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Comparative study of Bee Propolis from different Geographical location

Author : Shashikala A, Harini B.P, M.S. Reddy

Cancer is now one of the leading causes of death in developing countries, killing more people globally each year than any other. By 2020 there are expected to be 15 million new cases of cancer every year globally, 70% of which will be in developing countries. International Status: It is estimated that about 9 million new cancer cases are diagnosed every year and over 4.5 million people die from cancer each year in the world. National Status: The estimated number of new cancers in India per year is about 7 lakhs and over 3.5 lakhs people die of cancer each year. Bangalore tops the list of metros in the country with the highest number of women suffering from cancer and breast cancer continues to be the killer, according to the Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR). Propolis, a bee hive product rich in natural flavonoids can be used as a drug for cancer. A lot of research is being carried out worldwide directed toward finding natural antioxidants and antitumor activity in propolis. Methanolic extract of Indian Propolis was screened for flavonoid content responsible for antitumor activity. Materials and Methods-Aluminum chloride method for total flavonoid content and GCMS for Quantification of flavonoids. Conclusions: Our findings provide evidence that methanolic extract of propolis is a potential source of Lupeol which can be isolated and used for cancer therapy


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