Some foods on the planet are so powerful healers, with so many benefits that we are just starting to understand.
One of those foods is honey. It is made through the toiling of one of our most precious resources – the bees. But this sweet food is able to be far more than an addition to your toast or tea. It might be a medical treatment even for cancer.
The health benefits of honey are very important, as the substance holds antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic and antifungal properties. One recent review that was published in the journal Molecules tried to discover how honey worked to ameliorate different types of cancers. According to the report of Sayer Ji at GreenMedInfo, the research indicated phenolic acids and flavonoids as the primary compounds in the anti-cancer properties of the honey.
Many of the flavonoids are phytoestrogens and that means that they bind easily to estrogen receptors, increasing the positive influence that they have on the estrogen receptor or positive cancers. Some honey can target the cancer cells selectively in the “selective cytotoxicity”, where the healthy cells are left alone and the cancer cells are killed.
The anti-cancer properties of the honey have been monitored for years. Some studies have linked it to positive results in many forms of cancer, including colorectal, liver, bladder, prostate, skin, endometrial, mouth, lung, cervical, bone and renal cell carcinoma.
The Molecules review states that the honey is a natural product that shows the potential to inhibit the development and progression of cancer and tumor. Its antitumor, antiproliferative, anticancer and antimetastatic effects are mediated through the diverse mechanism, including cell cycle arrest, induction of mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization, activation of mitochondrial pathway, amelioration of inflammation, modulation of oxidative stress, induction of apoptosis, inhibition of angiogenesis in cancer cells and modulation of insulin signaling.
Honey is selectively and high cytotoxic against cancer cells and tumors, while it is non-cytotoxic to normal cells. It can inhibit cancerogenesis by interfering or modulating with the molecular processes or events of promotion, initiation, and progression stages. It, therefore, can be considered a promising and potential anticancer agent that permits further research in clinical and experimental studies.
They are only starting to understand the many potential benefits against the cancer of honey. It is becoming possible that this natural healer could be more effective and less harmful than conventional treatments like chemotherapy.
Another study comparing the effects of one chemo drug on breast cancer and tualang honey discovered that it could be comparable to the effects of a conventional chemo drug – tamoxifen, but without the side effects.
To their knowledge, this is the first study that supports evidence of modulation of TAM activity by honey and the combination of TAM and TH is more effective than either agent alone in inhibiting cell growth of both ER-negative and ER-positive breast cancer cells through direct induction of caspase-dependent apoptosis.