Journal of ApiProduct
& ApiMedical Science
Vol. 1 (3) pp. 93 – 103
October 2009
 Article Title

Bee honey and cancer


Nada Oršolic

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.

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

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