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Research on the anti-inflammatory properties of honey

Professor Peter Molan27 provides a useful summary of scientific research indicating that honey has a potent anti-inflammatory activity and does not slow the healing of wounds, and has been used to treat infection and damage to eyes. Research at the University of Waikato in New Zealand discovered that a protein which bees add to the nectar they collect to make honey (Apalbumin 1) suppresses early inflammation caused by the action of white blood cells engulfing bacteria and other particles.

In addition, the high concentration of MGO in manuka honey enhances the activity of Apalbumin 1 and makes it more effective in suppressing white blood cells.

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27. Molan P. The anti-inflammatory activity of honey.