A Review of Potential Beneficial Effects of Honey on Bone Health

Mohd Amir Kamaruzzaman, Kok Yong Chin, Elvy Suhana Mohd Ramli

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Abstract

Bone remodelling is a complex and tightly regulated process. Disruption of bone remodelling skewing towards resorption will cause osteoporosis and increase the risk of fragility fracture. Honey is a natural product containing various bioactive ingredients with health benefits, especially polyphenols. Therefore, honey may be a novel dietary supplement to prevent osteoporosis. This review aims to summarize the current evidence on the effects of honey on bone health. The evidence reported so far indicates a skeletal-beneficial effect of honey in animal models of osteoporosis. However, the number of studies on humans is limited. Honey can protect the bone via its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, primarily through its polyphenol content that acts upon several signalling pathways, leading to bone anabolic and antiresorptive effects. In conclusion, honey is a potential functional food for bone health, but the dose and the bioactive contents of honey need to be verified prior to its application in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8543618
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Honey
Bone and Bones
Health
Osteoporosis
Bone Remodeling
Polyphenols
Anabolic Agents
Functional Food
Insurance Benefits
Dietary Supplements
Biological Products
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Animal Models
Antioxidants

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A Review of Potential Beneficial Effects of Honey on Bone Health. / Kamaruzzaman, Mohd Amir; Chin, Kok Yong; Mohd Ramli, Elvy Suhana.

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