International Journal of Entomology Research

International Journal of Entomology Research


International Journal of Entomology Research
International Journal of Entomology Research
Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2022)

Industrial products of honeybee and their therapeutic effects on human health


Keshamma E, Yasser Ali Alsowadi, Seham Ameen Alhomam, Sharada Devi J N, Zubayer Ahmed

Honeybee products have traditionally been used as folk medicine for centuries by ancient nations such as Greeks, Chinese, Romans, Italians, and others. These honeybee products are honey, pollens, propolis, royal jelly, wax and bee venom and they exert incredible and uncountable therapeutic effects on human health such as they have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiviral, antidiabetic, and neurological properties. These honeybee products are also found to suppress tumor growth and metastasis and hence these are equally efficient in cancer therapy. Pollens are rich in essential amino acids, fatty acids, multiple vitamins (Vitamin A, B, C, D, and E), and protein. Propolis is a natural antibiotic, royal jelly is a food supplement (it improves normal functioning of the brain), whereas bee-wax has potential applications in cosmetic industry where it is used for good-looking and soft, wrinkled-free skin. Bee venom is another industrial product of honeybee and is used for desensitizing the bee sting. Honey is the most important and valued, natural, industrial honeybee product. Naturally, two types of honey are there; first one is produced by honeybees and second one is produced by stingless bees. Both types have distinct chemical composition and physical appearance. Honey is not just taken as nutritional rich product but has its clinical importance. In this literature review, detailed study has been on therapeutic effects of honeybee products such as their efficacies against gastrointestinal disorders, neurological disorders, fertility disorders, cardiac issues, and various others. Traditionally, for centuries, honey has been used to cure eye diseases, infections e.g., throat infection, chest infection, hiccups, hepatitis, constipation, fatigue, thirst, tuberculosis and various other. Honey has important biological components such as flavonoids, phytochemicals, various types of vitamins, trace elements and enzymes paly a role in the treatment of various disorders and unhealthy/uncomfortable conditions. Because of natural therapeutic agent, honey is recommended to be used on daily basis for both healthy, and normal people as well as in hospital wards.
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How to cite this article:
Keshamma E, Yasser Ali Alsowadi, Seham Ameen Alhomam, Sharada Devi J N, Zubayer Ahmed. Industrial products of honeybee and their therapeutic effects on human health. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 7, Issue 2, 2022, Pages 23-31
International Journal of Entomology Research