How Honey Acts as an Antioxidant?
|Ahmed Moussa1*, Aissat Saad1 and Djebli Noureddine2|
|1Institute of Veterinary Sciences University Ibn-Khaldoun of Tiaret 14000, Algeria|
|2Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Mostaganem (27000), Algeria|
|Corresponding Author :||Ahmed Moussa
Institute of Veterinary Sciences
University Ibn-Khaldoun of Tiaret, Algeria
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|Received March 05, 2012; Accepted March 09, 2012; Published March 12, 2012|
|Citation: Moussa A, Saad A, Noureddine D (2012) How Honey Acts as an Antioxidant?. Medicinal Aromatic Plants 1:e121. doi:10.4172/2167-0412.1000e121|
|Copyright: © 2012 Moussa A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Although it is widely accepted that honey is beneficial to health, thanks to its antioxidant properties among all of its beneficial aspects. Explanation(s) remain obscure, and the mechanism by which it acts also so far remains to be elucidated. The antioxidant activity of honey has been extensively studied, but there are remarkable discrepancies in the published data. The main cause and far from being negligible is that honey is a very complex mixture containing a number of ingredients involved in “oxidant/antioxidant” physiological processes (hydrogen peroxide, nitrite, nitrate, glucose, glucose oxidase, iron, copper, chlorine, iodine, catalase, tyrosine, tryptophane, arginine, flavonoides, phenolics acids, Maillard reaction products, its pH is not stable, etc…). Till recent days, there was no standardized method to assess this property.