"Sour" Honey and Cancer

Last November, a video was posted on You Tube that claimed "sour" honey was a cure for cancer. Since then, we have received a number of phone calls and e-mails about this claim. We even saw a spike in sales of our sourwood honey. All of this activity has prompted us to make the following comments.

First, we know of no credible medical evidence or scientific study that supports this claim. We hasten to add that we cannot give out any medical advice, so if you really want more information about this matter, ask your doctor. (UPDATE: After we first posted this article on February 8th, we were sent a link to an article from the National Institutes of Health regarding Honey as a Potential Natural Anticancer Agent.)

Second, we are in the honey business and we have never heard of "sour" honey as a specific variety. Approximately once a month, we receive offers of bulk honey for sale from both US and foreign companies and no one has ever offered us "sour" honey. We use the term sour honey for something altogether different. Once in a while, a beekeeper will harvest some frames of honey with a high moisture content. If this moisture content reaches 20% or more, then the honey will ferment. Fermented honey is called "sour" honey and is nasty stuff. If it is not too far gone, you can sometimes feed it back to the bees. But most of the time, it must be thrown out. (UPDATE: We recently saw a website offering "sour" honey at $2,497 per 12 ounce container. Yes, you read that right - TWO THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED and NINETY SEVEN DOLLARS for less than one pound of honey. All we can say is "buyer beware!".)

Third, sourwood honey is a legitimate honey variety. In fact, it is a premium American honey that comes from the nectar of the sourwood tree blossom. The sourwood tree gets its name from sour tasting leaves, but the honey is delicious. Sourwood honey is NOT the same thing as "sour" honey. You can read more about sourwood honey here.

Fourth, there are a number of articles that talk about the benefits of drinking warm water with honey and fresh lemon juice. Some of these benefits include boosting the immune system, aiding with digestion, and helping to cleanse the body. Read here for more information.

Finally, we do believe that eating raw, unfiltered honey does have a number of health benefits. We have written about this in past blog posts, such as here, here and here. So Eat Honey and Bee Happy, but don't believe everything you read or see on the internet!


25 Comments

John R
John R

June 16, 2017

Thanks for the information about fermented honey, it was what I was looking for when I Googled “sour honey.” I had an uncle 60 years ago who used pieces of honeycomb, from a bucket of what he called “sour honey,” as fishbait. To a little kid like me at the time, it had one of the worst odors I’d ever encountered. Your description of it as “nasty stuff” is correct. But, he claimed to catch a lot of fish using a cane pole and pieces of “sour honey” comb.

Mr. Bill
Mr. Bill

June 06, 2017

I have studied nutrition for years and can’t pronounce or spell the amino acids our cells need to reproduce. But the short of it is your body REQUIRES certain foods to rebuild. I don’t have the links to where I read this but the “Short of it” is there are five foods that contain nutrients you can’t get elsewhere. I remember sardines, honey, beets, peanuts, can’t remember the last one. When I input my food intake for one week, and I eat healthy, the linear programming package showed I’d only gotten 55% my “Required” nutrition. My step daughter’s diet of fruit loops and Mountain Dew would barely register! When are we going back to the “Nutrition Triangle” we had years ago? Fresh vegetables, fruit, milk, meat, fish, etc. Eat what you should, drink water with each meal, and keep carbohydrate count under 60 grams a day. I’m in my 70’s. and can still see my belt. Fresh air, activity, and sunshine all help.

Misty
Misty

June 01, 2017

It has cured cancer in humans and it is only from Brazil that i know of.

Pot head
Pot head

May 03, 2017

Yes honey is very beneficial don’t believe the FDA they lie

Mark
Mark

May 03, 2017

Anyone remember the acacia berry craze that cured cancer? I am sure some things work but there are more rip offs than cures.
I do believe that honey can help with your immune system and hopefully that could help fight the cancer

Jim
Jim

April 29, 2017

Part of world I came from people with cancer use honey and lemon, to treat cancer but they also use PROPOLIS . PROPOLIS is a honey bee produs and have to be collected and harvest special from the frames they said that the bees use that for desinfectation of the hive and containe more not know vitamin than they know and I know for sure it is use to treat skin cancer in combination with alcohol it is helping to heal open skin cancer. You guys have to do more research an honey, PROPOLIS and lemon.Lemon is alcalin and it destroy the cancer cells much is I know.God help and bless you to find the treatment that will help your needs.

Kelly
Kelly

April 28, 2017

I think their should be punishments for people (snake oil vendors) who prey on the very people who need the truth at there lowest moments in life. sincerely Kelly

Jamie
Jamie

April 23, 2017

There are views that government does not want you to know, I believe this sour honey that comes from the Brazilian honey bees is the real deal, also colloidal silver has cured cancer, thru testimony and witnessing this colloidal silver work on other listed diseases that it cures it is also amazing, due your research and see through testimony how these cures, really do save lives, colloidal silver used in latter stages of cancer along with chemo or radiation has cured cancer thru testimony of the survivors, Research is key my friends, Dr’s dont have a busineess without pushing pills, Check out the natural remedies and you will be amazed, I witnessed colloidal silver cure chrones disease, if they claim natural cures, you dont have anything to lose, choose well my friends, I’m a believer in colloidal silver, and I am very interested in the sour honey protocol! God bless!

danny
danny

April 19, 2017

i would like to know if this sour honey really works to kill cancer, i have been fighting cancer for two years. and now doctors say more treatments, i am getting no where.if any one has used this honey and no longer has cancer, please contact me need help thank u all.
Me
Me

April 18, 2017

Don’t debunk the theory that sour honey exists and cures cancer. The government does not want us to know of natures cures. Big pharma $$$$ .we know nature has the cure, not man made drugs.

Casin Justin
Casin Justin

April 15, 2017

You will get NO info on the sour honey in america. America makes billions on prescription drugs theres no way they will tell you theres a natural cure. Open your eyes people. Yall are all part of the program.

jimmy
jimmy

April 13, 2017

I was tpld 6 months ago that I had cancer. My doc told me 3 times that I should already be dead. Like most I started looking for help or a cure online. Most online cures drag you through 30 to 45 minutes ove a video to tell you you can get the cure if only you will buy their book. These miserable people praying on very sick people to put dollars in their pockets. A prison term is to good for these greedy snakeoil ones.

jean winiarz
jean winiarz

April 07, 2017

natural wellness is the way to survival. avoid. poisons and chemicals. and detox

Patricia
Patricia

March 29, 2017

This is to Karen who works in cancer research, I believe very strongly they have pulled the wool over your eyes. There is a cure for Cancer there is not way there has been all this research for this many years and nothing it is all about money and for all of the Americans that don’t believe this, it is true. The government and all the giving to research for cancer, its all about money that is it and population control. Everyone seems to think that Americans are stupid for all of you people including the government guess what were not stupid. I am so sick of this government already they need to tear it down and start over and we as American people need to quit donating to cancer research, because it is just another way for pharm companies to get our money. We all need to go natural and blow them al out of the water including the crappy doctors out there. Every pill we take sends us further to our grave .

Albert
Albert

March 24, 2017

Enjoyed all your comments ! I heard the same thing in an E-mail in my inbox.Also looking for Real info. that I can feel in my guts that has trueth written all over it.Good luck all! god bless and keep you All!!!

Louisa
Louisa

March 23, 2017

Started listening because I WAS aware of The Clinton Chronicles back in ‘93, ooh, scary. BUT i agreed with the other blogs on this. No info in the universe about ’sour’ honey. I love what honey does and think it and apple-cider vinegar are good antioxidants as my honey smelled MUCH better after only a few days of the above. However, bee pollen is what got rid of my serious allergies, forever and I’m talkin getting wrapped up in a sheet and rushed to the hospital over ‘grasses and weeds.’ Thanks for all the info, everyone.

franklin lyons
franklin lyons

March 23, 2017

Would. Like. To. Know if someone knows. Enough. To share. The. Real truth, god bless us. All.

trish
trish

March 23, 2017

I don’t believe the guy who says its free, but buy my book…and would not “buy into his schemes”… .however, I look for actual studies/journal writings on Honey / inflammation/ cancer/…I saw this 2013 data. I agree with the person working in oncology…not researching on Sour Honey which you can only buy for certain through the snake oil guy….but looking at the below data and if searching for newer research/those writing in journals (publishing) then there could be good data to follow. They give real info – real type of honey used – real usage amounts (as my holistic doc said – a supplement is a a certain level to take a therapeutic amount is completely different level of intake. /www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3865795/
Excerpt: Of these natural products, honey has been extensively researched. The mechanism of the anti-cancer activity of honey as chemopreventive and therapeutic agent has not been completely understood. The possible mechanisms are due to its apoptotic, antiproliferative, antitumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF), antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, estrogenic and immunomodulatory activities. …….
Excerpt: It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory 9, antimicrobial 10, antimutagenic 11, antioxidant [1Honey has been shown to affect cell cycle arrest. Administration of honey mixed with Aloe vera solution showed a marked decrease in expression of Ki67-LI in tumor cells in rats 14. It suggests that honey therapy could lead to lowering tumor cell proliferation by arresting cell cycle 2, and antitumor [7, 13, 14] effects. ……
Excerpt: Royal jelly (RJ) proteins (apalbumin-1 and apalbumin-2) in honey have antitumor properties. These proteins stimulate macrophages to release cytokines TNF-α, interleukin-1(IL-1) and interlueken-6 (IL-6) [41, 42]. Pasture, jelly bush, and Manuka honeys (at concentrations of 1% w/v) stimulate monocytes to release tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin- (IL-) 1β and IL-6 [43, 44]. ……..
Excerpt: The antitumor effect of honey may be attributed to its antioxidant activity [75, 76]. An enhanced antioxidant status with apoptosis has been observed in hepatocellular carcinoma cells 75. Daily consumption of 1.2 g/kg body weight of honey has been shown to elevate the amount and the activity of antioxidant agents such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, glutathione reductase, and uric acid 60……however note: it was taken with Aloe Vera
Excerpt: Manuka honey exerts its apoptotic effect on cancer cells through the induction of the caspase 9 which in turn activates the caspase-3, the executor protein. …..
I would be interested in acquiring the honeys listed in the data; and if anyone else has found more data suggesting other honeys (they even talked about Greek honey extracts exert estrogen agonistic effect at high concentrations (20–100 lg/mL) and antagonistic effect at low concentrations (0.2–5 μg/mL) 17…. my great grandmother (midwife/herbalist) living to 99 said Honey was very important for health/inflammatory issues/burns — now they are starting to use honey on burn victims – as it heals the skin — she already knew this and had helped a burn victim because that is what her grandmother told her it would actually work -not old wives tells, but actually worked. We need to blend both sides of medicine and use both sides effectively……

Jim Urban
Jim Urban

March 22, 2017

In response to Leila’s comments on research , if done in Brazil, it would probably be done in Portuguese not Spanish.

Tim
Tim

March 21, 2017

I believe that 99% of these so called cures for cancer are bull but I will keep investigating to find a cure for all people! If anyone has any more info about any cancer cures please get back to me have a good day!

Wayne
Wayne

March 19, 2017

Unless you can prove there is no healing power in sour honey, then stop, my dad was giving six months to live, bone cancer, he opted for a controversial treatment not approved in the United States. It has been 6 plus years and there is no cancer. Hasn’t been since 6 months after the treatment. The procedure could have killed him, but like he said,“I was gonna die in 6 months anyway”. He’s still here. Stem cell therapy, washing his stem cells and or platelets, can’t remember. We never know what’s out there. When it’s your life in jeopardy, you tend to think more open mindedly. I thank the people who put there selves out there to expose something besides more drugs to my dad. We are now closer than ever. Thanks, Kowboy

Vicki
Vicki

March 19, 2017

I listened to the video about natural cures by Dr. Allen Spreem. I have no idea of the efficacy of the treatments he outlined. I can tell you, that as an ER nurse, that many medications do more harm than good. Big Pharma is a reality. Class action lawyers are making a killing because of it.

Dennis
Dennis

March 18, 2017

I for one havent tried this product ,but i do believe that the pharma co. do know about this posible natural cure ,they dont push it because it would cut into there pockets deeply annd then they wouldnt be able to control congress or our government we all know how they work, and its us the middle class who pays for it I have a circulation problem in my legs&feet and have been taking oxy for 7 yrs for pain, would love to try something natural that would help.

Jerome
Jerome

March 17, 2017

How many oncologists or cancer researchers die from cancer each year. If they are in the know and areor are not dieing from cancer would tell me about whereal cancer research really is.

Norm
Norm

March 15, 2017

Until you’ve been faced with a life and death decision, your opinions mean squat. If you believe it will work and you have faith then there’ a good chance it will work. I watched my father in law slip away and the more dimentia medication he was given, (the side affects are dimantia) the faster he slid, and oh by the way, when they get on them they can’t get off. Its a one way trip to the casket used only for behavior control. The pharms only competition is the naturals. By the way just take a look at the GMO"s and what they done to the naturals. Stop drinking the pharm coolaid.

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