Honey is mostly associated with its sweet taste and naturally gold color. Not too many people are aware of its healing attributes, let alone its powerful cancer killing properties.

Up to this date, honey has been recognized to have some 69 positive healing effects. Strapped throat is perhaps the best known. Everyone knows to eat a spoon of honey when their throat hurts. But, medical research continues to discover honey’s amazing healing capabilities for more serious diseases, such as radiation-induced mucositis.

Being a superlative food, honey has found its place in the biomedical literature over and over again. Latest studies and research published in the Moleculer Journal suggest that honey can have positive effects on various forms of deadly cancer.

This particular study explored honey’s role in positively the growth and progression of tumors and cancers in the human body. The research has identified certain phenolic acids and flavonoids present in honey as the primary anti-cancerous properties.

My biology and chemistry has never been my strength. So, I am just going to quote, more or less, what the study has found.

According to the team of researchers, flavonoids with a 15-carbon (C6-C3-C6) structure are biologically active natural compounds. As such, when joined, they comprise two benzene rings that are joined by a heterocyclic pyrane ring. The study goes to explain that within those rings, honey contains the following:

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

To further explain this “sciency” stuff, the majority of the above mentions flavonoids are classified as phytoestrogens. As explained by the US National Library of Medicine, phytoestrogens are phytochemicals which are structurally similar to mammalian estrogens. This is important, because that trait makes them practically able to bind to estrogen receptors.

Interestingly enough, honey derived flavonoids have been shown to have both inhibitory and stimulatory effects. Vast majority of cell studies have continuously demonstrated that these flavonoids have positive influence on anti-breast and estrogen sensitive cancer properties. Raw and rich flavonoids honeys, such as manuka honey, can therefore, have positive influence on estrogen-receptor positive cancer formations.

Manuka has many other benefits as well. I have reviewed manuka honey brands that are very high on antibacterial properties and can also develop rich flavonoids.

In addition, Tualang honey has been shown to exhibit high properties of selective cytotoxicity. This allows it to target harmful cancer cells, while leaving the non-cancer cells alone. Something that is not possible with chemotherapy and other cancer treatments. This programmed cell death is only typical for flavonoid rich honey and not possible with conventional chemotherapy agents and radiotherapy. The widely known and used medical methods indiscriminately target healthy and cancerous tissues. This not only destroys the person’s immune system, but it also increases the survival advantage of cancer stem cells.

Is Honey Better Than Chemotherapy?

More recent study did a comparison between Tualang honey and pharmaceutical tamoxifen, which is an artificial estrogen receptor antagonist. The study was conducted on two breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231), and concluded that honey’s effect was comparable to that of tamoxifen. This is amazing, considering that tamoxifen is a multi-billion dollar drug and is considered to be a human carcinogen.

It seems like we have not yet lost the war on cancer. We just need to focus research where it matters the most. The simple truth is that the cancer industry employs too many people and signs too many checks. All current cancer related research is based on the premise that cancer will continue to grow, rather than diminish.

It is truly sad that we cannot dedicate to curing cancer, but only to treating it.