Honey as the Potential Natural Source of Cholinesterase Inhibitors in Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Ewa Baranowska-Wójcik
  • Dominik SzwajgierEmail author
  • Anna Winiarska-Mieczan
Short Communication


Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized, among others by abnormal levels of acetyl- and butyrylcholinesterase in the brain. In this study, 47 types of Polish honeys were examined (using colorimetric method) as a source of acetyl- and butyrylcholinesterase inhibitors. The highest potential for AChE inhibition was observed in the case of buckwheat honey (39.51% inhibition), while multi-floral honey showed the highest capacity for BChE inhibition (39.76%). Our study revealed that honeys can be a rich source of cholinesterase inhibitors and therefore may play a role in AD treatment.


Acetylcholine AChE BChE Honey Alzheimer’s disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewa Baranowska-Wójcik
    • 1
  • Dominik Szwajgier
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anna Winiarska-Mieczan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, Microbiology and Human NutritionUniversity of Life Sciences in LublinLublinPoland
  2. 2.Department of Bromatology and Food PhysiologyUniversity of Life Sciences in LublinLublinPoland

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