Bees Benefit Beyond Honey with the Power of Propolis
The benefits of honey and bee pollen as a supplement are relatively known among those versed in natural remedies and prevention practices. Knowledge and understanding of bee propolis has received nominal coverage among the scientific research community. It is often included in over-the-counter products containing natural ingredients, such as toothpaste. Beyond gum care, bee propolis is proving to offer many health benefits for numerous conditions.
Let’s take a look at how bees use propolis as a defense mechanism for the entire colony, ultimately providing individual protection and immune support. As a part of the hive building process, bees collect the resins from regional plants and trees, mixing it with wax and applying a layer of the “propolis” to the inner hive. Where the relative humidity and moisture present within the hive would normally breed harmful bacteria and fungus, a bee hive coated with propolis becomes one of the most sterile environments found in nature. It resists fungal growth and strengthens the immune response of all the bees in the colony.
Power of Propolis Benefitting Humans Since Ancient Times
The known benefits of human use of bee propolis dates back to ancient times. The power of bee propolis was used to treat abscesses, heal wounds, shrink tumors, and even embalm mummies!1 Even ancient cultures realized the benefits of bee propolis long before modern science attempted to prove them.
Though the exact compilation of properties varies by region, bee propolis contains powerful bioflavonoid antioxidants, abundant amino acids, B-complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. This combination of highly beneficial factors has shown to enhance immunity, treat various skin conditions, inhibit viral infections, and even stops the growth of compromised prostate cells in one study*. 2
There are three known varieties of bee propolis found in the world. The most common is the brown propolis, found in the United States and other mild regions. Varieties of green and red propolis are found in isolated regions of Brazil and nowhere else. Red propolis, the rarest, is the only variety with the antioxidant isoflavones.3 Consuming foods or supplements that contain isoflavones can provide a variety of health benefits that include antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidant action and, relief of the symptoms of menopause*. 4
The Power of Propolis for Enhanced Immunity
As an ANTIOXIDANT, bee propolis neutralizes free radicals that would otherwise damage molecules and lead to cell damage known to cause degenerative conditions*.5
As an ANTIMICROBIAL agent, bee propolis was shown in a test for anti-microbial action to diminish the growth of various bacteria, yeast, and fungus responsible for common ailments such as dental caries, vaginal yeast infections, salmonella, and stomach ulcers.6
In addition, scientific trials and studies also suggest bee propolis can accelerate wound healing in diabetes, promote healthy cells, reduce outbreaks from mouth ulcers (RAC), and reduce inflammation associated with various conditions.7
Choosing the Right Bee Propolis Product
At Energetic Nutrition, we offer products from the foremost researcher and manufacturer of bee propolis products, Natura Nectar. They offer a unique line of products derived from pure extraction methods and premium blends straight from Brazil.
Bee Propolis Ultimate is the ultimate Brazilian propolis formula that features therapeutic dosages of flavonoids and organic aromatic acids (OAA) from premium Brazilian Red (33%), Ultra-Green (33%) and Brown propolis (33%).
Brazilian Red Bee Propolis is the most exotic and premium bee propolis in the world. It fights free radicals with a stunning Total ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of 3,540. Supports pancreatic, lung, and blood cell health*.
100% Brazilian Ultra-Green Bee Propolis, a natural source of acclaimed active compound Artepillin-C known for its flavonoid content and antioxidant activity. Supports prostate and breast cell health and supports heart health*.
Brown Bee Propolis, the most prevalent form of bee propolis offers exceptional support for the immune and respiratory systems as well as overall cellular health.*
Bee Propolis Trio offers an amazing combination of the most pure organic aromatic acids and flavonoids from Brazilian propolis. Contains Brown, Ultra-Green, and Red varieties.
NaturaNectar Gastro Guardian™ is the only digestive formula to feature FLAV™ M15 extract made of pure standardized flavonoids of premium Brazilian propolis combined in a proprietary blend of Licorice DGL and Fenugreek seed extract.
Immune Guardian™ contains an exclusive propolis extract – FLAV™ M – made of a blend of pure flavonoids of 100% Brazilian propolis which includes Red and Green Propolis. Propolis is known around the world for its immune system supporting properties*.
NaturaNectar Throat Guardian™ provides natural soothing and delicious relief and supports respiratory, oral and dental health. It contains PWE (phenolic acids from Brazilian bee propolis) which encourage a healthy inflammation response and comes in alcohol-free Bee Berry flavor spray that the whole family will enjoy*.
Nasal Guardian™ includes the exclusive PWE™-M (organic aromatic aids from Brazilian bee propolis) in a gentle yet effective spray that provides the whole family with all the benefits of bee propolis to promote cleansing and nasal symptom relief while not damaging the delicate nasal mucous membrane.
EaseFemin™ is the first all-natural, estrogen-free dietary supplement containing Isoƒactor™ a premium extract from exotic Brazilian Red Propolis that helps women reduce the difficult symptoms that often accompany menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, and irritability*.
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- Wang W, Weng XC, Cheng DL. Antioxidant activities of natural phenolic components from Dalbergia odorifera T. Chen. Food Chem. 2000; 71:45–9.
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Militao GCG, Jimenez PC, Wilke DV, Pessoa C, Falcao MJC, Lima MAS, et al. Antimitotic properties of pterocarpans isolated from Platymiscium floribundum on sea urchin eggs. Planta Med. 2005; 71:683–5
Militao GCG, Dantas INF, Pessoa C, Falcao MJC, Silveira ER, Lima MAS. Induction of apoptosis by pterocarpans from Platymiscium floribundum in HL-60 human leukemia cells. Life Sci. 2006; 78:2409-17
Rufer CE, Kulling SE. Antioxidant activity of isoflavones and their major metabolites using different in vitro assays. J Agr Food Chem. 2006; 54:2926–31.