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Propolis: The Natural Antibiotic

Propolis: The Natural Antibiotic

Did you know that bees do more than just produce honey?

Bees also produce propolis, a mixture of a substance treated with bee enzymes that insects collect from the leaf surface and nectar and pollen. Propolis, or bee glue, is a dark brown resinous substance that bees use to close cracks in hives. Since ancient times, this product has been used for various medicinal purposes due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which has also been scientifically proven.

The composition of propolis can vary depending on where the bees live and what trees and flowers, they have access to. For example, propolis from Europe differs in chemical composition from propolis from Brazil. Therefore, it is difficult for researchers to draw detailed conclusions about the health benefits of propolis due to its general chemical composition.

However, they found more than 300 compounds in propolis, including flavonoids, aliphatic and aromatic acids, phenols, fatty acids, alcohols, pinocembrin, galangin, caffeic acid. Most of the compounds are various forms of polyphenols, especially flavonoids, which have strong antioxidant properties, help neutralize oxidative damage, protect the body from certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and help fight against cancer in complex therapy.

Propolis contains pinocembrin, a flavonoid with antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that make propolis effective in wound healing. In one of the past studies, it was shown that propolis could promote the rapid healing of burns, wounds, accelerating the growth of new healthy cells.

 

Herpes and genital herpes

Scientists have also found that water-based and alcohol-based propolis extracts help heal cold sores faster. Researchers have found that propolis cream reduces the amount of the herpes virus present in the human body and protects it from future breakouts.

 

Oral health

Propolis is also known to be used in oral care products. And there is a reason for this too. Several studies on propolis and its compounds have shown a decrease in mouth streptococci, prevention of dental plaque buildup and decrease of insoluble polysaccharides on the teeth, which is a leading factor for tooth decay.

 

Cancer

Due to its high antioxidant and anti-cancer effects, such as inhibiting cancer cells proliferation and reducing the metastasis of cancer cells, propolis plays an important role in treating certain types of cancer as a complementary therapy.

If you are allergic to honey and bee products, you will most likely react to products containing propolis. Therefore, consult your doctor before adding propolis to your treatment plan to avoid an allergic reaction.

 

NovoVita Propolis+

 

Propolis+ by Novo Vita is a highly concentrated propolis preparation that contains 200mg of pure propolis extract per capsule!

Propolis + is free from artificial colours, flavors and preservatives. We added just a little bit of rice flour as an anti-caking agent, so that is purely free from gluten!

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Find this product here: https://novovita.dk/products/propolis-plus?_pos=1&_sid=112fcc40d&_ss=r

 

References:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337127313_Evidence_on_the_Health_Benefits_of_Supplemental_Propolis

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5549483/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1319562X1830189X

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