1750 mg/kg of methylglyoxal (MGO); that’s how much of the anti-bacterial compound was discovered in some batches of honey from the Australian lemon myrtle tree, making it powerful enough to treat wounds, viruses and even drug-resistant bacterial infections. Honey from the native myrtle tree, found along Australia’s eastern seaboard, has anti-bacterial properties which outperform all other medicinal honeys, including manuka, according to the University of Queensland researchers. Honey is effective at treating bacterial infections when its MGO is above 500mg/kg. Some batches of native myrtle honey have more than 1750mg/kg.
Written by Janine Israel, P. 19 of the Alive Australia Magazine, Winter 2011.