Manuka vs Kelulut:  Let’s Talk Honey

Manuka vs Kelulut: Let’s Talk Honey

The three main benefits of Kelutut are that it is immune-boosting, highly anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich. Kelulut is packed with immune-boosting antioxidants to help with infections, unwanted bacteria, viruses and microorganisms in the body. It’s a great treatment for the upper respiratory infections and can help sooth out coughs. Kelulut’s anti-inflammatory properties help immensely with scarring, especially when they’re burn related wounds, as it has the ability to assist with tissue regeneration. The honey contains high levels of flavonoids, polyphenols and other powerful antioxidants, and has the ability to reduce oxidative stress in the body and prevent chronic diseases and conditions. 


Originally from New Zealand and Australia, Manuka is made by bees that pollinate the native manuka bush, hence its name. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that it’s benefits have been discovered. The major antibacterial component in Manuka is methylglyoxal (MG); the higher the MG component, the stronger the antibiotic effect and the higher the price tag. MG can come in high doses in Manuka due to the large concentration found in the nectar of manuka flowers. Today, Manuka is used for treating minor wounds and burns and to fight acne and inflammation. 

Manuka Vs. Kelulut

One teaspoon of Manuka contains 70 calories and 16 grams of sugar while Kelulut has about one third of the glycemic index, making it ideal for those who want to watch their weight or are diabetic but still want the benefits of a superfoods honey. Kelulut is also local, while Manuka is imported from Australia and New Zealand. In terms of price point, Manuka is charged based on the level of concentration of MG and can go up to hundreds of dollars, while Kelulut is RM139 (around USD $34). As for taste, Manuka can be pretty sweet, while Kelulut has a unique pleasant taste of sweet-sour. Those who care about social impact will also be happy to know that the Kelulut from PurelyB has been sourced from the Sabah Women Entrepreneur & Professional Association’s (SWEPA) Enrich Project, which aims to empower indigenous rural women living in remote villages in the rainforests of Borneo by providing them with life-improving skills such as the cultivation of Kelulut Honey. 

To find out more about PurelyB’s Kelulut Honey and how to buy, click below.