It’s Not Honey, But Bees Make It, and It Fights Cancer.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) December 15, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study showing that bee propolis has many nutrients that could help fight cancer in humans.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/its-not-honey-but-bees-make-it-and-it-fights-cancer) notes, while honey has recently gained a reputation as an excellent health food, there is another bee-produced product that may do even more. Propolis—a substance bees manufacture from tree sap and buds, and other plant sources—is very rich in the antioxidants that could help prevent cancer.
As the article “It’s Not Honey, But Bees Make It, and It Fights Cancer” reports, recent research indicates that bees use propolis for several purposes, the most important being its use as an antibacterial medium. In fact, propolis works so well as a sterilizer that if a small animal like a mouse makes its way into the hive and dies, the bees will cover its body in propolis to prevent it from rotting and potentially infecting the hive.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains that since it is made of concentrated vegetable matter, propolis is full of antioxidants that can help fight the growth of human cancer cells.
The article outlines the findings of researchers in Brazil who recently analyzed red bee propolis to determine if it had antioxidant or even antitumor properties. They found that propolis is rich in the types of polyphenols that could eliminate free radicals before they have a chance to damage cells. In fact, these polyphenols exerted cytotoxic activity against both throat and cervical cancers.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports, researchers also found that Brazilian red propolis exerts antibacterial, antifungal, and antiradical activities, independently of its plant source and chemical composition. They suggest these remarkable qualities are because of the specific role propolis plays in the hive. Because propolis acts as a “chemical weapon” for bees against pathogens and other harmful microorganisms, the researchers conclude that it could do much the same in humans.
Bee propolis is available as an over-the-counter supplement.
(SOURCE: Frozza, C.O., et al., “Chemical Characterization, Antioxidant and Cytotoxic Activities of Brazilian Red Propolis,” Food and Chemical Toxicology, November 19, 2012; pii: S0278-6915(12)00820–4.)
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