What is Propolis
Propolis is known as nature’s antibiotic. It is a natural resin found in the young buds of trees. Bees collect the resin, mix it with their own enzymes and beeswax to produce propolis.
Bees use Propolis to insulate their hives. Creating a secure and sterile environment. This protects the bees from disease and to some extent outside predators and temperature fluctuations.
Health Benefits to humans
Propolis and its extracts have multiple health applications due to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antimycotic, antifungal, antiulcer, anticancer, and immunomodulatory properties.
History of use
There have been many famous Physicians throughout history that have made use of Propolis.
Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, used propolis to treat sores, ulcers, and bruises.
The renowned Roman Physician, Pliny, used it to disperse tumors and treat stubborn acute sores.
The great Persian physician, Avicenna, also thought highly of Propolis’ medical potential; in an ancient manuscript he suggested its use for eczema, myalgia, all kinds of inflammation, and rheumatism.
Which health conditions can propolis support?
Propolis has been found to be active against a range of viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Propolis also shows activity against cardiovascular diseases and diabetes and has immunomodulatory effects.
Propolis is popular for skincare and alternative medicine for various topical conditions including burns, wounds, herpes, acne, and dermatitis. Also used in toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent caries and gingivitis.
There have been numerous studies researching the bioactive profile of propolis. Scientists identified more than 300 various bioactive components, including bioflavonoids, caffeates, lipids, vitamins, and minerals. Clinical studies demonstrated the health properties of those bioactives, beneficial both for oral consumption and topical applications.
The bioactive profile and therapeutic properties of propolis vary significantly between countries due to differences in plants and climatic conditions.
Studies demonstrate New Zealand propolis contains exceptionally high levels of beneficial bioflavonoids and caffeates in comparison to propolis from other countries. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) is found at high levels compared to other propolis.
This chart depicts the substantial difference in CAPE found in Propolis from different regions to Propolis found in New Zealand (NZCAPETM30+).
Difference to Brazilian Propolis
Brazilian green propolis naturally and exclusively contains only one well researched strong bioactive ingredient – Artepillin C.
In a nematoid experiment, Professor Hiroshi Maruta demonstrated NZ propolis is 6 times more effective than Brazilian Green Propolis in blocking PAK1 pathways.
How to use Propolis.
Propolis comes in easy to swallow capsule, liquid form or spray. Take internally for general wellbeing, or dilute Propolis liquid into water as a gargle or mouthwash for throat and mouth health. You can also apply Propolis liquid directly to the skin to aid healing.
Doses of 300 mg daily for up to 10 months have been used safely. Propolis may cause severe allergic reactions. If allergic reaction occurs, discontinue using the product
Doses of 300 mg daily for up to 10 months have been used safely. Propolis may cause severe allergic reactions. If allergic reaction occurs, discontinue using the product.
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