Honey Enhances Immunity

T. Asama, T. H. Arima, T. Gomi, T. Keishi, H. Tani, Y. Kimura, T. Tatefuji and K. Hashimoto. Lactobacillus kunkeei YB38 from honeybee products enhances IgA production in healthy adults. J Appl Microbiol 119(3)818-26.

This study shows one of the mechanisms how bee pollen could support immune health.  It does that by promoting immunoglobulin A (IgA) production which improves immune responsiveness.

 

J. Zidan, L. Shetver, A. Gershuny, A. Abzah, S. Tamam, M. Stein and E. Friedman. Prevention of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia by special honey intake. Med Oncol 23(4)549-52.

Febrile neutropenia, a serious side effect of chemotherapy, reduces the ability of the body to fight infections.  Current allopathic treatment is very expensive and has side effects.  In this study honey was given to patients with a high risk to develop febrile neutropenia as a result of chemotherapy.  It was found that this inexpensive and safe treatment decreased the need for the more expensive treatments which has more side effects.