Treating COVID-19 with Honey

How does honey help?

According to several studies, raw honey may be beneficial for people with COVID-19 through its many ways of boosting the immune system.  Additionally, honey has been proven to contain powerful antiviral and antibiotic properties.  

COVID-19

As of now, the COVID-19 pandemic has been ongoing for almost 18-months, with the Delta variant currently causing a 4th wave in many places.  Honey should be included with various other options for maintaining your health during this pandemic.  This is even more important among the immune-compromised and those that choose to be unvaccinated or are in frequent contact with many people. 

Health benefits of honey and manuka honey

Honey is a good source of healthy compounds such as vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals like calcium and zinc.  The healing strength of these compounds is generally the same except for a unique type of honey from New Zealand called Manuka honey.  Unlike other honeys, manuka honey has high levels of Methylglyoxal (MGO) which acts as an antibiotic that is so strong that it is FDA approved for treating patients with wounds. More info about manuka honey.

Honey for cough and soar throat

Many health institutes also recommend honey as a treatment for cough which is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19.  Honey can also help soothe a soar throat and can be mixed with tea or warm lemon water for additional comfort. 

Honey dosage

A spoonful of honey can be taken daily for general health benefits and increased as needed when sick. The honey should be raw and unfiltered, so the healthy compounds have not been destroyed or removed.  This is often done to alter the look and taste of honey for unsuspecting customers at big-box grocery stores.  Manuka honey dosage is less than standard honey due to its higher strength which ranges from Regular strength of MGO 350 to High strength MGO 550

References

Prospects of honey in fighting against COVID-19: pharmacological insights and therapeutic promises

Heliyon. 2020 Dec; 6(12): e05798.Published online 2020 Dec 21. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e05798

Efficacy of Natural Honey Treatment in Patients With Novel Coronavirus

Mahmoud Ahmed Tantawy, Misr University for Science and Technology

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