Evidence for anticancer properties of honey with emphasis on mechanistic overview

Avinash Kundadka Kudva, Suresh Rao, Pratima Rao, Manjeshwar Shrinath Baliga, Michael L.J. Pais, Mohammed Adnan, Karkala Sreedhara Ranganath Pai

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Cancer is a multifactorial disease. At present, cancer is treated via chemotherapy and radiotherapy. These treatments are not only expensive, but also toxic to normal cells within our body. Hence, recent studies have mainly focused on deriving natural products that can help us prevent or treat cancer. Among these natural products, honey has gained importance due to its regular use as a condiment worldwide. Extensive research has shown that honey has chemopreventive properties. However, the entire pathway for its anticancer properties is still not known. The possible mechanisms may involve antioxidant, antiinflammatory, immunomodulatory, antimutagenic, antiproliferative, or antiapoptotic activities. Here, we have reviewed well-documented studies that can enable us to recognize its mode of action.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFunctional Foods in Cancer Prevention and Therapy
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128161517
ISBN (Print)9780128165386
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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