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Antioxidants produced by honeybees may boost endurance, protect from hypothermia

August 20, 2009 by  

Antioxidants produced by honeybees may boost endurance, protect from hypothermia A substance honeybees called propolis that use to seal their hives may soon become part of a natural remedy kit for athletes as new research suggest it may protect them from overheating.

An active ingredient in propolis, or bee glue, is called caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE). The compound is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties, and Taiwanese researchers who conducted the study say it has long been used in alternative medicine.

The scientists analyzed blood samples from 30 cyclists who participated in endurance training for two to four years prior to the study. One of the frequent side effects of exercise in the heat is hyperthermia, which may speed the onset of fatigue and dehydration.

Lead researcher Yu-Jen Chen of Chinese Culture University in Taiwan wrote in a paper published in the Journal of Food Science that CAPE appears to protect mononuclear cells from hyperthermia-induced death.

"This implies that CAPE might not only promote athletic performance but also prevent injury secondary to endurance-exercise-induced hyperthermia," the scientist concluded.

Antioxidants have a range of health benefits and may reduce the risk of serious diseases such as cancer. They are available in the form of supplements in a variety of health stores.

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  • sandra bell

    We need to leave the honey bees alone!!! Their numbers are dwindling. When they go, we go. There are plenty of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants available for humans in an array of colorful fruits and vegetables, many of which exist because of bees. It’s in their nature to give us a wonderful gift, let’s leave their private homes alone. Why are humans such greedy, grabbing interlopers? Why is more-than-enough still not enough? At the rate we are going, we shall finally succeed in our systematic destruction of the web of life that sustains us.

  • Merl Elton

    Yes, I agress with Sandra. Honey bees are more than worth their size and weight in 18K gold with diamonds for eyes. Honey bees are a precious commodity that we cannot afford to lose. Bees keep the food systems going. And bees polinate the foods and plant life that we love the most: delicious and highly nutritious berries, fruits, nuts, beautiful flowers, etc. God said that nature in her boutiful abundance gives us everything we need to live a long, painfree, healthy life. If we lose a vital link in that God-given chain of life it will be to our peril and not just the honeybees’. Let’s concentrate all of our energy and efforts on saving and ecouraging great numbers of these precious little gems who are gifts
    from God. Respect the intelligent and sweet natured honeybees.

  • Peter Bowers

    Think of it this way, if enough interest is generated in a new science maybe, just maybe, intense effort will be directed into finding the cause of bee population decline. I’m a bee keeper, are you? If not, why not? You could be part of the solution rather than wring your hands over an issue that you haven’t explored. Not to be offensive, but you need to be involved if your concern really means something.

  • Tom

    Is there any chance you guys can spell check your articles before you publish them???

    A mistake once in a great while is OK, but several in one article is unacceptable and definitely not professional.

    Thank you.

    • Dorothy

      Tom, what are you? The word police. Come on now what is being professional have to do do with someone making a comment.

    • libertytrain

      For me, I can forgive the typing mistakes – I’m more interested in what they were trying to say…

  • http://ACYCLOVIR.TK Mally

    A medication is a licenced drug taken to cure or reduce symptoms.


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