It effectively inhibits the growth of cancerous tumours in the breast, skin and colon, revelas study
Emirates 24/7, 2/26/2013
Researchers at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al Ain have discovered that Manuka honey effectively inhibits the growth of cancerous tumours in the breast, skin and colon.
In their study, which was carried out over five years, using animal skin tumour cells, the researchers administered manuka honey intravenously in conjunction with chemotherapy, and the results showed an improvement in the overall survival of the animal, local dailies reported.
The honey has long been known for its medicinal properties, particularly as an anti-bacterial agent, to heal wounds and soothe many skin conditions.
"Manuka honey has been recognised for its anti-bacterial and wound-healing properties for many years. However, the potential effect of manuka on cancer cells has not been investigated in detail," said Dr Basel Al Ramadi, professor and chairman of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the UAEU.
Professor Al Ramadi said the team used three different cancer cells (breast, skin and colon cancer) in the research and 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 by up to 70 per cent…