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Bee Products - Chemical and Biological Properties

  • José M Alvarez-Suarez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Honey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Estefanía Sánchez Reyes, José Sánchez Sanchéz
      Pages 3-19
    3. Silvia Sánchez Durán, José Sánchez Sánchez
      Pages 21-41
    4. Celestino Santos-Buelga, Ana M. González-Paramás
      Pages 43-82
    5. Hana Scepankova, Jorge A. Saraiva, Letícia M. Estevinho
      Pages 83-96
  3. Propolis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Celestino Santos-Buelga, Ana M. González-Paramás
      Pages 99-111
    3. Maria Graça Miguel, Ana Cristina Figueiredo
      Pages 113-136
    4. Weam Siheri, Sameah Alenezi, Jonans Tusiimire, David G. Watson
      Pages 137-178
  4. Royal Jelly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Xiaofeng Xue, Liming Wu, Kang Wang
      Pages 181-190
    3. Maria G. Miguel, Soukaïna El-Guendouz
      Pages 191-197
    4. Manuel Viuda-Martos, José A. Pérez-Alvarez, Juana Fernández-López
      Pages 199-218
  5. Bee Pollen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Adriane Alexandre Machado De-Melo, Ligia Bicudo de Almeida-Muradian
      Pages 221-259
    3. Adriane Alexandre Machado De-Melo, Ligia Bicudo de Almeida-Muradian
      Pages 261-276
  6. Honey Bee Venom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Sok Cheon Pak
      Pages 279-285

About this book


This book presents an updated discussion of the chemical composition and biological properties of the main bee products. Specific attention is focused on the beneficial biological activities of bee products in human health. Honey, royal jelly, propolis, bee pollen and bee venom are used as nutriment and in traditional medicine. Their composition is rather variable and depends on the floral source and external factors, such as seasonal, environmental conditions and processing. Bee products are rich in several essential nutrients and non essential nutrients, as sugars, minerals, proteins, free amino acids, vitamins, enzymes and polyphenols, that seem to be closely related to their biological functions. The effects of these products in nutrition, aging and age-related diseases, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and pathogen infections are discussed.


Biochemistry of bee products Consensus Formation Actualization Research methods

Editors and affiliations

  • José M Alvarez-Suarez
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad de Las AméricasQuitoEcuador

About the editors

José M. Alvarez-Suarez is a senior research at the Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador. He has extensively studied the quality parameters of honey, especially that from monofloral origin, as well as the relationship between its chemical composition and biological properties.  A distinctive feature of their research is the study of the biochemical mechanisms by which honey activates the mechanisms of antioxidant defense at the cellular level by the activation of the AMPK/Nrf2/ARE signalling pathway, protecting mitochondrial functionality and promoting cell proliferation.

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