Category: Honey

6 Dec

How to Verify the Purity of Honey

Fake and impure honeys have become commonplace in the market today, despite many people’s preference for 100% bee-produced honey. Unfortunately, unless you live in the European Union or Florida, you may not be able to trust “pure honey” labels. Because of the wide variety of honeys and the large number of sugar syrups or other ingredients that unscrupulous manufacturers dilute it with, no single home test is completely successful. Use several of these tests if possible to obtain a good guess about whether or not your honey is pure.

So, how can we differentiate 100% pure honey and adulterated honey?

There is a rising number of visitors to Benefits of Honey writing to me and asking this question. Unfortunately, I don’t really have a clear answer to this, but would like to share my experience and thoughts about this issue from a honey consumer perspective.

The term “adulterated honey” implies that the honey has been added glucose, dextrose, molasses, corn syrup, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, starch, or any other similar product, other than the floral nectar gathered, processed, and stored in the comb by honey bees. Legal standards and requirements for foods, including honey quality, and tests for honey adulteration vary widely amongst countries and some may not meet the wish of every consumer around the world.

Personally, when selecting honey in the shop, I think it’s almost impossible to tell the bad from the good by just looking at the honey content through the jar or studying its food and nutrition labels. My take is always — go for the trusted or better known brands. The best is to be able to ask the source or supplier of the honey questions about the honey origin and how the honey is harvested and processed to get an assurance on the quality. However, this is not always possible when we do not have direct access to bee farms and beekeepers. For commercial honey, we all know that a “pure honey” label doesn’t guarantee at all that it is not diluted with water and further sweetened with corn syrup; it just promises that there is real pure honey inside, with no suggestion of its amount. The law does not require a “pure honey” label to say how much pure honey is in the bottle. Also, prices are not always a good indication of quality honey. In food fraud cases, which happen a lot with Chinese honey, manufacturers can mix different honey floral blends and sell it as more expensive varieties such as Manuka honey. And so-called “local honey” may not be locally produced and processed local honey but cheap, low quality honey imported from other countries and then bottled and distributed locally.

A common misconception is that granulated or crystallized honey is proof of adulteration with sugar water. The truth is honey is a supersaturated sugar solution and can granulate whether or not it has been adulterated, so crystallization is normal, especially in temperate climates. Furthermore, some honey from certain floral sources is especially prone to crystallization. Buying honey in the comb is one way to assure ourselves of a quality product. Comb honey is sealed in the hive by the bees; therefore consumers can be confident that the honey has not been adulterated with sugar water. However, to boost honey production, some beekeepers feed their bees with sugar syrup so that the bees can convert the syrup to “honey”. Do such practices have any implications on why some honey appears to be very clear and runny, just like syrup?

Some of my web visitors strongly believe and teach that ants don’t fancy pure honey and will not hover around it. It’s hard to understand or believe this as there seems to be no reason why ants should favour processed sugar over honey and ants may not always be “available” at all places for a honey assessment (“no ants observed” may not necessarily mean pure honey). The reason why a sweet liquid is more attractive than another for the ants could also be due to other factors such as liquid density, flavors which vary depending on the floral types. Another test that is commonly discussed over the internet is the flame test which involves lighting up a cotton bud dipped into the honey with a match-stick flame. It’s believed that the honey will burn if it’s pure. I have tried this method many times using different types of honey, some of which I was very sure they’re pure honey (e.g honeycomb honey), but the result I got was never consistent, and it seemed to depend very much on how much honey was dipped and how long the honey was exposed to the flame.

There’s another simple way which I have tried to verify the purity of honey: Observe how liquid honey comes down into a glass of water. Pure honey does not immediately dissolve in water; you will notice that it takes a bit of effort to stir it in the water to dissolve the lumpy bits, whereas sugar tends to dissolve easily in a jiggery as you drop them into the water. However, test result is sometimes not that clear because different honey varieties have different viscosity, some are denser and thicker than others, and obviously honey in cream form, even if it’s adulterated with other substance, will not dissolve as easy as liquid honey in water.

It is suggested that people who are used to tasting honey may be easier to detect any added sugar. But frankly, because there are just too many floral varieties and blends, and the amount of adulteration may not be sufficient to affect the taste and aroma of the honey, even though I frequently take honey, I am still not 100% certain about my suspicion sometimes.

Hence, it’s hard to be really absolutely sure about honey authenticity, unless from home you can perform scientific laboratory test like spectroscopy, a method that uses the principle of interaction of light with mater to differentiate substances or conduct carbon isotope ratios analysis to determine if sugars were added to the honey (don’t bother if these jargons sound totally bizarre; as a consumer, I am not familiar with them either). Nevertheless, from all the verification ways that are discussed above (labels, pouring, dissolving honey, etc) if you have reasons to suspect that the honey is diluted and corn syrup has been added, my stance is – stay away from those brands. Better to err on the side of caution than to be sorry…well, you most probably won’t fall sick by taking the adulterated honey, but you know adulteration with cheaper sugars brings down the natural value of the honey and this doesn’t help in justifying for the amount of money you pay.

 

22 Nov

4 Ways to Combine Honey and Cinnamon for Weight Loss

Have you tried honey and cinnamon for weight loss yet? While it’s no magic bullet for weight loss, it can be used in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise to accelerate the rate of weight lost, and help you get past food cravings more quickly.

Honey alone has been shown to contain antioxidants and enzymes that have various healthy effects on the body. Findings on cinnamon are equally as promising, with research suggesting that it can do everything from boosting your metabolism to lowering your cholesterol. On their own these two items should play a part in your regular diet.

Combining the two creates a sort of Dynamic Duo and when taken at the start and end of your day has been peer proven to assist you in your weight loss goals.

The How-To

Mix 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with Add a cup of hot water to the cinnamon, let cool.
Add a full teaspoon of raw, organic honey to the cinnamon/water mixture after it has cooled.
Consume as directed below.
Always consult your doctor before starting any weight loss method.

1. In the Morning

Getting a good start to your day is key when you’re trying to lose weight because it sets the tone for how the rest of the day goes. Start it off wrong and you’re more likely to eat a fattening meal at lunch and follow up with whatever you want at dinner.

Getting into the habit of using an all-natural weight loss tool like cinnamon and honey can help ensure you start things off on the right foot.

Take the mixture right when you wake up and wait 30 minutes before having your breakfast meal.

Why it’s effective: Honey and cinnamon when taken in the morning can help rev up your digestive system, helping your metabolism and energy level through lunch.

2. Between Meals

When losing weight is your goal you may have found that between meals is when you are most vulnerable to cravings and food temptations. This is often the times we find ourselves at work and surrounded by vending machines and other goodies coworkers have brought in.

Cinnamon can help lessen your appetite, making it easier for you to make it from one meal to the next without the need to eat an unhealthy snack. Making better food choices is paramount when attempting weight loss, and a mixture of cinnamon and honey can help in that department.

Cinnamon has been shown to help lower your blood sugar levels, which will help you stay alert and focused throughout the day and avoid that after lunch crash that is so common.

Why it’s effective: The combination of honey and lemon is an effective way to prevent snacking on junk between meals and is a better option than letting yourself go hungry.

3. Before Aerobic Workouts

When you’re gearing up for an aerobic workout there are a few things you can do to make it more effective. Stretching is one, but did you know that it matter what you are putting into your body prior to your workout?

If you always feel drained after a workout, or you feel that you don’t have enough energy to have an effective workout, you may notice that the honey and cinnamon blend help give you more energy to help you push through it.

There are other ways to make your cardio workouts more effective. Work out on an empty stomach and make sure you don’t eat for at least 30 minutes after you’ve done an aerobic workout, and hour if you can make it that long. This helps your body burn more calories since it isn’t focused on digesting your next meal.

Why it’s effective: The sugar in honey will give you energy to boost you through your workout, and the metabolism-boosting nature of cinnamon will amplify the effects of your cardio.

4. Before Bedtime

The stretch of time between dinner and sleep can be the hardest to get through when you’re trying to lose weight. Late night snacking and midnight trips to the refrigerator will only set you back on your goals and are typically not authorized on most diet programs.

You can use cinnamon and honey as your ally during this time. Since it’s not a solid food it won’t be weighing on your stomach or through your digestive system a wrench right before you retire for the evening.

The honey will help any late night cravings for sweets like that nightly bowl of ice cream. The cinnamon will act on your digestive system, helping it as it resets itself during the night.

Why it’s effective: Curbs nighttime cravings and make sure you can fall asleep without hunger pangs keeping you up at night.

22 Nov

Benefits Of Honey In Weight Loss

The benefits of honey mostly apply to weight loss programs. If you are trying to lose weight, honey can be very helpful, but before we discuss the benefits of honey in weight loss, we should address some of the concerns that people often have regarding honey.
 
Many people ask: Isn’t honey a type of sugar? Doesn’t it contribute to weight gain? Won’t the calories in honey negate weight loss efforts?
 
That is correct, because honey does contain sugar. However, unlike refined sugar, honey contains beneficial vitamins and minerals as well. Refined table sugar, which people often use to sweeten their food, is considered a source of “empty calories”, meaning that there is no ulterior benefit to eating them.
 
Normally, to digest sugar, vitamins and minerals stored in the body are utilized, which uses up many of these essential nutrients. These nutrients are essential to dissolve fats and cholesterol, so ingesting pure sugar is somewhat wasteful.Therefore, when you eat too much sugar, you tend to gain weight not only because of the calories, but from the subsequent lack of vitamins and minerals. Honey balances this effect because it is a good source of nutrients that help people in their efforts to lose weight.
 
Honey contains nutrients such as protein, water, energy, fiber, sugars and various vitamins and minerals. It contains minerals such as iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and calcium. Honey is a good source of vitamins that include folate, niacin, riboflavin, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6.
 
For people who are overweight or obese, honey not only reduces risk of cardiovascular disorders, it also does not increase the body weight.
 
Findings of research study suggests that consumption of honey may help in reducing cholesterol as compared to sugar. It also leads to lower increase in plasma glucose levels.
 
Benefits Of Honey In Relation To Weight Loss
Honey and Warm Water
 
Normally, fat remains as an unused resource in the body, adding bulk and weight, but it is believed that honey has the ability to mobilize this stored fat. When this fat is burnt to provide energy for your daily activities, you will see a gradual decrease in weight and a relief from the problems of obesity.
 
Honey has also been shown to positively increase the levels of “good” cholesterol in the body, and also reduces cardiovascular strain, which means you can lead a more active, healthy life, which will further promote your weight loss programs, since you won’t be worried as much about artherosclerosis, or the risk of heart attacks or strokes when going for a morning run! Research suggests that drinking honey (about one tablespoon daily), with an equal amount of warm water can stimulate this beneficial process.
 
Honey and Lemon Juice
 
Honey can also help in weight loss when consumed with warm water and lemon juice. Many people drink this formula as a start to their day as a way of stimulating weight loss. Honey is packed with 22 amino acids and a number of valuable vitamins and minerals, many of which benefit the body’s metabolism. By regulating the function of the metabolism, food is utilized properly, fat is converted into usable energy, and overall health is improved.
 
The lemon juice in this mixture also is loaded with Vitamin-C (also known as ascorbic acid), which increases liver function and fat metabolism. Furthermore, lemon juice increases the function of glutathione, which is a key antioxidant for detoxification and quick slimming.
 
Combining the weight loss powers of lemon juice with the metabolism-stimulating effects of honey, this elixir, if drunk once a day, can give you some seriously attractive results!
 
Honey and cinnamon
 
Another popular recipe combines cinnamon with honey and warm water. Research studies suggest that the use of cinnamon is beneficial for weight loss.
 
Mix one tablespoon of cinnamon power with one tablespoon of honey and one cup of warm water. Thoroughly mix these ingredients and drink it on an empty stomach.
 
Cinnamon has also been shown to have a regulating effect on blood sugar levels, and the metabolism of glucose. High blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of fat in the body, so cinnamon has a positive impact on this aspect of weight loss. Combined with the metabolism power of honey, this mixture can be a powerful boost to your weight loss efforts.
 
Research has not clearly explained how this mixture helps in weight loss, but many people claim to have seen positive results from its regular consumption.
 
Hibernation Diet
 
With all of the new diets that spring up every year, it is difficult to know which one will benefit your body and weight loss efforts. One aspect of the hibernation diet to lose weight is to consume a spoonful of honey before going to bed. As you sleep, the honey will continue stimulating liver function, keep your metabolism burning fat, and easing the amount of stress hormones which are in your system. As the name implies, it helps you hibernate in a healthy and relaxing way!
 
Improves Digestion
 
Honey also improves your digestion, which can help in reducing static weight in your digestive system. Therefore, honey can be consumed after dinner, particularly after eating a large meal
 
Good Substitute of Sugar
 
Honey is a good substitute of sugar. It can be used in different beverages such as tea, lime juice. Among other food items, it can be used in desserts, pancakes instead of sugar. One may add honey to oatmeal, peanut butter sandwich for additional nutrients, good taste and a lower risk of weight gain.
 
Many people stop eating to reduce their weight, but this is a potentially dangerous practice. If you don’t eat enough food, which is the primary way of acquiring calories, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, your immune system will weaken.
 
Your weight loss program should focus on reducing the intake of calories, rather than stopping the intake of calories. Furthermore, you should also increase your daily elimination of calories through regular exercise.
16 Nov

Gelam Honey Makes The Cancer Cells Commit Suicide

What are Gelam Honey’s (aka Melaleuca or Cajeput honey) benefits for our health? How is this that cancer cells commit suicide? What’s in honey that is so bad to them?
 
Lately, there have been lots of studies on its benefits, but probably the most important activity of honey that was researched was its antiproliferative and apoptosis induction.
 
Meaning if it heals cancer or not, because this is our most acute concern these days!
 
Induces apoptosis in cancer cells.
 
First, what is apoptosis?
Necrosis and Apoptosis are the two ways our cells are dying.
 
Necrosis happens when the cell is damaged by an external force like:
– poison (yes, our chemotherapy!),
– a bodily injury,
– an infection,
– doesn’t get blood – like in a case of heart attack, stroke or death.
When a cell dies through necrosis, this causes an inflammation, which can trigger further distress or injury within the body.
 
Apoptosis is suicide. Also known as programmed cell death, a controlled, predictable process. Here is how it’s done: the cell that has been stressed, damaged or triggered by body signals to kill itself, begins to shrink and form blebs. Proteins (called caspases) start to break down the cell’s components. Enzymes break down the nucleus and signals are sent to the macrophages (a special kind of cells, like vacuum cleaners). The cell eventually breaks into smaller parts and the already called macrophages clean up the mess.
 
When does a cell know it should suicide itself?
 
1. When cells recognize viruses and gene mutations, they commit suicide to prevent the spreading.
2. When cells are under stress, as may happen when free radicals are on the loose or when a person undergoes radiation.
 
Signals in the body tell a cell to continue living or not. But this doesn’t always function perfectly, sometimes the wrong cells live and the healthy ones die. These mistakes trigger diseases (or is it the other way around? science doesn’t know.) and disorders in the body. E.G.:
– an increase of apoptosis is met in AIDS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
– a decrease of apoptosis is met in lupus or cancer.
 
Our scientists are researching on how to control the signals that tell a cell to continue to live or to die. Today’s radiation or anticancer drugs are supposed to trigger apoptosis only in the diseased cells. The bad thing is that this never happens. Healthy cells are killed together with the sick ones.
 
But guess what! This does happen with honey. Honey is a natural treatment for cancer. After a person takes honey, his sick cells kill themselves. And this is what hundreds of studies are showing: in vivo, in vitro, on animals or in human clinical trials. Products of the hive do have a clear benefit on the human body.
 
What happens in a cancer cell?
 
A normal state in our body is maintained by a balance between apoptosis and cell renewal (the birth of new ones). A cancer cell is continuously dividing, causing cellular and organ dysfunction.
Among the population of Asia, liver cancer has a high frequency rate, closely linked to chronic hepatitis B infection. The drugs have failed, and a resistance to them have been found, and side-effects are devastating.
 
For this reason, most of the studies made on how honey can prevent cancer or how to treat the existent one, are conducted in Asia. The University of Malaysia has published lots of studies, made on different types of honey, especially on Tualang honey, Gelam honey, Manuka honey.
 
Gelam honey is a local Malaysian honey. What makes this honey a good promising remedy for cancer? Mainly:
– a high content of phenolic compounds which lead to a high level of antibacterial activity
– powerful antioxidant compounds which lead to free radical scavenging.
 
From all the superfoods, why was honey chosen for the studies?
 
First, the food must have a high content of antioxidants. They are known to prevent different diseases, such as cancer, coronary diseases, inflammatory disorders, neurological degeneration, and aging.
 
Honey is rich in phenolic compounds and other antioxidants like ascorbic acid, amino acids, and proteins. Some phenols and polyphenols found in honey proved to be promising pharmacological agents in the treatment of cancer.
Here are some of them:
caffeic acid (CA), caffeic acid phenyl esters (CAPE), Chrysin (CR), Galangin (GA), Quercetin (QU), Kaempferol (KP), Acacetin (AC), Pinocembrin (PC), Pinobanksin (PB), and Apigenin (AP).
 
The study “Phenolic acid composition and antioxidant properties of Malaysian honeys.” studied the phenolic acid and flavonoid contents of Malaysian tropical honeys: Tualang, Gelam, and Manuka honey. Among the Malaysian honey samples, Tualang honey had the highest contents of phenolics, flavonoids and DPPH radical-scavenging activities.
 
In those 3 sample of Malayan honeys, the authors identified:
· 6 phenolic acids: gallic, syringic, benzoic, trans-cinnamic, p-coumaric, and caffeic acids
· 5 flavonoids: catechin, kaempferol, naringenin, luteolin, and apigenin.
 
The conclusion: Tualang honey is the richest in phenolic acids, and flavonoid compounds, which have strong free radical-scavenging activities.
 
Studies that show the anti-cancer activity of gelam honey:
 
• The study “Antiproliferative Activity and Apoptosis Induction by HGelam honey on Liver Cancer Cell Line” by Zakiah Jubri et al., from the National University of Malaysia, and published by the International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, on April 201, was researching the antiproliferative effects of gelam honey on liver cancer, HepG2.
 
This honey has high polyphenols content that possesses antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity towards preventing cancer and diseases. Gelam honey reduced the proliferation of HepG2 at concentrations of 3% to 70%. Morphological analysis for apoptosis detection using fluorescent microscope under 400X magnification producing typical apoptotic characteristic. It showed that gelam honey has antiproliferative activity towards cancer cell by its ability to induce apoptosis.
 
Malaysian gelam honey has the ability to reduce
the proliferation rate of liver cancer cells at a low dose
but not affecting the normal liver cells.
 
• Gelam honey attenuated radiation-induced cell death in human diploid fibroblasts by promoting cell cycle progression and inhibiting apoptosis., by Tengku Ahbrizal Farizal Tengku Ahmad et al. from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of Gelam honey as a radioprotector in human diploid fibroblast (HDFs) which were exposed to gamma-rays by determining the expression of genes and proteins involved in cell cycle regulation and cell death.
 
The conclusion: Gelam honey acts a radioprotector against gamma-irradiation by attenuating radiation-induced cell death.
 
• The antioxidant effect of the Malaysian Gelam honeyon pancreatic hamster cells cultured under hyperglycemicconditions, by Kalaivani Batumalaie et al., published on March 2013.
 
Type 2 diabetes consists of progressive hyper-glycemia, insulin resistance, and pancreatic ß-cell failure, which could result from glucose toxicity, inflammatory cytokines, and oxidative stress. THe authors of the study investigated the effect of pretreatment with Gelam honey (Melaleuca spp.) and the individual flavonoid components chrysin, luteolin, and quercetin, on the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), cell viability, lipid perox-idation, and insulin content in hamster pancreatic cells (HIT-T15 cells), cultured under normal and hyperglycemic conditions.
 
The results: “Data showed that pretreatment with the extract of the Gelam honey and the different favonoid components at the indicated concentration, for 24 h at 37°C, protects ß-cell function from the oxidative damage caused by the ROS, under hyperglycemic state.
The extract from Gelam honey had a protective effect which was significantly higher than the individual flavonoids. This could be due to the additive effect of all the three flavonoids present in the extract, and the phenolic acids such as gallic,ferulic, caffeic, benzoic, and cinnamic acids which areantioxidants.”
 
• Effects of Gelam and Acacia honey acute administration on some biochemical parameters of Sprague Dawley rats, by Samat S et al., observed the effects of acute administration (14 days) of Gelam honey, a wild harvesting honey and Acacia honey, a beekeeping honey, on male and female Sprague Dawley (SD) rats (a type of rats used in laboratory).
 
The results suggest that acute consumption of Gelam Honey and Acacia Honey at 2000 mg/kg body weight of male and female Sprague Dawley rats has some discrepancy effects on biochemical parameters but in line with OECD regulation. Gelam honey may have potential in controlling weight gain and triglyceride levels in female rats compared to Acacia honey.
 
All studies’ conclusion: Honey is a functional food with different biological properties such as:
 
antibacterial (bacteriostatic properties),
anti-inflammatory,
wound and sunburn healing,
antioxidant,
radical scavenging,
antidiabetic,
antimicrobial.
14 Nov

8 Amazing Tualang Honey Health Benefits

Tualang honey is harvested from the hives of wild honey bees on the Tualang trees native to the Malaysian jungle. While it may be relatively unfamiliar in the west, it has a long history of traditional use in Southeast Asia for a variety of health purposes.
Many of the health benefits of tualang honey can be attributed to its potent antioxidant and antibacterial properties. According to the published literature, tualang honey also exhibits anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antitumor activities. These varied therapeutic properties give tualang honey a wide variety of medicinal applications that have been studied fairly extensively.
A thorough review of the medicinal effects of tualang honey was published in 2013 and this article will take a look at some of the medicinal benefits of this remarkable product.
1. ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY
Most honey is known to possess antioxidant activity but tualang honey is an especially rich source of antioxidants that include phenolic acids, flavonoids, amino acids and proteins.
Antioxidants are essential to good health; they protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals, help repair damaged cells and prevent future disease.
Comparative studies have shown that tualang honey has an extremely high phenolic and flavonoid content which gives it more than the normal antioxidant value of other honeys. Research has also demonstrated that tualang honey shielded the body from oxidative stress in diabetic rats.
2. ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY
Nearly all varieties of honey have antimicrobial effects but it is important to note that not all honey is equally effective. Manuka honey is especially famous for its antibacterial qualities but research has demonstrated that tualang honey is equally effective against several strains of bacteria.
Tualang honey protects against the growth of common skin bacteria as well as inhibiting the spread of dangerous strains such as streptococcus, salmonella and staphylococcus aureus. Some of these strains of bacteria are caused by hospital infections and have become drug resistant meaning that researchers have been looking for safe, alternative remedies to treat them.
Tualang honey has proven especially effective in preventing bacteria in burn wounds because of its high flavonoid and phenolic content.
3. DIABETES
Contrary to still popular belief, honey is not always bad for diabetic patients. Many people are concerned that the high sugar content of honeys will have adverse effects on diabetes but certain honey like tualang are high in fructose which is low on the glycemic index and is therefore recommended for sufferers of the disease. Studies conducted on diabetic rats demonstrated that in combination with hypoglycemic agents, tualang honey caused a significant reduction in blood sugar levels.
4. CANCER
Tualang honey has great potential in the treatment of certain forms of cancer and can help improve the effectiveness of more conventional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and oral medications. Studies have shown that because of its abundant flavonoid and phenolic acid content, tualang honey has a significant impact on breast cancer cells which compares favorably with the anticancer activity of tamoxifen.
5. WOUND HEALING
As I mentioned earlier in the article, tualang honey has antibacterial qualities that give it major wound healing potential. Tualang honey works on wounds and burns by easing the inflammation and fluid build-up in the wounded area while stimulating the growth of new cells.
A number of studies have been conducted into the wound healing abilities of tualang honey with the results proving largely positive. One study published in 2010 was conducted into the effects of tualang honey as a wound dressing in full thickness burn wounds that typically require skin graft surgery.
The results showed that wounds treated with tualang honey exhibited a very fast 32% decrease in wound size as early as the sixth day of treatment as well as a significant reduction on bacterial growth.
6. HEART HEALTH
Animal studies have also indicated that tualang honey has the potential to keep your heart healthy and protect against cardiovascular disease. One very recent study published earlier this year concluded that tualang honey demonstrated protective effects in rats induced with myorcardial infraction. Its effect on heart health was attributed to improved antioxidant levels in the heart tissue as well as reduced lipid peroxidation levels.
Other studies have also revealed that tualang honey may reduce blood pressure and decrease cholesterol levels which have a major impact on the heart’s health.
7. POSTMENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS
For the millions of women suffering from postmenopausal symptoms, tualang honey may provide a natural and safe alternative to conventional HRT treatments. Despite the many adverse effects caused by the menopause, many women are reluctant to undergo HRT therapy because of the wide range of potential adverse side effects.
A comprehensive study was conducted by the University of Science in Malaysia to examine the effects of tualang honey on a range of postmenopausal symptoms including hormonal deficiency and bone density. Postmenopausal women treated with tualang honey experienced a reduction in menopausal symptoms and an in increase in their bone strength and mineral density.
Indeed the effect of tualang honey on bone density was comparable with the effects of HRT when taken at a dose of 20mg a day. Researchers found that a dose of 20mg a day was safe and concluded that tualang honey could be used to protect against bone weakening conditions without the risk of side effects.
8. SPERM COUNT
Tualang honey has also demonstrated the ability to increase sperm count and also improve sperm motility in men. Experiments on rats have shown that tualang honey can help repair some of the toxic effects of tobacco smoke on sperm production as well as increasing testosterone levels.
One recent study published in 2009 showed that tualang honey was as effective as Tribestan in improving sperm count parameter when consumed for a 12 week period. Furthermore the study showed that the honey was safe and no adverse effects were reported.
14 Aug

Gelam / Melaleuca Cajaputi Honey

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Gelam honey is a Malaysian honey from the flower of Gelam (Melaleuca cajuputi) tree that was collected and produced by Apis mellifera bees.

This honey has been proven to have high flavanoid and phenolic contents. The major phenolics contents that has been identified were ellagic, gallic, and ferulic acids. The researchers also reported that the extracted phenolic and flavanoid content from Gelam honey showed in-vitro anti-inflammatory effect and stated that Gelam honey has a potential therapeutic value in an inflammatory conditions.

Many Malaysian researchers have investigated the potential of Gelam honey for health benefit. Gelam honey was shown to have antibacterial effects which are mainly attributed to its phenolic content.

Recently, a study was conducted to compare the antibacterial effect among Malaysian honey, and they found that Gelam honey is one of the Malaysian honey own high antibacterial activity.

There are surplus of animal model study to see the effect of Gelam honey in health; such as, Gelam honey was found to be able to speed up the process of healing when applied topically on excisional wound on rats. Gelam honey was found to be able to reduce the oxidative damage in the liver of Sprague-Dawley rats. Gelam honey in a form of hydrogel may act as burn wound dressing that enhance wound healing and suppress the expression of proinflammatory cytokines.

Gelam honey is potentially useful in the treatment of inflammatory conditions and even has the ability in inhibiting the production of proinflammatory mediators such as IL-6 and Tumour Necrosis Factor-α (TNF-α) in rats (Hussein et al. 2012).

Research source: The Effect of Gelam (Melaleuca cajuputi) Honey on Inflammatory Mediators In Periodontitis-Induced Sprague-Dawley Rats.

http://www.ijarnp.org/index.php/ijarnp/article/view/246

14 Aug

Kelulut / Meliponini Trigona / Stingless Bee Honey

Stingless bees or also called Meliponini Trigona are stingless bees that produce honey just like honey bees. It is estimated that nearly 500 species of stingless bees found throughout the world. Stingless bees can be found in most tropical areas of the world, such as Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia, and tropical America. It is said to have a range of nutrients and higher nutritional value compared to honey bees, it stores honey in small pots covered with propolis. Stingless bee honey is not clear as claimed, it has slightly sour taste.
Bees are important as agents of pollination in the forests and many species of fruit, flowers, vegetables and other crops. Stingless bees collect resin of dipterocarp trees such as “Meranti”, “Keruin” and” Merawan” in the forest as a source of food to bring back to the nest. Resin forest trees that contain antioxidants. It is the body’s internal cleansing agent that helps stimulate human immune cells .
Stingless Bee Honey is called MOTHER MEDICINE and an increasing number of traditional practitioners and researchers to suggest its use. The known benefits, for regular consumption of stingless bee honey are:
In terms of health

. Treating Diabetes
. Cures Asthma
. Cures Arthritis (Arthritis)
. Overcome Hepatitis
. Treat Bladder Infection
. Heal Ulcers
. Improve Health of Eye and Eye sight.
. Overcoming Dental Pain
. Reduce Cholesterol
. Cures Gout
. Cures Cold & Cough
. Cures Stomach Pain
. Copes with diarrhea
. Copes with Heart Disease
. Improve Blood Circulation
. Blood Cleansing
. Overcome High Blood Pressure
. Overcome Low Blood Pressure
. Overcome inflammation of the gums or mouth
. Treat inflammation of the larynx (throat)
. Copes with Cold & Flu
. Treat Skin Infection.
. Cures Cancer
. Cures Immunologists
. Stabilise Menstruation
. Overcome Infertility
. Improve Body Immunity System
. Increase Breast Milk Production
. Improve Health of Unborn Child
. Heals wound in Stomach/ Uterus
. Cures Rheumatism
In terms of fitness.

. Overcome Sleep problems (Insomnia)
. Overcome Obesity
. overcome Fatigue
. Increase Stamina
. Increase Men Sexual Stamina
. Facilitating The Birth Process
. Increasing Appetite
. Improves Brain Function
For beauty aspect.

for Women:
. Improves the menstrual cycle and restore menstrual
. Overcome difficulty to sleep at night
. Honey can be made facial mask to smooth and whiten skin
. Provides more energy
. Increase metabolism
. A “Super food” and the best “multivitamins”.
. Organic beauty products for interior and exterior

for Men:
. Improves blood circulation throughout the body
. Provide quick energy
. Reduce fatigue and joint pain
. Improve Potency
. Sleep soundly at night
. “Super food” and “multivitamins” are not in the process and organic
Why this honey able to treat diseases and beauty care ?
Stingless Bee honey certainly has a lot of nutrients because it is smaller than normal bee, it can suck the nectar from the flowers to the deepest space. As a result, collected honey contains many vitamins and minerals. Among the important materials produced kelulut is propolis. Propolis is produced by bees through saliva mixed with his food such as pollen, bark, shoots of trees and flowers. Young bees and cocoons of Stingless Bee very sensitive to virus attack, fungal and insect pests. To keep the nest clean , sterile and in controlled conditions, Stingless Bee produce propolis which serves as an antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
The benefits of propolis is contains all 16 amino acids, glucose, vitamins A, B, C, D and E, bioflavonoids and minerals. Bioflavanid is good to improve and repair systems of the human body and livestock.

14 Aug

Tualang Honey

Wild Bee Tualang Honey
Wild Bee Tualang Honey

 

Tualang are the tall trees and can grow up to 85 metres tall. Tualang bees also known as Apis Dorsata or The Giant Bees makes honey on the branches of Tualang trees (Koompasia excelsa). They are wild bees (not from farm bee).

Watch our video: https://youtu.be/s_FCIdepJCg

Wangsa Tualang is absolute delicious and nutritious. We offers high export quality of Tualang, which packaged under stringent control and certified by HACCP, Halal, Mesti and GMP. We have exported to Brunei, SIngapore, China, Middle East, Germany and US.

Tualang is known for its medicinal healing and breakthrough scientific research for cancer prevention. Treat osteoporosis, osteopenia and menopausal symptoms. Our Tualang is raw, unprocessed and export quality.

Research info:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/

A table spoon every morning for health maintenance. Mildly sweet, suitable for every age and taste buds. Best mixed with drinks, as bread spread or on its own.

9 Aug

Hello world!

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Welcome to Wild Bee Tualang Honey Page.

Our main product is natural organic Tualang honey. other than tualang, we also have Kelulut also known as Trigona or stingless bee honey and Habbatus Sauda honey, which also known as Black Seed honey.

Recently, we add another new honey which is Gelam honey also know as Melaleuca Cajaputi honey.

We provide the best natural Wild Bee Tualang Honey for your better health. Tualang honey is the best honey because it is found only in the deep jungle on a very tall tree called “Tualang tree”. The bees feed on herbs, flowers tree barks that can be found in the deep jungle. We believe bees know their flowers better to make the best honey for us.

 

9 Aug

Hello world!

12717174_956806911078770_8307747647884616612_n

 

Welcome to Wild Bee Tualang Honey Page.

Our main product is natural organic Tualang honey. other than tualang, we also have Kelulut also known as Trigona or stingless bee honey and Habbatus Sauda honey, which also known as Black Seed honey.

Recently, we add another new honey which is Gelam honey also know as Melaleuca Cajaputi honey.

We provide the best natural Wild Bee Tualang Honey for your better health. Tualang honey is the best honey because it is found only in the deep jungle on a very tall tree called “Tualang tree”. The bees feed on herbs, flowers tree barks that can be found in the deep jungle. We believe bees know their flowers better to make the best honey for us.

 

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