Honey as a Natural Nutraceutical: Its Combinational Therapeutic Strategies Applicable to Blood Infections—Septicemia, HIV, SARS-CoV-2, Malaria

Caoimhin Mackin, Divakar Dahiya, Poonam Singh - Nee Nigam

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Abstract

Honey is a natural substance that has existed alongside humanity since the time of antiquity, acting then as a source of nutrition, as well as a source of medicinal aid for people. Ancient civilizations from multiple nations of the world, from ancient China to ancient Greece and Egypt, utilized the supposed healing properties of honey to treat lacerations and wounds, as well as for internal pathologies such as intestinal disease. At present, honey has entered the modern scientific research program in search of novel antibiotics. In recent research, honey has demonstrated its potential use for static and/or cidal effects on microbial strains which are becoming resistant to chemical antibiotics. Additionally, the use of honey as an agent of treatment for more severe infections, namely blood infections pertaining to septicemia, HIV, and SARS-CoV-2, as well as parasitic infections such as malaria, have also been investigated in recent years. In this article, the literature has been reviewed on some of the therapeutic properties of natural nutraceutical honey, where it has been observed to act as a potential ameliorating agent; reducing the severity of such conditions that may amplify a disease, as well as reducing the progression of the disease and its symptoms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1154
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalPharmaceuticals
Volume16
Issue number8
Early online date14 Aug 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished online - 14 Aug 2023

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Funding Information:
The writing of this review did not receive any grants from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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© 2023 by the authors.

Keywords

  • nutraceutical
  • honey
  • Blood
  • Therapy
  • Sepsis
  • HIV
  • SARS-Cov-2
  • COVID- 19
  • Malaria
  • therapy
  • malaria
  • blood
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • sepsis

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