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Health Benefits of Honey

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The health benefits of honey are too numerous to be named, but here are three key ones: Nature's Energy Booster The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural sugars play an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. So, to experience these health benefits of honey, here are a few tips for you: 1. Next time before you go for a workout, take a spoon of honey to enable you to go for the extra mile. 2. If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning, instead of reaching out for a can of carbonated energy drink , try honey. Spread it on hot toast or replace the sugar in your tea with it for a refreshing surge of energy. 3. If your kids are finding hard to cope with the physical strain from the buzzing activities at school, prepare them a honey drink, some sandwiches with honey, butter and ham to make sure they have enough energy to sustain through the day. And for optimal sleep and recovery cycle at night, give your child a spoonful of honey before sleep on a daily basis. They may not care a bit about the health benefits of honey now, but will be [...]

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10 Great Uses for ‘Propolis’

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 October 12th, 2015|Honey, News, Propolis|

Most people are familiar with the gorgeous yellow and amber colors typical of honeycomb and beeswax. But another bee-produced substance exists and it doesn’t get discussed quite as much is propolis. Propolis is a resinous material that bees use to seal small cracks and gaps in the hive (beeswax seals the larger gaps). It’s made when bees collect resin from trees and other sources and mix it with a little bit of honey. Like its cousin, beeswax, propolis has been found to offer numerous health benefits, and many researchers are looking into its role for various therapeutic uses. The Benefits and Uses for Propolis In ancient cultures, propolis (or bee resin) was often used for abscesses and minor wounds. Bees, in an effort to close gaps in hives, use propolis as a precautionary measure to keep out dangerous microbes and fungi. Recent findings have confirmed its potent action against many harmful pathogens and more research has established its enormous healing benefits. Here are some of the researched uses and health benefits of propolis. 1: Discourage Infection Researchers have tested propolis against several dangerous microbes, and the results suggest that propolis is powerful against aggressive bacteria. Although the strength of propolis can vary based on geography, its protective benefits remain constantly present. Part of the reason for the action may be due to it containing a wide spectrum of flavonoids. 2: Natural Antibiotic Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in medicine, often due to the overuse of antibiotic medication. People who are taking antibiotics are often advised to take probioticsto aid in the preservation of good bacteria in the intestines. Researchers have determined that propolis offers powerful antibiotic properties. The isolated acids from propolis have been shown to be an effective agent against [...]

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4 Easy Ways to Help Bees From Home

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Honey, News|

By now, the majority of the population knows that something is up with bees. We know that we need to be saving them … leading most to understand that bees are in some sort of danger. That of course, is correct the honeybees in all countries, are disappearing in mass quantities. Blame has yet to settle uncomfortably on any one set of shoulders but suffice it to say that most of the fingers are pointing towards  everything from pesticides to mono-cropping to shipping bees across the country for pollination. Regardless, the call for help is now spreading wide and far, so as concerned citizens of the world, and fans of vegetables and fruits (most of which are pollinated by bees), we can take it upon ourselves to do something for the bees. The beauty of this whole thing is that we can help the bees from right at home. Plant a Garden What bees need to keep kicking is honey, and the way they make that honey is by collecting pollen. And, they get said pollen from flowers, and those flowers can – and should – be on a wide assortment of flowering plants, be them vegetable, fruit, medicinal or simply ornamental. One of the suspected issues with bee disappearances is that the massive expanses of mono-culture crops mean that, outside of season, there are no flowers from which bees can get pollen. Give bees a diverse collection of flora to harvest from year-round, and they’ll set up shop and thrive. Plus, it’ll mean you’ve got food and beauty all over the place. Curb the Chemicals Once more, chemical pesticides, herbicides, and other a-cides have also been linked to problems that bees and other pollinators [...]

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Pitcher plant in France eats bee-killing Asian hornets

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 August 18th, 2015|News|

Bee-killing Asian hornets spreading across Europe now face a natural enemy that lures them to destruction - a carnivorous North American plant, French experts say.  The head of a botanical garden in Nantes, western France, says the pitcher plant Sarracenia devours Asian hornets - but not European hornets. Nor does it eat bees or wasps. Romaric Perrocheau recently found a Sarracenia stem full of dead hornets. Asian hornets are a menace to beehives. Mr Perrocheau, quoted by AFP news agency, said Sarracenia had "invented a very selective trap" for the aggressive Asian hornets. The hornets are apparently attracted by Sarracenia's nectar and pheromones on the plant's tubular leaves. Once the hornet crawls inside the rim at the top it easily slips and plunges into the pitcher, to be digested by the plant's juices. The trap appears to be a European adaptation, as Asian hornets do not exist in Sarracenia's native Massachusetts, in the eastern US. The plant can be grown easily in Europe and is not considered a threat to native flora. Mr Perrocheau and an entomologist aim to study the contents of 200 pitchers, hoping to identify the chemical secret of their attraction for Asian hornets. Concealed nests The insects - catalogued as Vespa velutina nigrithorax - are a threat to honeybees in France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium. They were first spotted in France in 2004, but their native habitat is the Shanghai region of China. Hornet stings have proven fatal to humans in some cases because of allergic reactions. Each Sarracenia plant has up to 15 pitchers, and can attract as many as 50 hornets. But a typical hornet's nest houses 4,000 insects - so the plants by themselves cannot deal [...]

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PROPOLIS: a new frontier for wound healing?

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:12+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|News, Propolis|

Burns & Trauma Propolis is a resin produced by honeybees by mixing wax, pollen, salivary secretions, and collected natural resins. The precise composition of propolis varies with the source, and over 300 chemical components belonging to the flavonoids, terpenes, and phenolic acids have been identified in propolis. Moreover, its chemical composition is subjected to the geographical location, botanical origin, and bee species. Propolis and its compounds have been the focus of many works due to their antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity; however, it is now recognized that propolis also possesses regenerative properties. There is an increasing interest in the healing potential of natural products, considering the availability and low cost of these products. Propolis contains a huge number of compounds that explicate some biological effects that speeds up the healing process and is widely used in folk remedies. This review aims to condense the results on the mechanism of activity of propolis and its compounds. Published: 22 July 2015 Apitherapy news

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How to Lighten Hair with Honey

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 July 13th, 2015|Honey, News|

Cause Natural Highlights Are Oh-So-Sweet Natural way to lighten hair Everything in life is sweeter when the summer months are here. So you might as well double down on sweet and sun by learning how to lighten hair with honey. Creating natural highlights with honey is a gentle way to lighten hair without using harsh chemicals. Seems like a miracle, right? If you’re all into organic hair products, this is one must-try organic hair dye that can save you serious salon money. To get all science-y for a second, honey has an enzyme called glucose oxidase that produces hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a bleaching agent when applied to your gorgeous locks. Much like the way you can lighten hair with lemon, using honey as a natural bleach is a multi-step process that brightens hair in stages. Not only is honey a mini hair miracle, if you find yourself in a jam, The National Institutes of Health reports that the antibacterial properties in honey’s glucose oxidase make for a natural wound dressing. So, you know, if you fight a bear and have only his honey stash to heal yourself, you’re totally gonna be OK... If you’re game for this at-home hair lightening challenge, remember to use a honey with high levels of hydrogen peroxide for best results and distilled water in the mixture. The minerals in tap or filtered water can negate the bleaching properties in the honey, so buy ye a jug of distilled agua from the market. Just follow these easy instructions and get your mane in full summer mode with a super sweet natural bleaching dye: Bustle, 7/2/2015

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Royal Jelly Has Potential to Manage Chronic Human Diseases Like Hyperglycemia (Type 2 Diabetes), Hypertension, and Breast and Skin Cancers

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Honey, News, Uncategorized|

Probiotics in Milk as Functional Food: Characterization and Nutraceutical Properties of Extracted Phenolics and Peptides from Fermented Skimmed Milk Inoculated with Royal Jelly Journal of Food Safety Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue) This study evaluated the biological properties of milk fermented with Lactobacillus acidophilus with and without several amounts of royal jelly including: total viable count, pH, titratable acidity, antioxidant activity and inhibitory activities of angiotensin 1-converting enzyme (ACE), α-amylase, and growth of colorectal (SW480) and skin (MV3) cancer cell lines. The bound phenolic extract after acid hydrolysis had better biological properties. The antioxidant activities increased after 4 h of fermentation time in skimmed milk fortified with royal jelly. Contents of aromatic compounds decreased along fermentation time in skimmed milk with royal jelly. The in vitro inhibitory activities against skin and colorectal cancer growth of fermented skimmed milk were not dependent on fermentation time and concentration of royal jelly. Results revealed the accumulation of hydrolytic bioactive peptides with inhibitory activity of ACE at 24 h. Practical Applications Inoculated skimmed milk with different ratios of royal jelly has potential application to manage chronic human diseases including hyperglycemia (type 2 diabetes), hypertension, and breast and skin cancers. Apitherapy News - Monday 29th June 2015

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Fact or Myth: Are Natural Antibiotics More Effective Than Traditional Antibiotics?

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 June 29th, 2015|History, Honey, News|

This is a Fact! Before the development of penicillin in the early 20th century, honey was mainstream medicine’s choicetreatment for wound care and persistent skin infections as natural antibiotics. Fast-acting antibiotics replaced this natural antibiotics. As our antibiotic use increased, so too did the antibiotic-resistance of many strains of bacteria. With the rise of growing antibiotic resistance, scientists are returning to good ol’ honey as a “new” solution to wound care. Research thus far has shown that honey, particularly Manuka honey, is more effective at healing skin infections and treating wounds than popular antibiotics are. A recent study conducted by researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan University and published in the journal Microbiology, found that Manuka honey eradicated 85% of a fully formed, extremely resistant strain of bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenus. The study also indicated that Manuka honey helps prevent infection from occurring in the first place. Affirming the health benefits of honey as an antibacterial ointment, Scientific American recently reported: “In lab tests, just a bit of the honey killed off the majority of bacterial cells — and cut down dramatically on the stubborn bio-films they formed.” When wounds cluster together they form bio-films, which stimulate infection and form a barrier against antibacterial drugs. Numerous research studies attest to Manuka honey’s ability to destroy infectious bio-films. A 2009 study of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) sufferers found that honey was considerably more effective than traditional antibiotics in eliminating both planktonic and bio-film-grown forms of pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) and staphylococcus aureus (SA), two important bacterial strains that cause CRS. However, it wouldn’t be advisable to apply the highly processed “Grade A” honey you find in most supermarkets to your wounds. Processed honey should never be used on a [...]

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Importance of Bees

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 June 25th, 2015|History, News, Uncategorized|

    Honey bees are part of the Hymenoptera order which includes, Bumble bees, Solitary bees, Wasps, Sawflies and Ants. What we can learn from bees? Studying bees adds significantly to the wider education of pupils.For example:- Bees are pollinators vital to our food chain. One third of the food we eat would not be available but for bees. Bees, like other insects, are part of a food chain. The social life of the honey bee colony provides a controversial start to thinking about the structure of societies. The tools which have evolved on the limbs and mouth parts of bees are neat examples of adaptation and engineering. The harvest from honey bees of honey, pollen, wax and propolis has nutritional, craft, manufacturing, and medical applications. Pollination by bees is important for genetic sustainability. Genes that have evolved in other animals are important to our future, too. In the UK about 70 crops are dependent on, or benefit from, visits from bees. In addition, bees pollinate the flowers of many plants which become part of the feed of farm animals. The economic value of honey bees and bumble bees as pollinators of commercially grown insect pollinated crops in the UK has been estimated at over £200 million per year. Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats and forage of solitary and bumblebees at a rate which gives them little chance for re-establishment. The honey bee is under attack from the varroa mite and it is only the treatment and care provided by beekeepers that is keeping colonies alive. Most wild honey bee colonies have died out as a result of this disease. These factors, coupled [...]

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Propolis May Help Treat High Blood Sugar After a Meal

By | 2017-09-13T09:09:13+00:00 March 24th, 2015|News|

Inhibitory Properties of Aqueous Ethanol Extracts of Propolis on Alpha-Glucosidase Bees in action Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:587383. Epub 2015 Feb 12. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the inhibitory properties of various extracts of propolis on alpha-glucosidase from baker's yeast and mammalian intestine. Inhibitory activities of aqueous ethanol extracts of propolis were determined by using 4-nitrophenyl-D-glucopyranoside, sucrose and maltose as substrates, and acarbose as a positive reference. All extracts were significantly effective in inhibiting α-glucosidase from baker's yeast and rat intestinal sucrase in comparison with acarbose (P < 0.05). The 75% ethanol extracts of propolis (75% EEP) showed the highest inhibitory effect on α-glucosidase and sucrase and were a noncompetitive inhibition mode. 50% EEP, 95%, EEP and 100% EEP exhibited a mixed inhibition mode, while water extracts of propolis (WEP) and 25% EEP demonstrated a competitive inhibition mode. Furthermore, WEP presented the highest inhibitory activity against maltase. These results suggest that aqueous ethanol extracts of propolis may be used as nutraceuticals for the regulation of postprandial hyperglycemia. Source: http://apitherapy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/propolis-may-help-treat-high-blood.html

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