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Sweet route to heading off colon cancer.

In recent years, a host of studies have identified a broad spectrum of medical attributes in honey -- including antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, and cancer-drug-potentiating properties. Now, researchers at the American Health Foundation in Valhalla, N.Y., have uncovered another. In the Sept. 15 CANCER RESEARCH, Bandaru S. Reddy and his co-workers describe the ability of honey-derived caffeic esters to inhibit the development of precancerous changes in the colon of rats given a known carcinogen.

These esters come from the propolis -- the brown, resinous, tree-derived material that honeybees use to cement together their hives. Reddy's group considers three derivatives of the caffeic esters promising enough to use in longer-term animal studies of colon cancer.
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Title Annotation:honey-derived caffeic esters slow precancerous changes in rat colons
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 25, 1993
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