Thursday, March 26, 2009

Honey May Help Heal Massive Bowel Resections

Small Bowel Responses to Enteral Honey and Glutamine Administration Following Massive Small Bowel Resection in Rabbit
African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, 2008 Dec; 37(4):309-14

The trophic effects of honey and glutamine in the healing and adaptation of the small bowel following intestinal resection were studied in some Nigerian non-descript breeds of rabbits…

Honey showed a better effect than control with a significant increase in villi width (18.2%), crypts depth (66.7%) and cellular mass (33.9%) and a non significant increase in gross residual bowel length (24.6%), and villus height (30.5%).

Our result shows that honey and glutamine have trophic effects on bowel mucosa healing and hyperplasia and have potential therapeutic effects on massive bowel resection in humans.

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