The coronavirus pandemic obliges the scientists around the world to look for new opportunities to defeat the disease. To date, more than 50 million people have already been infected with it, more than 1.2 million cases have died. The virus is spreading and in many countries there is a second wave of the disease. Unfortunately, there is still no cure for the disease and the scientists continue to look for new solutions to combat the coronavirus.
Certain treatments, including azithromycin, dexamethasone, remdesivir, and plasma therapy in recovered patients, showed an efficacy. But the fight against the severe manifestation of the COVID-19 still remains.
A team of Pakistani researchers, in collaboration with colleagues from the United States and Canada, conducted a study examining the effectiveness of a combination of honey and nigella sativa. The study of these components showed the features of the antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory effects on the body.
Honey lk5 was found to have beneficial effects on many viruses, including herpes simplex virus, rubella and even chickenpox. It was shown to be resistant to antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, boosting immunity and enhancing immune responses. The medicinal plant nigella sowing, or black cumin, has an antiviral effect on many viral manifestations.
It was also shown to reduce the replication of the coronavirus. Its components were found to be similar to proteins and enzymes that act against the coronavirus base. The scientists conducted an experiment, offering patients with severe manifestations of coronavirus infection honey and black cumin, combining them on different days, and placebo for 13 days.
The results showed that the use of a combination of honey and black cumin helped to clear the virus from the body and reduce the severity of the disease.