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Propolis

 

Mother Nature’s Infection Fighter and Healer

 

The health-promoting properties of the amazing beehive energizer

  Propolis is marvelous nutrient made by honey bees.  Used for millennia, it has the ability to provide protection against infectious invaders, promote healing and regeneration of tissue, and provide a superior source of energy and endurance.  Clearly, it is one of nature’s most versatile substances and is considered a breakthrough supplement in the world of natural therapies.  The intrinsic value of Propolis is being rediscovered not only by athletes, who want maximum health and performance, but by health conscious people everywhere.

 

What is Bee Propolis?

     Propolis is a resinous substance which is gathered by honeybees from deciduous free bark and leaves.  It is a sticky material that bees very efficiently use to seal hive holes or cracks.  This natural “glue” is cleverly utilized by the industrious honeybee to provide exterior protection to the hive against the invasion of any outside contaminants.  Bees purposefully place this tacky substance in the area which leads into the beehive, not only to prevent the entrance of intruders, but to sterilize bees brushing up against it from infection.  Before it is used in the hive, honeybees take this sap, combine it with nectar found in their own secretions, and eventually end up with a mixture consisting of wax, pollen and bee bread.  For this reason, just chewing on a wad of tree resin won’t produce the same therapeutic results as Propolis.  Bees must transform the resin into Propolis, and only they know how.

 

Active Compounds

Dr. K. Lund Aagaard who is considered a well-qualified authority on Propolis has said, “Ninetten substances of different chemical structure have been identified so far.”  These compounds include a number of substances which belong to the flavonoid family including betulene and isovanillin.

 

Selecting Propolis

     As has been discussed, propolis is gathered from various types of trees and plants which grow around the world.  This harvest is then deposited in the beehive.  When freshly gathered from the hive, propolis is soft and sticky in warm weather, hard and brittle in colder weather.  Generally its appearance will range in color with shares of gold, brown, red and green.  Mixed with hive debris and about 20 to 25 percent beeswax, the ideal propolis concentration will be as pure as possible.

 

     Although bees will tend to select propolis from plants and trees that show the highest biological benefits, the product may not always been environmentally pure.  This is due to air pollution.  Since propolis is a sticky substance it will pick up whatever is in the air. 

     It is therefore always important to purchase products from pristine harvesting sites, and to be certain that the product has not been subjected to harmful chemicals along the way.  We strongly believe that propolis produced in Brazil is the purest propolis compared with any other countries.  Van Life Corporation can provide you with the best quality propolis imported from Brazil. 

 

Vitamin and Mineral Content

     According to researchers at the Second Leningrad Scientific Conference on the Application of Apiculture (bee culture) in Medicine, Bee Propolis is rich in:

          Vitamin A (carotene)

          Vitamin B1

          Vitamin B2

          Vitamin B3

          Biotin

          An array of bioflavonoids

          Albumin

          Calcium

          Magnesium

          Iron

          Zinc

          Silica

          Potassium

          Phosphorus

          Manganese

          Cobalt

          Copper

 

NOTE: Propolis contains 500 more bioflavonoids (vitamin P) than is found in oranges.

Except for vitamin K, Propolis has all the known vitamins.  Of the fourteen minerals required by the body, Propolis contains them all with the exception of sulfur.

Propolis is comprised of 50 % to 70% resins and balsams, 30% to 50% wax, 5% to 10% Bee Pollen and 10% essential oils.

Like Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen, Propolis also contains a number of unidentified compounds which work together synergistically to create a perfectly balanced, nutritive substance.

 

Propolis:  Nature’s Penicillin and Infection Protectant

         

     Finding a natural antibiotic with none of the side effects of synthetic drug varieties would unquestionably be considered a remarkable discovery.  Propolis is just such a substance. 

     Propolis is able to fight bacterial strains which had become resistant to man-made antibiotic drugs.  A 1992 clinical study further revealed:

     “Propolis, a honeybee hive product is thought to exhibit a broad spectrum of activities including antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and tumor growth inhibition.”

NOTE: The bee is the only insect to have been found free of bacteria due to the antibiotic action of Propolis.

 

Propolis:  A Natural, No Side-Effect Antibiotic

     Propolis has been used for centuries to treat infections without the draw-back of synthetic pharmaceuticals.  It has demonstrated its ability to fight infections of every kind while boosting the action of the human immune system; something that synthetic antibiotics are not able to do. 

 

Viral Infections and Propolis

     We all know how hard it is to kill or even disable a virus.  Propolis does something altogether different to impair viruses thereby inhibiting their reproduction and infections potential.  Under the influence of Propolis, the virus-fighting power of phagocytosis is strengthened.  The content of the protective virus-fighting protein, properdin, starts to rise in the blood.  There is a speeding of the detoxification power of certain antibodies.

 

Bacterial Infections

     Propolis has such self-activating power, it sustains its anti-bacterial characteristics even if stored for many years under proper conditions.

 

SORE THROATS, HERPES ZOSTER, FLU

 

PRIMARY APPLICATIONS OF PROPOLIS

 

                   allergies

bruises

burns

cancer

herpes zoster

fatigue

sore throats

nasal congestion

respiratory ailments

acne

skin disorders

sunburn

shingles

respiratory infections

flu

colds

coughs

ulcers

wounds

     dental benefits

     women’s benefits

     gastrointestinal and urinary benefits

     cell and bone growth

     skin benefit

 

 

Note: While it is not necessary, it is always preferable to store Propolis in a cool place.