Capilano launches world-first clinically tested prebiotic honey

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 5th October 2016

Capilano is now selling the world’s first clinically tested prebiotic honey.

The ‘Beeotic’ honey is listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration as a therapeutic good. A clinical study was conducted through the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to formally identify the prebiotic health potential of select Australian honeys.

Dr Ben Mckee, Managing Director of Capilano, said Beeotic allows Capilano to cement its role in the lives of health conscious consumers around the world.

“This world-first health and wellness innovation has been a long time in the making, and marks an exciting time for both Capilano and our beekeepers,” Dr McKee said.

Capilano says the scientific community has long believed honey to be a good source of prebiotics but there were no human clinical studies to support this.

“Honey has been used to help normalise digestive balance for many years,” said Professor Patricia Conway from UNSW.

“The focus of the clinical study was to scientifically validate the specifications of a prebiotic honey to deliver consumers certainty around its potential health and wellness benefits,” Professor Conway said.

“Consuming prebiotic rich foods can help the good bacteria in your gut grow, improving the goodto-bad bacteria ratio and therefore helping improve your digestive health,” she said.

“The results of the clinical study found that at a dose of 14mL, approximately one tablespoon per day, certain honeys significantly raised the levels of good bacteria and suppressed potentially harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. Furthermore, levels of good bacteria decreased once the participants stopped taking the honey for a period of time,” she said.

“The discovery of eight key oligosaccharides believed to be contributing to the prebiotic activity of honey was identified, which allows Capilano to test and detect, with certainty, the honeys which contain the beneficial prebiotic oligosaccharides,” Professor Conway stated.

Beeotic will be sold in Australian supermarkets, pharmacies and selected health food stores. It is made from 100 per cent Australian honey.