April 13, 2020

Can Royal Jelly Help with Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Can Royal Jelly Help with Coronavirus COVID 19

Can Royal Jelly Help with Coronavirus COVID 19

This article is for informational purposes only. The current coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing event and certain details may change as new information comes to light. No effective or FDA-approved products are currently available for the treatment of the new coronavirus (also known as SARS-CoV-2 or 2019-nCoV), although research is still ongoing.

Royal jelly is a milky substance secreted by honey bees and fed to developing offspring. Like honey, it can be harvested by beekeepers from honey bee colonies grown in unique queen-making beehives.

Immune Boosting

Royal jelly can affect the immune system by balancing levels and improving responses of specific immune cells [Th1/Th2]. In mice, supplementation shifted the immune response to an allergen from Th2 to Th1 dominance, reduced allergen levels in the blood, and improved skin allergy response [1, 2].

In another study with mice, those given a royal jelly supplement had higher antibody levels and faster immune system cell growth [3].

Royalisin is thought to be the compound within the royal jelly responsible for these immune benefits [4].

In mice, royal jelly has shown immune-boosting activity.

Asthma and Respiratory Allergies

As opposed to propolis, which improved asthma symptoms in mice, both royal jelly and honey worsened them. This may be due to their immuno-stimulatory and vasodilatory effects [5]. However, its protein MRJP3 did reduce allergic responses in asthmatic mice [6].

In fact, royal jelly has been reported to cause allergic reactions with asthma, respiratory distress, and anaphylaxis in sensitized people [7, 8, 9, 10].

Royal jelly’s immune-stimulating properties may be harmful in asthma and allergic reactions.

Anti Infection Potential

In a cell-based study, royal jelly inhibited the virus that causes oral herpes (HSV-1) [11].

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