A review on the protective effects of honey against metabolic syndrome

Nur Zuliani Ramli, Chin Kok Yong, Khairul Anwar Zarkasi, Fairus Ahmad

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Abstract

Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of diseases comprising of obesity, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and hypertension. There are numerous pre-clinical as well as human studies reporting the protective effects of honey against MetS. Honey is a nutritional food low in glycemic index. Honey intake reduces blood sugar levels and prevents excessive weight gain. It also improves lipid metabolism by reducing total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and increasing high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which leads to decreased risk of atherogenesis. In addition, honey enhances insulin sensitivity that further stabilizes blood glucose levels and protects the pancreas from overstimulation brought on by insulin resistance. Furthermore, antioxidative properties of honey help in reducing oxidative stress, which is one of the central mechanisms in MetS. Lastly, honey protects the vasculature from endothelial dysfunction and remodelling. Therefore, there is a strong potential for honey supplementation to be integrated into the management of MetS, both as preventive as well as adjunct therapeutic agents.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1009
JournalNutrients
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2018

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Keywords

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Honey
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity

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  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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A review on the protective effects of honey against metabolic syndrome. / Ramli, Nur Zuliani; Kok Yong, Chin; Zarkasi, Khairul Anwar; Ahmad, Fairus.

In: Nutrients, Vol. 10, No. 8, 1009, 02.08.2018.

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Ramli, Nur Zuliani ; Kok Yong, Chin ; Zarkasi, Khairul Anwar ; Ahmad, Fairus. / A review on the protective effects of honey against metabolic syndrome. In: Nutrients. 2018 ; Vol. 10, No. 8.
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