A 'Sweeter' Way to Treat Cancer?

Honey may Help Fight Cancer

Written by Alex Reid
Posted February 25, 2013

With all the poison hiding in all the processed foods offered at the grocery store, it’s both comforting and sobering to learn where to find healthier alternatives.

The threat of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and obesity are no laughing matter and millions of studies have emphasized how important diet is to prevention and treatment. But if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, surely you know how difficult it can be to fight off all those sweet cravings while maintaining a pro-active lifestyle in the hopes of preventing debilitating diseases.  

You may not be able to have your cake and eat it too, but you CAN have your honey and consume it guilt free – especially if it’s manuka honey, now linked to a very hopeful science experiment recently published in an international scientific journal.

Manuka trees are found in New Zealand and have long been a respectable part of the ecosystem due to their nectar’s unique anti-bacterial powers and ability to help wounds heal. But now, researchers have discovered that the manuka nectar has an even stronger advantageous effect…

According to UAE researchers, manuka honey possesses the ability to inhibit the growth of skin, breast, and colon cancer cells.

UAE Professor of Immunology & Chair Department of Microbiology and Immunology Al Ramadi says manuka honey is able to kill cancer cells through the same physiological process that the human body uses to maintain normal cell numbers.

Additionally, research suggests strong evidence that using this specific honey as a treatment method would be far less toxic to the human body than the more conventional alternative treatments like chemotherapy. Still, it is extremely effective in its apoptosis process – or programmed cell death in cancer cells.

From Med India:

Lead researcher Dr Basel Al Ramadi, professor and chairman of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, said that the team used three different cancer cells in the research.

"[It] demonstrated that the addition of exceedingly small amounts of manuka honey, as little as 1.0 per cent, can stop the growth of cancer cells," Gulf News quoted him as saying.

The researchers then carried out an extensive series of experiments to uncover the molecular basis of manuka's anti-cancer activity.

The team of researchers is optimistic about these findings and look forward to using this knowledge to develop safer forms of cancer treatments. This experiment has certainly opened up many doors for scientists and doctors searching for a 'sweeter' way to treat cancer.


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