Sunday, August 10, 2008

Manuka Honey Reduces Colitis Inflammation

Effect of Different Doses of Manuka Honey in Experimentally Induced Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Rats
Phytotherapy Research, Published Online: 7 Aug 2008

Abstract: To evaluate the effect of different doses of Manuka honey in experimentally induced inflammatory bowel disease in rats…

Manuka honey at different doses provided protection against TNBS-induced colonic damage. There was significant protection with Manuka honey 5 g/kg as well as with 10 g/kg body weight compared with the control.

All the treated groups showed reduced colonic inflammation and all the biochemical parameters were significantly reduced compared with the control in the Manuka honey treated groups. Manuka honey at different doses restored lipid peroxidation as well as improved antioxidant parameters. Morphological and histological scores were significantly reduced in the low dose Manuka honey treated group.

In the inflammatory model of colitis, oral administration of Manuka honey 5 g/kg and Manuka honey 10 g/kg body weight significantly reduced the colonic inflammation. The present study indicates that Manuka honey is efficacious in the TNBS-induced rat colitis model, but these results require further confirmation in human studies.

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