Kanuka Honey is rich in a specific type of glycoprotein called Arabinogalactan Proteins (AGPs) that exhibits potent immunomodulatory properties.
Our research has shown that AGPs are present in every honey, Kanuka has the highest concentration than the rest of the honeys in New Zealand.
We have developed a reliable and accurate test to measure AGPs present in honey which can be used by every commercial honey testing laboratory.
What are the functions of AGPs?AGPs are bioactive proteins found in the cell walls of plants. AGP has been scientifically proven to be immunostimulatory, meaning it has the ability to stimulate the immune system. AGPs are a rich source of anti-inflammatories and release a type of cytokine called macrophages from the immune system. Macrophages are highly specialised cells that can detect and destroy harmful bacteria while activating the pro-inflammatory process.
Kānuka vs MānukaThe Manuka tree has bigger single white flowers and small, long pointed green leaves. Kānuka has smaller clusters of white flowers and rounder green leaves.
Both trees are native New Zealand species, although Manuka is more widely found and more tolerant to cold. Kānuka likes it a bit warmer and doesn’t venture further south than the Otago region.