Propolis is a waxy substance which bees gather from trees. Bees use propolis to guard against infections and keep out bacteria from their hive. In fact, the word “Propolis” originates from Greek, “pro” meaning “in front” and “polis” meaning “city”. Propolis is also a powerful and natural antioxidant that has been used for centuries to treat various illnesses and improve human health.
Immune System Booster
Propolis is a highly complex compound containing all vitamins (except vitamin K), all minerals needed by the body (e.g. magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, zinc and copper) and at least 16 essential amino acids. It also contains many polyphenolic compounds (caffeic acid phenethyl ester or CAPE), flavonoids (chyrsin, catechin, galangin, etc.), stilbene derivatives (reservatrol) and fatty acids. These compounds, particularly CAPE and flavonoids, have shown potent antioxidant activity in vitro. They neutralise free radicals and prevent cell damage.
Anti-bacterial – Propolis has been shown to have strong anti-bacterial properties and works synergistically when used in combination with certain antibiotics.
Anti-inflammatory – Propolis can reduce inflammation and is effective against infections of the skin, nose ear and throat.
Anti-cancer – A 2003 study showed that propolis can help treat tumours and prevent the growth of cancer cells, particularly those found in the breasts, lungs, brain and prostate.
Anti-toxic – Flavonoids in propolis reduce the toxicity of certain chemotherapeutic agents that cause injury to the heart, kidneys, lungs and other organs. They also significantly reduce the side effects experienced by patients undergoing chemotherapy, particularly mouth sores and fatigue.