What is Propolis?
The name is derived from the ancient Greeks, who observed that honeybees will utilize this material to reduce or mostly close off the opening(s) to their hive. Pro (before) polis (the city). Propolis is a sticky, gummy and resinous material collected by honey bees from buds and the bark of trees and shrubs. The bees use this material to fill cracks, reduce openings to their hive and coat the entire inside to help protect it from disease. Bees that harvest propolis are phytochemical and medicinal experts doing specialized work for us, gathering and concentrating a unique botanical product that would be too expensive and difficult to collect by humans!
A powerful botanical medicine and detoxifier
Documented uses for propolis have included: violin varnish, anesthetic, and ointments for treating burns, cuts, abscesses, and wounds. However, Propolis is believed to be one of the most potent natural antibacterials that reduce inflammation and fights fungal, bacterial and viral infections. [quote style=”3″]Although red wine is purported to be healthful in moderation it would take 6 to 12 months of wine drinking to gain the benefits equal to one day’s worth of propolis supplements. ~ Alive, Bee Products[/quote] Most of the compounds responsible for these benefits have been studied in other medicinal plants but unlike propolis no known plant contains all of them.
We spent quite some time doing research and found out that Chinese, Australian made Propolis. which has a concentration of a whooping 270 mg of Antioxidants per gram of food or liquid and Brazilian Propolis are among the most potent propolis in the world.
Vitamin and Mineral Content of Propolis[table style=”1″]
|Vitamin A (carotene)||Vitamin B1||Vitamin B2|
|Vitamin B3||Albumin||Biotin An array of bioflavonoids|
[/table] Isn’t Propolis amazing? Often times we forget or underestimate the power of Bees. These phytochemical and botanical experts who have spent millennia finding pollens that are abundant, non-toxic and nutritious. The US propolis we are found to come from reputable companies are: The Durham’s Queen Delight with a 3 in 1 formula of Royal Jelly, Propolis, & Bee Pollen. It doesn’t get any better than this. Our second choice is Durham’s Bee Propolis 500mg 120 Capsules and last YS Organic Farms Propolis-Raw Unprocessed. *
Keep an eye on the labels though, because some of propolis from retail stores comes from china. Today we must proceed with caution with everything that comes from china; we all know why. Oddly enough, china produces one of if not the most potent type of Propolis with 300 mg of Antioxidants per gram of food or liquid. I think you can try and get Chinese propolis from there if you know of a reliable resource. If you are interested in more superfoods like these you can’t find them at your local shop, or visit our online “Shop Naturally aStore” , where I have hand picked tons of five star ratings: Supplements, superfoods, safe cocking tools, natural healing/eating books and much more.*THE FINE PRINT: Note~ If you click on any of the products from the links above from amazon it earns me a really small commission, and in turns helps with the maintenance of this site and continue to run giveaways, freebies etc.. If you’d like to support the site a good way to do it is by using the links above and shop at Amazon. I‘ll appreciate your support just so I can continue to do research and provide you with the latest information an top “Natural Healing Products”. Thanks in advance for your support! ~Astrid
Sources: zspecialproducts.com Alive Natural health guides; Bee products for better health image source: alibaba.com bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis and Honey by Rita Elkins, MA