Bee honey and cancer

publication date: Sep 24, 2009
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Journal of ApiProduct
& ApiMedical Science
                                            
Vol. 1 (3) pp. 93 - 103
DOI
Date
October 2009
 
Article Title

 
Bee honey and cancer


Author(s)


Nada Oršolić

Abstract
The benefits of bee honey in human health have long been recognized. Honey possesses antioxidant, chemopreventive, anti-atherogenic, immunoregulatory, antimicrobial and wound healing properties, however, the effects of honey on immune functions and its antitumour activity are  not well characterised. This review explores the immunomodulatory and antitumour activity of bee honey in experimental  studies and clinical studies and provides a broader perspective on the use of honey in the cancer setting. Evidence to support the use of honey  in the treatment of radiation-induced mucositis, radiotherapy-induced and chemotherapy-induced skin reactions,  the oral cavity and external surgical wounds is presented.
Keywords

Honey, cancer, animal models, tumour cell lines, immunomodulation

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