Honey Products

Bee Products. Part 5.

THE ORIGINAL SUPERFOODS*

Propolis

The potential for disease to spread inside a hot, crowded hive is high. Millions of years ago, bees solved this problem by gathering the sticky resins, which we know as propolis, from tree buds and bark. Trees exude this resin in order to heal and repair damage and prevent disease. The bioflavonoids in propolis have powerful antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial effects. Bees use it to varnish the cells of the honeycomb, as a glue to seal up cracks, and to create doorways. Propolis protects the bees against bacteria and viruses, and is collected by humans for use as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antibiotic. Unlike penicillin, propolis is all natural and will not produce bad reactions. In biblical times propolis was known as myrrh and was highly prized for its medicinal properties.

Propolis has long been used as a natural remedy and it is thought that it’s the numerous flavonoids which it contains that account for its wound healing benefits. Some studies suggest that it may be used against bacteria and viruses and other microorganisms when applied to infected areas topically. Propolis has antimicrobial action on both gram-positive and gram-negative microorganisms. It contains constituents that increase membrane permeability and inhibit bacterial motility. It is commonly used for wound infection and other illnesses.
—Excerpt from NaturalNews.com’s article, “Bee Propolis: Nature’s Healing Balm With Immune Boosting Properties” by Katherine East.

Propolis is a rich source of minerals, amino acids, fats, vitamins C and E, provitamin A, and B-complex. Propolis is also extraordinarily rich in bioflavonoids and amino acids. The bioflavonoids mend and strengthen the blood vessels and capillaries. In the congested beehive, propolis and royal
jelly employ their antibiotic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to inhibit undesirable bacteria and promote helpful bacteria. These are all properties that have all been supported by scientific research.

Hundreds of chemical properties have been identified in propolis, which differs from hive to hive, depending upon the environment in which the bees live and the time of day the propolis was collected. All these factors make propolis exceedingly complex, which is why no one has attempted to synthesize the product. It is natural and cannot be patented, and therefore research into the substance is limited regarding its clinical benefits. Consider the following:

A study was done on the effects of bee propolis on Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis (RAS)—also known as canker sores—at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Canker sores are an ulcerative disorder of the oral cavity. They have no cure and medicine used to prevent further outbreaks and relieve pain comes with its own set of dangerous side effects. Bee propolis was evaluated as a potential remedy to reduce the number of mouth ulcer outbreaks. There were two groups of patients, one group who took a placebo capsule and the other group who took a propolis capsule.
Patients who took the propolis capsule showed a significant decrease in the number of outbreaks of mouth ulcers. Another great effect of the propolis was that the patients reported a definite improvement in their quality of life. This would likely be due to the immune boosting effects that propolis has with its high levels of B-vitamin complex and notable quantities of vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene.

—Excerpt from NaturalNews.com’s article “Bee Propolis: Nature’s Healing Balm With Immune Boosting Properties” by Katherine East.

Propolis has also been used to treat a wide variety of other conditions ranging from arthritis to allergies to asthma. It has even been shown to be effective against MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that endangers patients in many hospitals.

* “Superfoods” by David Wolfe