What is Propolis?

/What is Propolis?
What is Propolis? 2017-09-13T09:09:11+00:00

 

Honeybees collecting honey

Honeybees on a honeycomb

Propolis is a resinous substance collected by honeybees from the buds and bark of trees and shrubs. The resins are produced by trees as part of their immune system, healing wounds and protecting against the damaging effects of radiation.

These resins are taken back to the hive where the bees add salivary enzymes, wax and pollen. This mixture is used to protect the colony from disease and infection due to its high antimicrobial action.Propolis is used to varnish cells in the honeycomb before the Queen lays her eggs, thus ensuring a sterile environment for the development of the young larvae as they grow.

Large pests and invaders, such as mice, slugs and lizards, are often killed by the colony but cannot be removed due to their size. In this case the bees will cover them with a coating of propolis to prevent disease resulting from putrefaction.

Propolis is also used by the colony to reduce the size of the entrance for easier defense and to seal up cracks and holes. Propolis is sometimes referred to as “defender of the city” from the Greek origin of its name, pro (before) and polis (the city).

Composition of Propolis

A complex compound of biologically active substances including flavonoids, polyphenols, terpenes, phenolic esters and aromatic acids, each having distinct functional effects. However the synergistic effect of these compounds together is greater than the effect of any one substance.

 Biological effects

The following effects have been observed and recorded: antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anesthetic, anti-allergenic, hepatic protective, anti-tumor, radio protective, antiulcer, cardio protective, and immune modulation.

Propolis is also a chelator and able to remove heavy metals from the body.

 Health enhancing effects

Many diseases are due to a poor or weak immune system. Propolis is able to stimulate the body’s immune response and thereby reduces the effects of an illness, or even prevent it, if taken as a prophylactic. Propolis has a high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity index (ORAC) and as such can reduce damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals. The multi drug resistant bacteria’s such asmethicillin-resistant staphlylococcus aureus (MRSA) can become resistant to often prescribed antibiotics. The complex structure of propolis prevents MRSA from becoming resistant. Whilst propolis is lethal to harmful bacteria, it does not affect the hundreds of beneficial bacteria that are important for our bodies.

Recommended by doctors and therapists for various ailments including:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Cough
  • Flu virus
  • Laryngitis
  • Pharingitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore throat
  • MRSA
  • Tonsillitis
  • Respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, mould and pollen allergies, bed mites etc.
  • Old or young people vulnerable to contagions and weakened immune systems.

PROPOLAIR is particularly useful in largely populated rooms such as waiting areas, classrooms, play and social areas where flu, cold and others viruses can easily be spread.