Most of us are familiar with honey medicinal properties – assuming, of course, that some international international food company is not diluted with water.
But researchers from the University of Southern Cross have discovered a new form of naturally occurring sweetener that has the potential to make men and bees obviously healthier.
The new honey variation of bee that is devoted to tea trees comes, giving the abnormalities of antioxidants and unusual antibody microbes that leave generic hides in the shade.
Dr David Rudd of the University's School of Environment, Science and Engineering carried out the research into a tree plantation in the Bungawalbyn Valley, to the southwest of Evans Head.
During the research trials, a tea tree for the sweet bee was given as a diet supplement and were also able to naturally feed in the old tree plantations growing growth.
We found that bees feeding on Melaleuca trees produce honey that combines antioxidant activity immediately and even significant significant anti-microbial activity in young honey, without having to wait for the honey to mature & # 39 ;, says Dr Rudd.
He said that feeding a tea tree, not only, had benefited people who eat honey but their own bees, as a result of the generation of bioactive monoterpene.
A diet of Melaleuca trees is slightly different from what bees usually feed, so we wanted to carry out an analysis of hidden microbes in case there are any problems for the bees, and # 39; says Dr Rudd.
But we found that the small changes in the crust suggest that the bees could treat tea areas very well, and in fact gave a little higher immune function to the bees, making them more resistant to bacterial infections and viral infections without affecting the coarse metabolic function;
So, a deck tree within the diet acted as a probiotic for metabolism, increasing beneficial protective bacteria from immune while maintaining nectar metabolism bacteria within the yellow bee ".
When he came to the vital question of a taste, Dr Rudd said that the yellow had to split into the tea tree: a more lighter attitude to the taste, like that Freshness you have in tea-cough lollies & c.
While still in his probationary period, the research is being developed in conjunction with Meluka Honey, the North NSW producer, which means that every chances appear on local shelves faster rather than later.
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