The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)scientists recommend taking propolis to prevent COVID – 19
Although there is still no medicine to treat COVID-19, UNAM recommends the use of propolis to keep the immune response in check.
The Faculty of Higher Studies Cuautitlán of the UNAM recommended the preventive use of this substance made by bees against COVID-19 and other viral diseases, such as seasonal influenza, thanks to the biological activity it has on viral, fungal and bacterial microorganisms.
Dr. Tonatiuh Cruz Sánchez, head of the Propolis Microbiological Bioprospecting Analysis Laboratory, explained that among the more than 300 chemical compounds observed over a decade of laboratory research, the phenols and flavonoids are responsible for their antimicrobial and probably antiviral action:
“Within the phenols is the phenethyl ester of caffeic acid (CAPE), which acts on polymerase, an enzyme capable of replicating an infectious microorganism, making it an excellent antibacterial. Also, flavonoids contain antioxidants such as pinocembrin and quercetin, which are attributed antiviral activity, “UNAM explained in a statement.
The laboratory carried out different cytotoxicity tests on cell cultures infected with various types of microorganisms, such as pseudorabies and canine distemper, obtaining positive results before, during and after infection thanks to propolis:
“The biological activity of propolis was studied in three different stages of pseudorabies in pigs and canine distemper: by placing it in a cell culture before inoculating, the access of viruses to cell receptors was prevented and, by applying it during and after infection, pathogen replication decreased. “
The University’s recommendation is to consume 20 to 30 drops of propolis daily, seven to eight sprays, or take one or two tablespoons of syrup and combine them with eye drops.
Furthermore, the doctor at the head of the Laboratory explained that “although the effect of propolis on COVID-19 has not yet been studied, the extract can be used as a complementary treatment, increasing the dose from 40 to 60 drops, three times a day”.
However, it is necessary to reaffirm that propolis is not a medicine, it cannot be the basis of treatment for someone with COVID-19 and that by course, its administration does not replace in any way hygiene measures, the use of face masks and social distancing.
Where do you find the best quality propolis? It comes from New Zealand according to Dr. Hiroshi Maruta who says that New Zealand propolis has the highest levels of CAPE – up to 5 times more than propolis from other countries, Dr. Maruta is using New Zealand propolis in his anti-cancer studies.