South Africa’s honey industry has been hit by a wave of virus infections.
Many of the country’s commercial honeybee colonies have been wiped out.
However, a new study has found that honey can actually help in combating respiratory diseases and reducing COVID-19 deaths.
The study by researchers from the University of Witwatersrand (UNSW) and the University’s School of Public Health found that a study of honey from a variety of honey bee species helped to protect individuals against the virus.
“A combination of honey and a number of other compounds was shown to reduce COVID infection by up to 30 per cent, especially among people who had experienced acute respiratory infections, according to the report published in the journal PLOS ONE.”
In fact, our findings indicate that honey could be a more effective preventive tool than any other natural medicine,” said Dr. Kaitlyn F. van der Meulen from UNSW.”
Honey could also be a very effective treatment for COVID.
“The study involved nearly 10,000 volunteers in the Netherlands and Denmark who were randomly assigned to receive either a honey placebo or a combination of the honey and vitamins.
The participants were also given the same type of vitamin supplement that they were given when they started taking the daily vitamin D supplement.”
After a two-week period, we observed a reduction in the prevalence of COVID, particularly in the elderly, and a decrease in respiratory symptoms in the presence of COFFV-19. “
The study looked at how honey, honeycomb, and other bee pollen, honey extracts, and bee proteins affected the respiratory illness and COVID mortality of volunteers.”
After a two-week period, we observed a reduction in the prevalence of COVID, particularly in the elderly, and a decrease in respiratory symptoms in the presence of COFFV-19.
We also found that there was a reduction of COIDS-related mortality among volunteers who were receiving honey.
“The honey study was carried out in conjunction with a project conducted by the Dutch and Danish governments, and the research team from UNSC has published its findings on the results in the current issue of PLOS One.
The honey found in the study was extracted from a species called “Honey bee” which was not a native to South Africa.
This species is the main source of honey in the country.
The researchers were able to obtain the bees because of its high levels of natural antibiotics.
The research found that the bees in the honey had a very low level of COVEV-15.”
It was very surprising that honey from the wild was so effective at reducing respiratory symptoms, as there was no correlation with the presence or absence of COV-16,” he added.”
However, we also saw that it was a significant reduction in COVEVID-14 and COVEID-19 prevalence.”
It was very surprising that honey from the wild was so effective at reducing respiratory symptoms, as there was no correlation with the presence or absence of COV-16,” he added.
The researchers also found a strong correlation between the presence and severity of the coronivirus infection and the duration of COVI symptoms.”
Our study provides a very strong case for honey and other natural products to be used as a treatment option for COVI,” said F. M. van d Bos.”
This could provide an additional option for individuals who have suffered severe COVID symptoms, or who have not yet recovered from COVID and are unable to travel outside of South Africa,” he concluded.
Honey is a natural remedy for respiratory infections due to the fact that it contains antibacterial and antifungal compounds, which act as protective measures against many viruses.
According to UNSW, this is the first study that has evaluated the effectiveness of honey on respiratory disease.