Cancer is a deadly disease spreading all over the world in the recent decades. Medical world is fighting hard against cancer that is threatening the world in various forms.
A recent study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE has reported that Manuka honey contains properties that can inhibit the growth of cancer growths in the breasts, colon, and skin.
Honey has been used from ancient days to cure infections by germs. Recent studies have found that it has antibacterial properties. Manuka honey is a special type of honey that feeds on Manuka bush flowers which specifically have hydrogen peroxide that fights against bacteria.
Manuka honey in treating diseases
Manuka honey has been used for treating diseases such as diabetes, systemic inflammation, gastrointestinal problems and in treatment for infections. It is known to reduce high cholesterol levels. In addition to all these benefits, the recent discovery that Manuka honey can cure cancer is a great boon to the medical world.
The website WebMd states that Manuka honey prevents the damages caused by bacteria and that it stimulates the production of special cells that can repair tissue damaged by infection.
Recently, Professor Basel Al Ramadi, the lead researcher and head of the Microbiology and Immunology Department at UAE University has discovered that Manuka honey can be used to stop the growth of several types of cancer cells. It has proven that it can kill the cancer cells. It also helps to balance the cell division level, by directly inducing apoptosis or programmed cell death. Thus Manuka honey has been found to prevent and cure cancer diseases.
Unique content of manuka honey
It is the special component called Hydrogen peroxide, contained in all types of honey, that gives the antibiotic quality to honey.
But Manuka honey contains a special antibacterial component called methylglyoxal (MG) in more quantity, which is found in most types of honey, in smaller quantities.