Can Honey Help Fight Cancer?
While some regard honey as a condiment to tea or toast, researchers have discovered a vastly different use for it. According to findings, a range of honey-bee products may be useful in the control of tumor growth.
Such products include:
- Royal jelly (produced in the salivary glands of worker bees)
- Bee venom
- Propolis (a resin-like substance used in the construction of honeycombs)
In order to discover whether or not these products aid in stopping the growth and spread of tumors, researchers conducted a series of experiments. They first generated tumors in mice — via the injection of cancer cells — and then gave the honey-bee products to different mice before, at the same time, or after the injection.
· Oral honey intake appeared to inhibit the development of tumors when given prior to the injection; however, when given afterwards the development of secondary cancers was amplified
· Simultaneously injecting the mice with royal jelly and tumor cells reduced the spread of cancer
· Tumors appeared to shrink after being injected with bee venom
· When propolis was injected into the mice, subcutaneous tumor growth significantly reduced, while survival time increased
BBC News December 5, 2004