Mar 17 , 2023
Arabinogalactan protein or AGP is a bioactive protein found in the cell walls of plants. It is the active ingredient found in abundance in New Zealand Kānuka Honey – which is different from Manuka honey.
Arabinogalactan protein has been scientifically proven to be immunostimulatory, meaning it has the ability to stimulate the immune system. AGPs release a type of cytokine called macrophages from the immune system.
Macrophages are highly specialised cells that can detect and destroy harmful bacteria while activating the anti-inflammatory process. They can also send antigens to T cells!
Cytokines are proteins responsible for the robust infection and wound healing properties of Kānuka honey.
TranzAlphine, accessed July 2022, <https://tranzalpinehoney.co.nz/2022/07/what-is-arabinogalactan-protein/>.