Did you know that Kangaroo Island is home to the only native species of Ligurian Bee in the world?
Kangaroo Island is actually a Bee sanctuary which means that no mainland honey products are allowed on the island!
The Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee collects pollen from pristine coastal vegetation, native Mallee and Eucalyptus gum trees.
Nativefoodandwine.com explains that the Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee is now playing a part in the potential treatment for cancer.
"This unique Bee, originally from Italy is now playing part in combating two types of disease. First, research is being conducted on the KI bees to help scientist protect the rest of the world’s honey bee population, the second is in the battle against cancer.
All hives produce an antibacterial substance called propolis. The bees use it to do everything from plugging holes to keeping the hive sterile by enclosing any harmful substance.
Most of the propolis produced on KI is sent to Japan however samples are now being sent to the University of Sydney pharmacy faculty for analyzation.
Early research results show that propolis taken from the hives of KI is high in Resveratrol, the mysterious “French Paradox Medicine.” Resveratrol is a naturally occurring stilbene that is an effective antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and has been effective in the treatment of tumors. Additionally, the presence of tetrahydroxystilbene has been found in KI propolis and only in KI propolis.
This is significant because the tetrahydroxystilbene in conjunction with Resveratrol is so far unique in all of nature. Could this combination be the wonder drug?"