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

Written by Carlos Tello, PhD (Molecular Biology) | Last updated:
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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].

About the Author

Carlos Tello

Carlos Tello

PhD (Molecular Biology)
Carlos received his PhD and MS from the Universidad de Sevilla.
Carlos spent 9 years in the laboratory investigating mineral transport in plants. He then started working as a freelancer, mainly in science writing, editing, and consulting. Carlos is passionate about learning the mechanisms behind biological processes and communicating science to both academic and non-academic audiences. He strongly believes that scientific literacy is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid falling for scams.

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