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MEAD, historically a popular drink in Slovakia, contains biologically valuable substances that can be beneficial to human health, according to a recent study by researchers from the Slovak University of Technology (STU) in cooperation with manufacturer Včelco from Trnava.

MEAD, historically a popular drink in Slovakia, contains biologically valuable substances that can be beneficial to human health, according to a recent study by researchers from the Slovak University of Technology (STU) in cooperation with manufacturer Včelco from Trnava.

In the Včelco mead, and in Pressburg Mead, a similar product, phenol substances and flavonoids have been shown to be present. These are natural biologically active compounds that have several positive biological effects, for instance as anti-oxidants and anti-microbials.

Ernest Šturdík of STU stated that the amount of phenol substances in mead is comparable to white wines and much higher than in beer.

Slovakia is not only one of the top mead producers – as was proven, for example, at the Apimondia world competition of honey and mead producers in France – but also one of the first worldwide to study the effects of mead on human health.

The work of the Department of Nutrition and Food Evaluation of the Institute of Biochemistry, Nutrition, and Health Protection at the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology of STU includes extensive research of international databases of scientific literature and patent sources; this suggests that they are pioneers in this kind of research.

“Although mead is one of the oldest drinks in the history of humankind, the study of it is only beginning,” Radoslav Opalek of Včelco told the TASR newswire.


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