UNAM scientists recommend taking propolis to prevent COVID–19

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By CAPosts 03 August, 2020 - 12:20pm 186 views

Although there is no medicine yet to treat COVID–19, UNAM recommends the use of propolis to keep the immune response ready.

UNAM's Facuttlán Higher Studies recommended 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 in viral, fungal and bacterial microorganisms.

Dr. Tonatiuh Cruz Sánchez, head of the Laboratory of Analysis of Microbiological Bioprospecting of Propolis, 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 fenetyl ester of caffeic acid (CAPE), which acts on polymerase, an enzyme capable of replicating an infectious microorganism, which makes it an excellent antibacterial. Flavonoids also contain antioxidants such as pinocembrine and quercetin, which are attributed antiviral activity," UNAM explained in a statement.

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The laboratory performed various cytotoxicity tests on cell cultures infected with various types of microorganisms, such as pseudorrabia and canine moquillo, obtaining positive results before, during and after infection thanks to propolis:

"The biological activity of propolis was studied in three different stages of pseudo-shea in pigs and canine moquillo: placing it in a cell culture before inoculating prevented access of viruses into cell receptors and, when applied during and after infection, replication of the pathogen decreased."

The University's recommendation is to consume 20 to 30 drops of propolis daily, from seven to eight sprays, or to ingest one or two tablespoons of syrup and combine them with eye drops.

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In addition, the doctor at the head of the Laboratory explained that "although the effect of propolis in COVID-19 has not yet been studied, the extract can be used as a complementary treatment, raising the dose from 40 to 60 drops, three times a day".

However, it should be reaffirmed that propolis is not a medicine, which cannot be the basis of treatment for someone with COVID–19 and that por subposed, the administration does not in any way replace hygiene measures, the use of head coverings and social estrangement.

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