Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Honey, The Potential Food for Obesity Control

By Kyle J. Norton

On seeking natural therapy with no side effects, scientists may have found a bee based product for the treatment of obesity, according to studies.

Compared to an ideal weight, that reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease,  body weight greater than 20 percent is considered obese.

Obesity is a medical condition caused by excess body fat has accumulated over time, while overweight is a condition of excess body weight relative to the height.

According to the Body Mass Index(BMI), a BMI between 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI of over 30 is an indication of obesity. 

Epidemiological studies in the investigation of the complication of obesity found that cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, accelerated atherosclerosis, and stroke... and chronic lower back pain are most common disease complications associated with obesity.

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2013–2014, more than 1 in 3 and 13 adults in the US were considered to have obesity and extreme obesity, respectively.

Although there are many risk factors involved the onset of the disease, some researchers suggested an unhealthy lifestyle is one of the major causes of obesity in the Western world.

Dr. Robert F. Kushner, in the examination of the unhealthy lifestyle risk of obesity of the 53‐item lifestyle pattern questionnaire posted on a commercial weight loss program Web site collected from 2004 through 2008, wrote, "unhealthy lifestyle patterns in diet, exercise, and coping were highly prevalent among this population".

The results findings clearly suggested a strong correlation between diet, exercise, and obesity.

Honey, the rich golden liquid is the miraculous product made by bees using nectar from flowers.

The liquid is considered one of healthy sweet food for replacing the use of white sugar and artificial sweetener by many people.

In the urgency to find a natural remedy for the treatment of widespread obesity in the Western world, researchers evaluated the potential of honey consumption in controlling obesity.

The study compared the two local Malaysian honey types: Gelam and Acacia honey activities in reducing excess weight gain and other parameters related to obesity. 

Male Sprague-Dawley rats selected to the study were induced obese by a high-fat diet (HFD) prior to introduction with/without honey or orlistat for four weeks.

Rats fed with Gelam honey showed significant reductions in excess weight gain and adiposity index compared to HFD rats.

Furthermore, parameters related to obesity such as levels of plasma glucose, triglycerides, and cholesterol, plasma leptin and resistin, liver enzymes, renal function, and relative organ weight in Gelam and Acacia honey treated groups were reduced significantly, compared to obese rats.

Compared to the treatment of orlistat, Gelam and Acacia honey showed similar results without inducing hepatotoxicity effects.

Hepatotoxicity is a known side effect of orlistat.

Where Orlistat is a drug used for the treatment of obesity, sold over-the-counter as Alli by GlaxoSmithKline in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Dr. Samat S, the lead scientists wrote in the final report, "consumption of honey can be used to control obesity by regulating lipid metabolism and appears to be more effective than orlistat".

Taken altogether, hiney, particularly Gelam and Acacia honey may be considered anti-obesity functional remedies with no side effects, pending to the confirmation of larger sample size and multicenter human study.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Four-Week Consumption of Malaysian Honey Reduces Excess Weight Gain and Improves Obesity-Related Parameters in High Fat Diet Induced Obese Rats by Samat S1, Kanyan Enchang F1, Nor Hussein F2, Wan Ismail WI. (PubMed)

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