Published online Mar 9, 2015. doi: 10.5497/wjp.v4.i1.160
Peer-review started: November 13, 2014
First decision: December 26, 2014
Revised: January 3, 2015
Accepted: January 18, 2015
Article in press: Janurary 20, 2015
Published online: March 9, 2015
Core tip: Natural honey has been widely used in traditional medicine to treat a wide range of ailments and complaints. Honey contains various components that exhibit wide activities including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties. The present review assesses the chemopreventive effects of natural honey and its components in the modulation and prevention of gastrointestinal cancers.