Honey may have a profound effect in reducing the risk and treatment of varicella-zoster virus (VZV), some scientists suggested.
Varicella-zoster virus is a member of the herpesviruses that cause chickenpox in children, teens, and young adults, and shingles and recurrent shingles in adults.
The rich golden liquid It is considered one of healthy sweet food for replacing the use of white sugar and artificial sweetener by many people.
With an aim to find a natural ingredient ]or whole food for the prevention and treatment of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver evaluated the anti-viral effect of honey on varicella zoster virus in vitro.
The tested VZV was obtained from a zoster vesicle.
Manuka and clover kinds of honey were used at concentrations ranging from 0-6% wt/vol in the study.
During the experiment, various concentrations of manuka and clover honey were added to the tissue culture medium of VZV-infected human malignant melanoma (MeWo) cell.
Dr. Shahzad A, said, "honey may be an excellent remedy to treat zoster rash in developing countries where antiviral drugs are expensive or not easily available".
However, further data collection large example size and multi-centers studies performed with human consumption of the whole food during the course of the disease will be necessary to complete the picture of honey anti chickenpox and anti shingles possibilities.
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(1) In vitro antiviral activity of honey against varicella zoster virus (VZV): A translational medicine study for potential remedy for shingles by Shahzad A1, Cohrs RJ. (PubMed)
(2) Varicella Zoster Complications by Maria A. Nagel, MDa and Don Gilden, MD. (PubMed)