So is there any such thing as Sour Honey? That is just about the first question everyone asks.
A while ago, a certain video trended for it’s unverified information on Sour honey. It said that some political and business figures are frustrating the bid to make this miracle honey known.
Reason? This special kind of honey cures several kinds of cancers, and making it known will give irrecoverable deficit to Pharmaceutical industries working on cancer medication and treatments.
According to the text-only YouTube video, former American presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton is the protagonist of the conspiracy theory.
She was allegedly backed by a supposed cartel to subdue the discovery that natural ingredients can be used in curing cancer.
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For failing to include basic details such as the source of the substance, the video was largely declared as a hoax. More so, it was viewed as a political propaganda since the video sprung up during the election period.
However, many do believe there’s such a thing as Sour honey. In the same way, researches are being carried out on different levels to ascertain the veracity of the cancer curing claims of this special kind of honey.
These are the claims of the controversial website:
“In the heart of the Brazilian jungle, a tiny, remote area exists where special bees create one of the rarest substances on earth… It’s a type of “sour honey” that has remained untouched for thousands of years. Until it was recently tested in a lab and delivered these near-miraculous results.”
“Within 24 hours, Sour Honey was shown in vitro to demolish breast cancer cells on the spot – killing 13% of the cancer in just the first day alone! And in a separate study, looking at human-like tumors on mice, tumor growth was halted a full 50% with Sour Honey.”
“And on two different aggressive types of prostate cancer cells, Sour Honey was shown in vitro to boost the speed in killing the cancer… destroying up to 75% of the cancer cells in the study!”
“From early to late-stage cancer… there’s virtually nothing that’s too tough for Sour Honey. There are even over 299 lab studies on Sour Honey and cancer – with remarkable results! Yes, study after study confirms… FINALLY. We have a natural, safe way to beat cancer”.
Regardless of the above claim, not many health sites can authoritatively give a concrete information of any substance identified as ‘Sour honey’.
Several reports however, show the possibility that the so called Sour honey could be mistaken for either fermented honey or propolis- another bee product.
Fermented honey usually has a sour taste; thus, could be the reason for the confusion.
When honey is fermented, the product gotten is called mead. Mead is an alcoholic wine obtained when water is mixed with honey and then fermented with yeast. It could simply be called “honey wine”.
Some have reasons to believe that the sour honey could have been misunderstood for ‘Sourwood’ honey. However, Sourwood honey is not same with sour honey.
Sourwood honey is often found in the Southeastern parts of the United States. The honey is obtained from honey bees that feed on sourwood nectars. They also bring it back to the hive.
Sourwood otherwise known as sorrel-tree or lily-of-the-valley-tree grows 40 to 60 feet and blooms from late June through July.
So could this honey be it?
The sour honey is claimed to have been found in the heart of the Brazilian jungle.
On that note the nearest to the description and the properties of the sour honey is the Propolis.
Propolis is a bee product which is sour to taste too. It is often called the “bee glue”.
It is produced from the sap on needle-leaved trees or evergreens.
When in contact with beeswax and other bee discharges, a sticky, greenish-brown product known as propolis is formed. The bees use the propolis to seal up unwanted spaces in their hives.
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Propolis has been found to have been used for ages in treating a good number of ailments. Propolis is famously known for its potency in curing several types of cancer.
It is strongly believed that this could be the substance mistaken for sour honey.
Similar to the supposition that the sour honey is from Brazil, the red propolis as well is from same location. It is largely derived from the resin of Dalbergia ecastaphyllum.
The properties of the propolis is dependent on geographical location and the trees there.
Red propolis contains naphthoquinone epoxide and prenylated acids such as 4-hydroxy-3,5-diprenyl cinnamic acid. It has high relative percentages of the isoflavonoids 3-hydroxy-8, 9-dimethoxypterocarpan and medicarpin.
Another kind of honey apart from the regular honey that we know is the Manuka honey. In 2006 it was reported that a team of doctors were researching the Manuka honey. It was ordered from the New Zealand.
Manuka honey is gotten from bees which feed basically at the Manuka bush. While sourwood honey has a mild flavor and varying colors, Manuka is unique for its distinctive flavor and darker color.
During the research on Manuka honey, medical specialist, Dr Nick Slevin said:
“Manuka honey has special anti-inflammatory and anti-infection properties and is believed to reduce the likelihood of MRSA infection.”
Honeys are generally known for their health benefits. In this case the strongest speculation is that the sour honey description would most probably be the attributes of the propolis.
A school of thought believes that the word sour honey was coined to market the propolis.
It has not been concretely established that any honey is identified as the sour honey.