Month: April 2017

12 Apr

What Makes Honey Beneficial for Skin?

Honey has long been haled as the miracle cure for skin of all types. It has been used since ancient times to treat cuts, burns, and reduce skin swellings. It is not only blessed with powerful skin saving antioxidants, but also contains amazing anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties.

  • Anti-inflammatory means your inflamed red acne will be soothed and healed, making them less pronounced.
  • Antibacterial and antiseptic properties will help fight off acne causing germs and bacteria, staving off more acne and pimples.

Let’s explore the potent nutrients in raw honey for its nourishing benefits to skin. Below, learn about three different face masks you can try out for yourself at home, each with a different benefit.

 

Nutrient
Benefit for Skin
Vitamin B1
For proper skin functioning and healthy skin.
Vitamin B2
Protects skin from damage against free radicals.
Vitamin B6
Necessary for new skin cell formation. Keeps skin moisturized and healthy.
Vitamin B3
Anti-inflammatory. Reduces skin and acne inflammations. Moisturizes and hydrates dry skin
Vitamin C
Rich in vitamin C, raw honey is used for healing topical symptoms such as dry skin and rashes.
Zinc
Fights free radical activity. Slows down aging process of skin.

 

Honey contains a hefty serving of antioxidants for moisturized and vibrant skin. Polyphenols in honey destroy free radicals that cause oxidative stress in skin cells, thereby slowing down the aging process of skin.

 

 

 

12 Apr

Honey Face Mask : Acne Blaster

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel powder
  • 1 teaspoons oats

Directions:

  1. Mix the above ingredients thoroughly in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Coat your face with the mixture using clean fingers.
  3. Let it settle for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, you can lie down, close your eyes and relax as the mask does its magic. When the time is up, rinse your face, and pat dry with a clean towel.

Tips:

  1. Use raw organic honey for best results. Processed honey may cause skin irritation and rashes!
  2. It doesn’t matter what type of oats you use. You can use either brown oats or white oats.
  3. Be gentle with your skin when applying. Gently apply a thick coat. Do not rub it harshly on your skin as this may cause your skin to become red and unsightly.
12 Apr

Honey Face Mask : Skin Hydrating

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/ 4 ripe avocado

Directions:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, mash ¼ an avocado with the back of a fork or blend if it’s more convenient for you.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon coconut oil and mix thoroughly.
  3. Using clean fingers, apply a thick coat of this mixture onto your face.
  4. Sit for fifteen minutes while you let the mask do its work. You can use this time to soak in a bath or get lunch ready.
  5. When the time is up, gently scrub off the mask using warm water. When it’s all off, splash cold water onto your face to close your pores. Pat dry with a towel.

Enjoy the silky new feel and look of your moisturized skin,

Tips

  1. Use a ripe avocado so it’s easier to mash with a fork.
  2. Avoid the eye and mouth area when applying the mixture, as these are more sensitive compared to other parts of your face; and the tightening and stretching of the mask may cause wrinkles.
  3. Before applying, wash your face with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel or steam your face. This is simply to open up your pores so the nutrients can sink deep into your skin.
12 Apr

Honey Face Mask : Scar Fading

Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Mix all the above ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Using clean finger tips, apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your face.
  3. Sit for 15 to 30 minutes to let the face mask settle and get absorbed deep into your skin.
  4. When the time is up, rinse off with warm water, and pat dry with a clean towel.

You are sure to notice a delightful improvement to your acne scars which will appear less visible than before

Tips

  1. Be sure to add only ½ a teaspoon or at least five drops of lemon juice. You don’t want your skin to have a harsh red complexion plus a burning sensation! It’s nasty, trust me.
  2. Don’t rub or massage as you wash it off because you don’t want the ingredients to exfoliate your skin even more. It will leave your skin dry, causing your oil glands to produce more sebum, which may cause more acne!
  3. This mask is a bit sticky and can be a pain to get off. Simply, use lukewarm water and gently scrub your face until it starts smoothly coming off. Then you can use cold water to wipe off the rest.
8 Apr

Honey Kills A Wide Range of Cancers

The review focused on the potential of honey to affect a variety of cancers, including:
 
Liver Cancer: Gelam honey has been found to kill liver cancer cells, exhibiting selective cytotoxicity, anti-angiogenic, cytotoxic, and anti-proliferative properties, in both cell and animal research.
 
Colorectal Cancer: gelam and nenas monofloral honeys exhibit anti-cancer properties in colorectal cell lines.
 
Prostate Cancer: Greek honeys (thyme, pine and fir honey) have been found to exhibit anti-proliferative properties.
 
Other Forms of Cancer : There has been a battery of studies on the anti-cancer properties of honey, focusing on the following types:
a) bladder
b) endometrial
c) renal cell carcinoma
d) skin cancer cells
e) cervical
f) non-small cell lung cancer
g) mouth cancer
h) bone cancer (osteosarcoma)
 
 
8 Apr

Honey: A Powerful Anti-Cancer Agent

Most of us know honey as a sweet treat, but few are aware of its powerful cancer killing properties.
Honey is a superlative healing food.  We know it has over 69 health benefits, as confirmed by the biomedical literature itself. But did you know it could be of profound benefit in diseases as life threatening and seemingly incurable as cancer?

Indeed, a recent study published the journal Molecules looked at the role of honey in positively impacting the development and progression of tumors or cancers. The review identified the presence of flavonoids and phenolic acids in honey as the primary anti-cancer compounds involved in its beneficial properties.
According to the study, flavonoids are biologically active natural compounds with a 15-carbon (C6-C3-C6) structure, comprising two benzene rings joined by a heterocyclic pyrane ring, with honey containing the following:

  • Chrysin
  • Kaempeferol
  • Quercetin
  • Pinobanksin
  • Pinocembrin
  • Luteolin
  • Apigenin
  • Hesperetin
  • Naringenin
  • Genistein

Interestingly, many of these flavonoids are classified as phytoestrogens, which are phytochemicals structurally similar to mammalian estrogens and therefore can bind to estrogen receptors.  While many of these honey-derived flavonoids have been demonstrated to have both inhibitory and stimulatory effects, the vast majority of the cell (in vitro) and animal (in vivo) studies have demonstrated the anti-breast and estrogen sensitive cancer properties of these compounds, indicating that flavonoid rich honeys are likely to positively influence estrogenic activity in estrogen-receptor positive cancers.

Furthermore, some honeys – such as Tualang honey – exhibit the property of selective cytotoxicity, meaning they target cancer cells by inducing programmed cell death while leaving non-cancerous cells unharmed. This is extremely different than the mechanism of action behind conventional chemotherapy agents and radiotherapy which indiscriminately target both healthy and cancerous tissue, often conferring increased survival advantage to the most tumorigenic cells themselves: cancer stem cells.

Unlike chemotherapy and radiotherapy, natural compounds commonly exhibit this ‘do no harm’ property when it comes to healthy tissue, while at the same time being exceptionally effective at targeting the harmful cells.
Honey Better than Chemotherapy?

Another recent study compared the effect of Tualang honey with that of the pharmaceutical tamoxifen (an estrogen receptor antagonist) in two breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231). The study found that the anti-cancer effect of tualang honey on breast cancer cells was comparable to that of tamoxifen, a multi-billion dollar blockbuster drug. This is all the more remarkable, considering that Tamoxifen is classified by the World Health Organization and the American Cancer Society to be a human carcinogen, and is technically a xenobiotic chemical – inherently toxic and biologically alien to human physiology.

Honey Kills Cancer in Animals

According to the study, animal research has established honey’s significant anti-cancer properties, specifically in regard to inhibiting metastasis (invasiveness):

“Several studies have also confirmed the antimetastic, antiproliferative and anticancer effects of honey on breast tumor or cancer in rodents. In a murine (mammary carcinoma) tumor model, the anti-metastatic effect of honey when applied before tumor-cell inoculation has been reported [40]. The antimetastatic effect of honey may be due to its flavonoids such chrysin which have been shown to inhibit the metastatic potential of human breast cancer cells [41]. Similarly, a study investigated the antitumor effect of two honey samples containing different phenolic contents against Ehrlich ascites and solid carcinoma. Both honeys were found to markedly inhibit the growth of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma, but the honey containing higher phenolic content exerted a greater antitumor effect [42]. Research carried out by Tomasin and Gomes-Marcondes investigated the effects of combined Aloe vera and honey on tumor growth and cell proliferation against Walker 256 carcinoma implant in Wistar rats. Both agents were found to suppress tumor growth and inhibit cell proliferation [43].”

Honey Kills A Wide Range of Cancers

The review focused on the potential of honey to affect a variety of cancers, including:

Liver Cancer: Gelam honey has been found to kill liver cancer cells, exhibiting selective cytotoxicity, anti-angiogenic, cytotoxic, and anti-proliferative properties, in both cell and animal research.

Colorectal Cancer: gelam and nenas monofloral honeys exhibit anti-cancer properites in colorectal cell lines.
Prostate Cancer: Greek honeys (thyme, pine and fir honey) have been found to exhibit anti-proliferative properties.
Other Forms of Cancer: There has been a battery of studies on the anti-cancer properties of honey, focusing on the following types: a) bladder b) endometrial c) renal cell carcinoma d) skin cancer cells e) cervical f) non-small cell lung cancer g) mouth cancer h) bone cancer (osteosarcoma).

What are the Mechanisms of Honey’s Anti-Cancer Properties?

There are a wide range of observed mechanisms of honey’s cancer-killing properties, which include:
Cell Cycle Arrest – The normal process of cancer cell replication is halted.

Activation of the Mitochondrial Pathway – compounds or agents such as honey rich in flavonoids that are capable of activating mitochondrial pathway and release of proteins such as cytochrome C are considered potential cytotoxic (cell killing) agents.

Induction of Mitochondrial Outer Membrane Permeabilization  – The induction of mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP) leads to leakage of intermembrane space proteins into the cytosol and consequently causing cell death.

Induction of Programmed Cell Death (Apoptosis): The activation of a “cell death” program designed to protect against cancer.

Modulation of Oxidative Stress: It is believed that honey’s antioxidant properties may nip one of the fundamental processes in cancer’s progression – oxidative stress – in the bud.

Amelioration of Inflammation: Inflammation is at the root of many cancers, and since honey is able to suppress it, it is can significant impact carcinogenesis.

Modulation of Insulin Signaling: Because cancer is associated with increased insulin resistance and honey is capable of reducing insulin resistance, it is believed to mitigate a major driving factor in carcinogenesis.

Inhibition of Angiogenesis: Honey has been found to inhibit the fundamental process of cancer expansion (the production of a new blood supply) by inhibiting angiogenesis.

The study reviewed all possible avenues through which honey suppressed cancer, with 20 depicted in the image below:

The study concluded with following summarization:

“Honey is a natural product that shows potential effects to inhibit or suppress the development and progression of tumor and cancer. Its antiproliferative, antitumor, antimetastic and anticancer effects are mediated via diverse mechanisms, including cell cycle arrest, activation of mitochondrial pathway, induction of mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization, induction of apoptosis, modulation of oxidative stress, amelioration of inflammation, modulation of insulin signaling, and inhibition of angiogenesis in cancer cells. Honey is highly and selectively cytotoxic against tumor or cancer cells while it is non-cytotoxic to normal cells. It can inhibit cancerogenesis by modulating or interfering with the molecular processes or events of initiation, promotion, and progression stages. It, therefore, can be considered a potential and promising anticancer agent which warrants further research—both in experimental and clinical studies.”

Read more on this : http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/honey-powerful-anti-cancer-agent

7 Apr

How Is Gelam Honey ?

Gelam honey is produced from Melaleuca species, especially from Melaleuca leucadendra, aka Melaleuca leucadendron, Cajeput tree, Tea tree or White tree. Not from the Tea Tree the essential oils are made, not from the tea trees our green or black teas are made, or from the tea tree the manuka honey is made.

It is one of the main monofloral Malaysian honeys, among acacia, pineapple, nenas, longan, rubber tree, sourwood. Their polyfloral honey include: kelulut and tualang honey.

These days, gelam honey has become very popular and raise the science attention due to its high total phenolic content and high concentration of flavonoids.

Phenolic compounds that have been found in Gelam honey: ascorbic acid, catecilin, benzoic acid, naringenin, luteolin, kaempferol and apigenin.

The researchers reported that the extracted phenolic and flavanoid content from Gelam honey showed in-vitro anti-inflammatory effect and they stated that gelam honey has a potential therapeutic value in an inflammatory conditions.

In addition, other research has found that gelam honey has been found to kill liver cancer cells, exhibiting selective cytotoxicity, anti-angiogenic, cytotoxic, and anti-proliferative properties, in both cell and animal research. Both, gelam and nenas monofloral honeys exhibit anti-cancer properties in colorectal cell lines.

In addition, other research has found that gelam honey has been found to kill liver cancer cells, exhibiting selective cytotoxicity, anti-angiogenic, cytotoxic, and anti-proliferative properties, in both cell and animal research. Both, gelam and nenas monofloral honeys exhibit anti-cancer properties in colorectal cell lines.

More on honey : https://www.facebook.com/tualangwildbeehoney

5 Apr

Protective Effects Of Tualang Honey On Bone Structure In Experimental Postmenopausal Rats.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of Tualang honey on trabecular structure and compare these effects with those of calcium supplementation in ovariectomized rats.

Forty female, Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups (n =8): four controls and one test arm. The control arm comprised a baseline control, sham-operated control, ovariectomized control, and ovariectomized calcium-treated rats (receiving 1% calcium in drinking water ad libitum). The test arm was composed of ovariectomized, Tualang honey-treated rats (received 0.2 g/kg body weight of Tualang honey). Both the sham-operated control and ovariectomized control groups received vehicle treatment (deionized water), and the baseline control group was sacrificed without treatment.

All rats were orally gavaged daily for six weeks after day one post-surgery. The bone structural analysis of rats in the test arm group showed a significant increase in the bone volume per tissue volume (BV/TV), trabecular thickness (Tb.Th) and trabecular number (Tb.N) and a significant decrease in inter-trabecular space (Tb.Sp) compared with the ovariectomized control group. The trabecular thickness (Tb.Th) in the test arm group was significantly higher compared with the ovariectomized-calcium treated group, and the inter-trabecular space (Tb.Sp) in the test arm group was significantly narrower compared with the ovariectomized-calcium treated group.
In conclusion, ovariectomized rats that received Tualang honey showed more improvements in trabecular bone structure than the rats that received calcium.

Zaid SS, Sulaiman SA, Othman NH, Soelaiman IN…
Clinics (Sao Paulo) Jul 2012

5 Apr

Tualang Honey Benefits Bones

Tualang honey benefits come from bees that nest high in the tualang tree, a very tall tree found in the jungles of South East Asia. These bees collect pollen and nectar from various wild flowers in the area and many think this is the reason why this honey has been shown to have so many beneficial effects.
NOTE: This honey is also known as Koompasia excelsa or Semerak honey.

Scientific studies concerning its effect on bone.

1.A study at the Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil published in November of 2012 concluded that tualang honey built trabecular bone in laboratory rats better than supplemental calcium. 

2. There are also studies with  postmenopausal women that showed positive effects of this honey on bone density.

A. One  was done by H. Lily, N. H. Nik Hazlina, S. Siti Amrah, et al.,and it was published in  Proceedings of the 2nd International

 Conference on the Medicinal Use of Honey, vol. 2 of  Journal of ApiProduct and ApiMedical Science, no. 1, pp. 31–60, Kota Bharu, Malaysia, 2010. Ths study reported  ” that daily intake of Tualang honey at 20 mg/day for four months was found to be safe and
exerted the same effect on bone densitometry when compared to hormone replacement therapy.”

 B. A later study (2012) was published in Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, “The Effects of Tualang Honey on Bone  Metabolism of Postmenopausal Women” by Nadia Mohd Effendy, Norazlina Mohamed, Isa Naina Mohamad and Ahmad Nazrun Shuid.

The ABSTRACT of this study states:  

“Osteoporosis which is characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration with a consequent increase in bone fragility can be associated with various stimuli such as oxidative stress and inflammation. Postmenopausal women are more prone to osteoporosis  due to reduction in estrogen which may further  lead to elevation of oxidative stress and lipid accumulation which will promote osteoblasts apoptosis. Proinflammatory cytokines are elevated following estrogen deficiency. These cytokines are important  determinants of osteoclasts differentiation and its bone resorption activity. The main treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis is estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). Despite its effectiveness, ERT, however, can cause many adverse effects. Therefore, alternative  treatment that is rich in antioxidant and can exert an anti-inflammatory effect can be given to replace the conventional ERT.

Tualang honey is one of the best options available as it contains antioxidant as well as exerting anti-inflammatory effect which can act as a free radical scavenger, reducing the oxidative stress level as well as inhibiting proinflammatory cytokine. This will result in survival of osteoblasts, reduced osteoclastogenic activity, and consequently, reduce bone loss. Hence, Tualang honey can be used as an alternative treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis with minimal side effects.

5 Apr

Tualang Honey Effective In Treatment Of Osteoporosis

Tualang honey is effective in the treatment of osteoporosis in menopausal women, putting it on par with modern medicine, says a Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) study.

Its Deputy Dean (Research Division) School of Medical Science, Prof Dr Rosline Hassan said the finding was the result of research since 2006 on a group of women aged 45 years and above.

“We made a comparison between women who are given 20 grammes of Tualang honey daily for four months with women given modern medicine. The study found that Tualang honey has the same effects as modern medicine in terms of bone density,” she told Bernama on the sidelines of the Natural Product Research in Health colloquium at USM campus, Kubang Kerian.

“Similar studies conducted on smokers found that their toxicity level dropped after taking 20 grammes of Tualang honey daily for three months.

“Scientific proof shows that natural products have their own advantages”

5 Apr

Tualang Honey Effective In Treatment Of Osteoporosis

Tualang honey is effective in the treatment of osteoporosis in menopausal women, putting it on par with modern medicine, says a Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) study.

Its Deputy Dean (Research Division) School of Medical Science, Prof Dr Rosline Hassan said the finding was the result of research since 2006 on a group of women aged 45 years and above.

“We made a comparison between women who are given 20 grammes of Tualang honey daily for four months with women given modern medicine. The study found that Tualang honey has the same effects as modern medicine in terms of bone density,” she told Bernama on the sidelines of the Natural Product Research in Health colloquium at USM campus, Kubang Kerian.

“Similar studies conducted on smokers found that their toxicity level dropped after taking 20 grammes of Tualang honey daily for three months.

“Scientific proof shows that natural products have their own advantages”

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