Bees Vs. Cancer

Honey Bees Fight Cancer

Researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center have discovered yet another honey bee benefit to the human race.  They have linked a compound found in bee propolis that arrests the growth of tumors in the prostate glands of mice.  The compound is CAPE (caffeic acid phenethyl ester).

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University of Chicago Medical Center logo

There has long been animosity between traditional Western Medicine and natural remedies.  Propolis and honey are Mother Earth’s cure-all.  Honey is a disinfectant.  Unfortunately, doctors shy away from using it in the clinical setting because the mechanics behind how it works are not firmly understood.

A reduction in tumor growth has been achieved.  When CAPE was fed to the mice orally, 50% size reductions have been logged.  Link to the source article here.

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Cancer Slows When Cells Slow Their Rate of Division

CAPE seems to limit the production of specific proteins that tell the cells they have enough nutrients.  Once the cell has enough nutrients, cellular division begins.  With the suppression of these proteins, cellular growth will slow.  First studies conclude that CAPE impacts particular proteins in 2 pathways ( p70S6 kinase and Akt).

 

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