Could Honey Prevent Heart Attacks?

  • Known as trehalose, it causes immune cells to remove plaque from arteries
  • Mice injected with trehalose had artery plaque measuring 0.25mm across 
  • The plaque of animals that did not receive the sugar measured in at 0.35mm
  • Plaque size was not reduced in mice given oral trehalose or other sugar types

A natural sugar found in honey could prevent heart attacks, new research suggests.

The sugar, known as trehalose, activates a protein that causes immune cells to remove fatty plaque from arteries, the study found.

Trehalose was found to reduce the size of plaque in mice by around 30 percent.

Plaque builds up inside the arteries in a condition known as atherosclerosis. This causes the arteries to harden and become less elastic, putting people at risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and even heart attacks.

Trehalose is also found in mushrooms, lobsters and prawns.

 

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