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Propolis:  Nature's Anti-Biotic

Bee propolis, very simply, is brown colored bee glue. Bees create propolis by mixing the resins gathered from the leaf buds and bark of trees with wax, pollen, and natural enzymes produced by the bee’s bodies. Honeybees use this substance to construct and repair the hive, as well as for insulation. Bee propolis also exhibits natural antibacterial and anti-viral qualities, making the beehive a virtually sterile environment.

Bee propolis, in its raw form, is approximately 50% resin, 35% wax, 5% pollen, and 10% essential oils. This raw propolis has a sharp, almost bitter taste, with an aroma of honey or vanilla. Propolis is extremely high in bioflavonoids, which are well known plant compounds that have antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Bioflavnoids are believed to be an active ingredient in the healing process.

Bee propolis is also rich in B-complex vitamins, protovitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Bee propolis contains amino acids, minerals and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, silica, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, cobalt and copper.

Bee propolis has also been used for local anesthetic, reducing spasms, healing, gastric ulcers, and strengthening capillaries. Humans can use propolis both internally and externally. Some people use special vaporizers to reportedly eliminate microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, acari, fungi and molds) from the environment in buildings. Since the 1950’s, bee propolis has been studied by scientists, and found to have many beneficial contents. One of the findings indicates, bee propolis works against bacteria by preventing bacterial cell division, and also has been known to break down bacterial walls and cytoplasm.

Bee propolis, like other bee products, is very high in nutritional content, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Bee propolis also has a very high bioflavonoid content. Bioflavnoids are believed to be paramount to the healing process.   Except for vitamin K, bee propolis has all the known vitamins, and except for sulfur, bee propolis contains all of the minerals required by the body. Some of the vitamins and minerals found in bee propolis are: Vitamin A (carotene), Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Biotin, Albumin, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Silica, Potassium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Cobalt, Copper .

Bee propolis contains 500 more bioflavnoids than is found in oranges, and sixteen amino acids. An astounding discovery was that bee propolis actually contains a chemical that is similar to a drug that the FDA has approved for fighting colon cancer. Bee propolis is comprised of 50% to 70% resins and balsams, 30% to 50 % wax, 5% to 10% bee pollen, and 10% essential oils.

Like royal jelly and bee pollen, propolis contains a number of unidentified compounds that work together synergistically to create a balanced, nutritive substance. These substances work together with the body to increase health more than any of them working alone. This is called synergy, what happens when the whole result is greater than the sum of its parts. As well as having the nutritional values as outlined above, bee propolis is reputed to have antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant qualities.

Bee propolis has built in antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral qualities. This natural product, produced by the bees by mixing wax, bee pollen, and natural enzymes with tree and bark resins, creates a virtually sterile environment for the bees to thrive. Humans can, and have, used bee propolis for a huge variety of ailments externally, internally and environmentally.

Bee propolis has been used for many varieties of ailments and afflictions, it is commonly used in conjunction with other bee products such as: bee pollen, honey, and royal jelly. Bee propolis is used both internally and externally. It has been mixed with various creams to fight off skin irritations, and infections. It has been produced in pill form to be taken orally. It is important to note, that you should always use natural bee propolis. Many forms of bee propolis are processed. Like most processed items, humans are generally attempting to improve upon nature, this rarely is the case, however. The reality is generally the opposite, by processing the bee propolis; they are removing the majority of the benefits.
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