Sunday, August 02, 2015

Benefits of Honey and Ways in Which You Can Use It

NDTV Food, July 28, 2015

The Benefits of Honey

1. Honey as an Energy Booster - According to National Honey Board, "Honey is a source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon, which makes it ideal for your working muscles since carbohydrates are the primary fuel the body uses for energy."  Honey is known to be a natural fuel and you should have a spoonful of it just before your workout. Like sugar, it's part fructose and part glucose which makes it a great energy booster.

2. Honey as an Anti-Bacterial - Honey has great anti-bacterial properties which is why it's always been a part of traditional medicine. But that does not mean all kinds of honey can be used for this purpose. How effective it is depends on where it's sourced from and how old it is.

3. Honey as an Anti-Inflammatory - As stated by Dr Ritika Samaddar, Dietics, Max Hospital, "Honey is a very effective remedy for anti-inflammation but not all kinds are helpful. Your popular, everyday brands are more synthetic and less natural so they might not help you at all. Try raw honey or naturally extracted honey because that can cure inflammation by throwing toxins out of your body."...

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow Recommends Bee Venom Therapy

Inquisitr, 7/28/2015

...This hasn’t been the first time Gwyneth Paltrow has offered up some fairly off-the-wall beauty and health tips to those following her website. Previously, Ms. Paltrow has practiced and recommended the use of bee stings to treat injuries. To be more clear, Gwyneth is suggesting that by provoking a live bee into stinging oneself, the venom transmitted into the bloodstream may heal another injury.

“The craziest treatment I’ve tried is one where I was stung by a live bee. It’s called apitherapy and it’s apparently been used since Egyptian times to promote healing,” Ms. Paltrow said...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ormond Beach Man Claims Bee Stings Cured Arthritis

News-Journal, July 27, 2015 
ORMOND BEACH – Jim Bray, 87, of Ormond Beach has been a beekeeper for 25 years. Although most people think of honey when they think of bees, Bray also respects another aspect of the bees, the venom. He claims that the venom from bee stings cured his arthritis.
“Two thousand years ago, in ancient Greece, Hippocrates was using bees to cure arthritis,” said Bray. “As a beekeeper, I wonder why we’ve known about this for so long and have done nothing with it.”
Bray allowed himself to be stung seven times about 6 years ago, he explained, to cure arthritis in his back.
“I’d almost cry when I had to get into bed,” he said. “After I got the stings on my body, I have had no problem since.”

Thursday, July 30, 2015

University of Hawaii Maui College to Offer 'Products of the Hive' Class

Opportunities to learn about bees, fruit trees

July 26, 2015, The Maui News

The University of Hawaii Maui College EdVenture program and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui are offering a series of bee-related classes next month.

An Intermediate Beekeeping class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at the college. The class is designed for current beekeepers and those ready to increase their knowledge and skills. Instructor Danielle Downey, an apiculture specialist, will cover bee health issues, including diseases and parasites, how to increase your apiary size, bee identification and honey production. The cost is $89.

A class on Products of the Hive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8, with instructor Noelani Waters, also an apiculture specialist. Participants will learn how to make various products using beeswax, propolis, pollen, royal jelly and honey. Potential products include soap, massage oil, body butter, lotion, salve and candles, and participants will be able to take home a sample of their work. The cost is $95...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Brazilian Stingless Bees Propolis Shows Therapeutic Activity

Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, and Cytotoxic Activities of Propolis from the Stingless Bee Tetragonisca fiebrigi (Jataí)

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:296186

Propolis from stingless bees Tetragonisca fiebrigi found in Brazil is used in folk medicine by their nutritional and therapeutic properties. However, there are no scientific records evidencing such properties.

The present study was designed to investigate the chemical composition and the biological properties of propolis from T. fiebrigi. For this, the chemical composition of the ethanol extract of propolis (EEP) was determined by GC-MS and presented phenolic compounds, alcohol, and terpenes as its major class compounds. The antimicrobial activity was accessed in gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and in fungi, isolated from different biological fluids and reference strains. The EEP was active against all microorganisms and showed antioxidant activity by scavenging free radicals, inhibiting hemolysis and lipid peroxidation in human erythrocytes incubated with an oxidizing agent. The anti-inflammatory potential of the EEP was confirmed by inhibition of the hyaluronidase enzyme. The cytotoxic activity was concentration-dependent against K562 cells, with a predominance of death by necrosis.

Taken together, these results show that propolis from T. fiebrigi has important therapeutic activities, which suggest its potential application in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in health foods, beverages, and nutritional supplements.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bee Venom May Help Treat Pain Caused by Spinal Cord Injuries

Repetitive Treatment with Diluted Bee Venom Attenuates the Induction of Below-Level Neuropathic Pain Behaviors in a Rat Spinal Cord Injury Model

Toxins (Basel). 2015 Jul 10;7(7):2571-85

The administration of diluted bee venom (DBV) into an acupuncture point has been utilized traditionally in Eastern medicine to treat chronic pain. We demonstrated previously that DBV has a potent anti-nociceptive efficacy in several rodent pain models. The present study was designed to examine the potential anti-nociceptive effect of repetitive DBV treatment in the development of below-level neuropathic pain in spinal cord injury (SCI) rats. DBV was applied into the Joksamli acupoint during the induction and maintenance phase following thoracic 13 (T13) spinal hemisection.

We examined the effect of repetitive DBV stimulation on SCI-induced bilateral pain behaviors, glia expression and motor function recovery. Repetitive DBV stimulation during the induction period, but not the maintenance, suppressed pain behavior in the ipsilateral hind paw. Moreover, SCI-induced increase in spinal glia expression was also suppressed by repetitive DBV treatment in the ipsilateral dorsal spinal cord. Finally, DBV injection facilitated motor function recovery as indicated by the Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan rating score.

These results indicate that the repetitive application of DBV during the induction phase not only decreased neuropathic pain behavior and glia expression, but also enhanced locomotor functional recovery after SCI. This study suggests that DBV acupuncture can be a potential clinical therapy for SCI management.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bee Venom Component May Help Treat Liver Cancer

Melittin induces PTCH1 expression by down-regulating MeCP2 in human hepatocellular carcinoma SMMC-7721 cells

Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2015 Jul 16

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has a high mortality rate worldwide and still remains to be a noticeable public health problem. Therefore, new remedies are urgently needed. Melittin, a major component of bee venom, is known to suppress cell growth in various cancers including HCC. However, the mechanism of the anticancer effect of melittin on HCC has not been fully elucidated. It has been reported that Methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2) plays a key role in tumor proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion.

In the present study, we found the high expression of MeCP2 in human HCC tissues and in SMMC-7721 cell line. MeCP2 silencing inhibited cell proliferation, while over-expression of MeCP2 promoted cell growth in SMMC-7721 cells. It indicates that MeCP2 may be an attractive target for human HCC. We further found that melittin could inhibit cell proliferation by reducing MeCP2 expression in vitro. Interestingly, the inhibitory effect of melittin on cell proliferation was due to a delay in G0/G1 cell cycle progression, without influencing cell apoptosis. Next, we investigated the potential molecular mechanisms and found that MeCP2 could modulate Shh signaling in SMMC-7721 cells. Further study indicates that melittin may induce the demethylation of PTCH1 promoter, resulting in the increased expression of PTCH1. Furthermore, the expression of Shh and GLI1 was significantly lowered upon treatment of melittin.

These results suggest that melittin can block Shh signaling in vitro. In short, these results indicate that melittin inhibits cell proliferation by down-regulating MeCP2 through Shh signaling in SMMC-7721 cells.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Brazilian Stingless Bee Pollen Has Good Nutritional Quality

Microbiological Assessment, Nutritional Characterization and Phenolic Compounds of Bee Pollen from Mellipona mandacaia Smith, 1983

Molecules. 2015 Jul 9;20(7):12525-12544

This study aims to assess the microbiological parameters and the chemical composition of 21 samples of stingless bee pollen (Melipona mandacaia) from two regions of Bahia, Brazil (João Dourado and Uibaí), with particular emphasis on the nutritional value, total phenols and flavonoids and fatty acids composition. Regarding the microbiological quality, the studied microorganisms (moulds and yeasts, coliforms, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella sp., psychrotrophic and sulfite-reducing Clostridia) were absent in all samples. On the other hand, the values obtained for the aerobic mesophilic microorganism ranged from 11.0 ± 1.0 to 1.32 ± 1.2 cfu∙g-1 (JD samples) and from 282 ± 3.82 to 688 ± 10.1 cfu∙g-1 (U samples).

The nutritional parameters (moisture, ash, water activity, pH, total acidity, protein, fiber, total phenolic, flavonoids and reducing sugars) were within the stipulated by law, except for pH and moisture content, which presented superior and inferior values, respectively. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (54.1%) were significantly higher than saturated (42.18%) and monounsaturated (3.71%).

It was found that the bee pollen is safe from the microbiological point of view and has a good nutritional quality. The influence of the geographical origin on the assessed parameters was evident, especially concerning the fatty acid profile.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Ian McKellen's 'Mr. Holmes' Takes Royal Jelly to Slow Memory Loss

Mr Holmes review: Ian McKellen magnificent as Sherlock in close to perfect story

SMH, 7/22/2015

It is 1947 and Holmes (Ian McKellen​) is 93, living in obscurity on the Sussex coast. Dr Watson has long since left to marry. The stout housekeeper, Mrs Munro (Laura Linney​) takes cares of his daily needs, while nursing her own bereavement. Two wars have left their marks. Her 10-year-old son Roger (Milo Parker) is all she has – and he thinks she's a bit thick.

Part of the film is the love story between man and boy, but it is not steeped in treacle. Roger is clever and fascinated by the fame and secrets of Mr Holmes, whose attic study is off-limits. The gruff Holmes likes his boldness, and his hard edge of intellect. He reminds Sherlock of himself. Both he and the boy are capable of being beastly towards "Mrs M". She worries about their friendship, which forms around Sherlock's beehives. Roger helps him to make royal jelly, from the secretions that worker bees use to create queens.

The second layer is about the great man's attempt to write the true story of his last case, before he loses his faculties. The royal jelly is supposed to slow  the loss of memory...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Bee Venom May Help Treat Enlarged Prostate (BHP)

A month of injections suppressed symptoms of enlarged prostate, a benign condition

Wall Street Journal, 7/20/2015

Honey-bee venom may be as effective as standard drug therapy for treating enlarged prostate, a common, but benign, condition in older men, suggests an animal study published online in Experimental Biology and Medicine.

A month of bee-venom injections significantly suppressed symptoms of enlarged prostate, termed benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), in rats compared with untreated rats.

Bee venom appeared to reduce inflammation and correct the imbalance between prostate-cell growth and cell death, which is associated with the development of BPH, the researchers said...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Propolis: a new frontier for wound healing?

Burns & Trauma
Published: 22 July 2015

Propolis is a resin produced by honeybees by mixing wax, pollen, salivary secretions, and collected natural resins.

The precise composition of propolis varies with the source, and over 300 chemical components belonging to the flavonoids, terpenes, and phenolic acids have been identified in propolis. Moreover, its chemical composition is subjected to the geographical location, botanical origin, and bee species.

Propolis and its compounds have been the focus of many works due to their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity; however, it is now recognized that propolis also possesses regenerative properties.

There is an increasing interest in the healing potential of natural products, considering the availability and low cost of these products. Propolis contains a huge number of compounds that explicate some biological effects that speeds up the healing process and is widely used in folk remedies.

This review aims to condense the results on the mechanism of activity of propolis and its compounds.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Turmeric Powder with Honey Helps Treat Oral Mucositis

Effectiveness of Indian Turmeric Powder with Honey as Complementary Therapy on Oral Mucositis: A Nursing Perspective among Cancer Patients in Mysore

Nurs J India. 7/17/2015

Oral mucositis is a common, debilitating complication of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, occurring in about 40 percent cases. Mucositis may limit the patient's ability to tolerate chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and nutrition status is compromised. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of Indian turmeric powder with honey as a complementary therapy on treatment induced oral mucositis.

In the study, quasi experimental non-equivalent control group pre test post-test design was used and non-probability purposive sampling technique was adopted to select 60 cancer patients with treatment induced oral mucositis, 30 each in experimental and control group. The independent 't' value for post-test 2 and 3 (post-test 2: 2.86 for WHO OMAS and 4.58 for MPJ OMAS, post test 2: 5.42 for WHO OMAS and 7.2 for MPJ OMAS; p < 0.05) were significant between experimental and control group.

It is inferred that the application of Indian turmeric and honey on treatment-induced oral mucositis is effective.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Brazilian Propolis Now Available in U.S.

NBTY's Vitamin World to Carry NaturaNectar's Exclusive Bee Propolis Products
Company is pioneer and only provider of exotic Brazilian Red Propolis

SUNRISE, Fla., July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NaturaNectar LLC, a world leader in bee propolis products, announced today that its innovative and exclusive line of premium Brazilian Bee Propolis products is now available at all 400 Vitamin World outlets throughout the continental USA, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.  "We are so excited to have our products, especially our exclusive Red Bee Propolis from Brazil available to consumers in many cities where Vitamin World has a strong presence," said J.L. Paes-Leme, Founder and CEO of NaturaNectar LLC...

Monday, July 20, 2015

Natural "Designer Honey" and Adjuvant Pesticides Being Readied for US and International Markets

PRLog - July 12, 2015 - BANNER ELK, N.C. -- ~ Joy Mann, CEO of RMANNCO, Inc. has announced the filing of multiple international patent applications regarding new products planned to be introduced in early 2016.  Mann said that a new way that enables chemical transport of selected chemicals that can be metabolized by honeybees (both mellifera and meliponines) to create new kinds of honey and to help control hive pests has been developed by RMANNCO's Chief Scientist, Dr. Joseph A. Resnick.  Based in Lenoir, NC, RMANNCO has offices in Las Vegas, NV, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Guizhou, China.

Using RMANNCO’s proprietary microencapsulation instrument/process, developed in collaboration with NASA, Dr. Resnick creates “pollen-sized” microcapsules that contain encapsulated substances, such as, Erythritol, a chemical compound containing Rebaudioside A-E and X, found in the Stevia plant, which is fed to honeybees to produce new kinds of 'Designer Honey'. Beneficial compounds, e.g., Reb A-E and X, extracted from the Stevia plant, have been shown beneficial for use by humans and are natural sweetener compounds that do not cause rises in the insulin levels in humans...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Chemical Composition of Propolis Depends on the Year of Collection

Antibiofilm Activity of Chilean Propolis on Streptococcus mutans Is Influenced by the Year of Collection

BioMed Research International
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 291351, 6 pages

The chemical composition of propolis varies according to factors that could have an influence on its biological properties. Polyphenols from propolis have demonstrated an inhibitory effect on Streptococcus mutans growth. However, it is not known if different years of propolis collection may affect its activity.

We aimed to elucidate if the year of collection of propolis influences its activity on Streptococcus mutans. Polyphenol-rich extracts were prepared from propolis collected in three different years, characterized by LC-MS and quantified the content of total polyphenols and flavonoids groups. Finally, was evaluated the antibacterial effect on Streptococcus mutans and the biofilm formation. Qualitative differences were observed in total polyphenols, flavones, and flavonols and the chemical composition between the extracts, affecting the strength of inhibition of biofilm formation but not the antimicrobial assays.

In conclusion, chemical composition of propolis depends on the year of collection and influences the strength of the inhibition of biofilm formation.