bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, April 26, 2004

Propolis v HIV

Propolis, the bee glue with anti-bacterial properties, is being studied by University of Minnesota researchers for its inhibiting effects upon the HIV virus.
But because propolis comes from the existing trees and plants in the area, it could have hundreds of chemical compounds that differ in each region around the world.

Gardner said part of the grant money will help researchers identify the chemical fraction of propolis that makes it effective against HIV. He said they hope to get the first data within the next couple weeks.

... Preliminary results show that propolis inhibited viral activity in the [HIV-infected brain cell] samples and did not inhibit the effectiveness of two classes of HIV drugs, as other botanical supplements can do.
They hope that a few more tests will enable the multi-disciplinary team to get federal funding.


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