Long-term effects of honey on cardiovascular parameters and anthropometric measurements of postmenopausal women

Siti Zubaidah Ab Wahab, Nik Hazlina Nik Hussain, Rahimah Zakaria, Azidah Abdul Kadir, Norazlina Mohamed, Noorlaili Mohd Tohit @ Mohd Tauhid, Mohd Noor Norhayati, Intan Idiana Hassan

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Objective: To investigate the long-term effects of Tualang Honey versus Honey Cocktail (mixture of honey, bee bread, and royal jelly) on cardiovascular markers and anthropometric measurements of postmenopausal women. Methods: We conducted a randomised, double blinded, two-armed parallel study comparing 20 g/day of Tualang Honey versus 20 g/day Honey Cocktail among postmenopausal women aged 45–65 years. The cardiovascular parameters and anthropometrics measurements were assessed at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months of the intervention. Results: 100 subjects were successfully randomised into the groups. There was a significant decrease in the diastolic blood pressure from 77.92 mmHg at baseline to 73.45 mmHg at 12 months (F-statistic = 2.55, p-value = 0.047) in the Tualang Honey group compared to Honey Cocktail. There was also a significant decrease in the fasting blood sugar from 6.11 mmol/L at baseline to 5.71 mmol/L at 12 months (F-statistic = 4.03, p-value = 0.021) in the Tualang Honey group compared to the Honey Cocktail group. The body mass index remained unchanged at 27 kg/m2 (F-statistic = 1.60, p-value = 0.010) throughout 12 months of the intervention in the Honey Cocktail group. Conclusion: Subjects who received Honey Cocktail showed remarkable effects on body mass index. However, Tualang Honey supplementation showed superior effect in lowering diastolic blood pressure and fasting blood sugar compared to Honey Cocktail. Further studies are required to ascertain the underlying mechanism(s) of Tualang Honey and Honey Cocktail on each observed parameter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-160
Number of pages7
JournalComplementary Therapies in Medicine
Volume41
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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Keywords

  • Anthropometric measurements
  • Cardiovascular parameters
  • Honey cocktail
  • Post-menopausal women
  • Tualang honey

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  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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Long-term effects of honey on cardiovascular parameters and anthropometric measurements of postmenopausal women. / Ab Wahab, Siti Zubaidah; Nik Hussain, Nik Hazlina; Zakaria, Rahimah; Abdul Kadir, Azidah; Mohamed, Norazlina; Mohd Tohit @ Mohd Tauhid, Noorlaili; Norhayati, Mohd Noor; Hassan, Intan Idiana.

In: Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol. 41, 01.12.2018, p. 154-160.

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Ab Wahab, Siti Zubaidah ; Nik Hussain, Nik Hazlina ; Zakaria, Rahimah ; Abdul Kadir, Azidah ; Mohamed, Norazlina ; Mohd Tohit @ Mohd Tauhid, Noorlaili ; Norhayati, Mohd Noor ; Hassan, Intan Idiana. / Long-term effects of honey on cardiovascular parameters and anthropometric measurements of postmenopausal women. In: Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 41. pp. 154-160.
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