Trigona/Kelulut honey have long been introduced only to discover this Trigona honey goodness. What is Trigona/kelulut bees? This is a family of honey bees also, but it is smaller and did not sting. Unlike most bees, kelulut not harmful to humans and the honey produced is useful in medicine and health. Like bees, Kelulut also form complex social colonies. MARDI in Malaysia has conducted research on this species and found Trigona bees in Malaysia has many species of Kelulut bees. In Malaysia , there are 30 over species Trigona bees.
This Kelulut bees produce honey and propolis rich in antioxidants. Slightly different with ordinary honey bees, honey from the Kelulut bees is light in color, it taste is not like the other honey, its not as sweet, sweet flavor it more earthly. Sometimes it can taste like some wood. Because the nest is near to the group, like in a tree stump and difference from the normal honey bee which up high in the tree.
Propolis can also function as anti-fungal, anti fungus, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory that is commonly used as active ingredients in cosmetics, creams and tablets. Kelulut honey is still in the research and potential commercialization.
Antioxidants have many functions, especially in the cancer problem. Among the reported illnesses cured through traditional treatment methods is the use of propolis are :
- kidney stones
- and HIV / AIDS.
Based on studies conducted under the supervision of Assoc. Prof Dr. Amrah Siti Sulaiman, from USM Kelulut states of Malaysia, that kelulut honey could reduce glucose levels for diabetics and effective prevent cancer and gout.
Anyhow, general speaking, for its nutritional value and benefit, said its far better than the normal honey. No wonder it so much more expensive.