Study of Tualang Honey Found to Benefit Smokers

A study in Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry submitted by Syaheeda et al demonstrated that high antioxidant content in Tualang honey benefited smokers with severe oxidative stress.

Based on findings from a previous study with Chlorella and herbs, both high in antioxidants, proved that natural products have effect on oxidative stress in male smokers, Tualang honey was used to study rats affected by smoke. Positive results from the rat test led to the experiment on men with a chronic smoking habit.


Tualang Honey

Tualang honey is collected by bees from the nectar of flowers in the Malaysian Rainforest.  Aware of healing potential of honey throughout history, this honey too is filled with healing components, such as antioxidant activity, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, organic acids and proteins.

The Study

The researchers tested the effect of the honey for 12 weeks on smokers in a group of 32 chronic smokers against two equal-sized control groups; one group was not supplemented, the other was a group of non-smokers. Blood was tested before and after the study from all groups. Blood tests pre-intervention showed antioxidant status in smokers to be significantly less than in the non-smoking group. After 12 weeks of supplementation with Tualang honey, antioxidant status in smokers increased considerably with higher values of total antioxidants status, catalase, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase activities. These systemic enzymes are important free radical destroyers.

The conclusion of the intervention is that Tualang honey can be used as a supplement for chronic smokers exposed to free radicals in cigarette smoke and those who are exposed to second-hand smoke to protect or reduce the risks of diseases from smoking especially cardiovascular disease.

Dangers of Smoking

One does not see people smoke in public places because it is prohibited by law. This does not mean there are no smokers.

Smoking increases free radical activities in the body with resulting oxidative stress. This causes serious diseases of the heart, arteries and lungs.

Free radicals are very harmful, despite their being the product of natural oxidation processes from the body’s metabolic functions.

A healthy body can neutralize free radicals with antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C or from other antioxidants found in plant foods and in a healthy diet.

Age increases free radical production, but reduces the amount of antioxidants in the body. In smokers, this imbalance carries risk of serious illnesses especially if they are older.

According to the CDC, more than 16 million Americans are living with diseases caused by smoking. Based on trends, it will have reached 8 million by 2030 because many young people, younger than 18, take up the habit. Commercials with warnings to stop smoking or not to start appear again on television. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. Smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

These are harsh statistics caused by smoking and billions of dollars spent for it in medical costs.

Smoking is an addiction as difficult to stop as heroin. There are patches, gimmicks of various kinds, classes and group support, and prescription drugs to help the afflicted.

Will studies like these, promising natural products with high antioxidant status such as Tualang honey achieve better health, prevent stroke, myocardial infarction or cancer while the chronic smoker lights up another cigarette? Probably not, only the smoker himself can stop smoking and an impending disease.