor Peter Molan


    Professor Molan was the world’s foremost mānuka honey expert, and founder of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Long considered the father of the mānuka honey industry, Professor Molan’s work has had a profound and infinite impact on the way we perceive mānuka honey and its wondrous wound-healing potential.