What is Propolis?
Propolis is a
resinous substance collected by bees from leaf buds and exudates of trees and
conifers. The bees modify the original resin composition
to produce the Propolis and use it as a sealing agent and to keep the growth of
microbes in the beehive under control. It is said, that the interior of a
beehive is one of the most sterile environments in nature. Although the
chemical composition of Propolis is very complex, the properties of Propolis
have shown extensive antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, cytotoxic,
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Because of these biological
properties, Propolis has been shown to have outstanding value to mankind
for a wide variety of illnesses and maladies.
Raw Propolis is
harvested by commercial beekeepers by scraping Propolis buildup from wooden
hive parts or by using specially constructed screens. Extraction is used to
remove beeswax, resinous substances, non-active components and other impurities
before being used in a variety of natural health products.
does Propolis contain?
More than 200
individual compounds have been established as the constituents of
Propolis. Propolis contains mainly resins, balsams and
phenolic aldehydes (polyphenols), waxes and fatty acids, essential oils,
pollen, other organics and minerals. Phenolic acids vanillic,
salicylic, p-coumaric, ferulic,
caffeic), their esters, courmarins
and flavonoids (flavones, flavonols, flavanones, dihydroflavonols and isoflavones)
have been shown to account for half of the Propolis composition. The most
abundant and the best studied class of chemical constituents of Propolis is the
group of polyphenols, which provide pharmacological and very powerful
antioxidant properties to the composition.
is Propolis used for?
Greeks, Romans and Egyptians were very much aware of the healing properties of
Propolis and made extensive use of it as a medicine. In the last decade many
research projects and clinical investigations have been undertaken on the
prophylactic and therapeutic properties of Propolis and of the bioflavonoids it
associated with free radical damage include cardiovascular diseases leading to
heart attacks, strokes, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer and Cancer
as well poor liver function). The antioxidant, antimicrobial and antifungal
activities of Propolis also offer opportunities in food technology and
cosmetics. It is apparent, that Propolis incontestably has many nutritional and
energetic benefits. The daily use has no counter-indications, in addition this
product is being 100% natural and non-toxic. Propolis is a stable product, but
should nevertheless be stored in airtight containers in the dark, preferably at
room temperature. Propolis tinctures do not lose much of its activity, even
when stored for years. All information presented is for educational purposes
only. Please consult your physician before starting any course of supplementation or treatment.
standardized in a base of approx. 60% pure grain alcohol, water and vinegar
Standardized to contain 10 mg /1 ml polyphenols.
acids ferulic-, p-coumaric-,
vanillic-, cinnamic- and caffeic acid and the flavonoids galangin
and pinocembrin are present as major components )
1 -2 Capsules daily, preferably in the morning after breakfast. We also sell Propolis in the tincture, so you can use 1 dropper either right in your mouth, or mix it with your favorite beverage.