Propolis is formed by gummy and resinous substances that, segregated from the buds and the bark of some plants and conifers (birch, pine, oak, etc.) are collected by bees that impregnate them with secretions from their glands and use them to protect the swarm of bacteria and viruses that could decimate the hive.
With these substances the bees close the crevices of the hive and cover the alveoli in which the queen will lay the eggs.
Also, in the event that an intruder accidentally enters the hive (lizard, mouse, etc.) the bees ruthlessly attack him until he is expelled or killed. In this case they smear their corpse with a thick layer of propolis, impervious to the air, which completely prevents the smell of putrefaction.
A product of the bee that has a long history, since propolis has medicinal use. In recent times it has attracted some interest in research since its properties and benefits are considered as antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. We can find it in tintúra de propolis, puro and other formats.
Properties of propolis (natural antibiotic)
Propolis has a heterogeneous aspect. Its aroma is pleasant and delicate. Its flavor is acre more or less bitter. It has a variable consistency depending on the temperature. It is insoluble in water and partially soluble in alcohol.
Propolis is antioxidant and preservative, bacteriostatic and bactericidal, antifungal, antiviral, anesthetic, immune stimulating and vasoprotective. Its antiviral action is remarkable, capable of inhibiting the development of pathogenic viruses. It has a great antibacterial effect. It is a true natural antibiotic. Here you have a post where it mentions its properties.
Composition of propolis
Its composition is variable and complex given the different sources of collection.
In general, each 100 grams contains:
Composition of propolis
Many constituents have been identified in propolis: organic acids, coumarins and mainly flavonoids and galangin.
Galangin, which is bacteriostatic (which inhibits the development or multiplication of bacteria) and bactericide (which destroys bacteria).
Galangina is a glucoside (glucose and other organic compound) obtained from the galanga rhizome (Alpinea galanga and Alpinea officinalis, of the Cingiberáceas family, which are used in medicine as aromatic and carminative)
Propolis is a dietary supplement rich in minerals and oligoelements: aluminum, silver, barium, boron, chromium, cobalt, copper, tin, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, silicon, strontium, titanium, vanadium, zinc , etc.
Vitamins: Provitamin A, some of group B (particularly B3 or PP or nicotinamide)
And other constituents: Xanthorrheol, pterostilbene, lactones, polysaccharides, pollen, yeasts, flavonoids, amino acids.
Among its indications we can mention that propolis is beneficial for: Mouth sores and mycotic aphthae, acute and chronic gingivitis, pyorrhoea, ulcerative stomatitis, dental abscesses, abscesses, toothache and dental inflammations, angina, acute and chronic pharyngitis, recommended in Dental extractions, is widely used in dentistry, in spay format. It is also indicated in rhinitis, allergic rhinitis, acute and chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, chronic pneumonias, bronchial asthma in children, in general this is very indicated in the respiratory tract diseases, allergic processes (preventive and curative), smoking cough in the form of spray, acute and chronic gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcers, cystitis and purulent cystitis, infections in general inflammations of the urinary tree (kidneys and bladder), trassupurations, keloid scars, eczema, psoriasis, plaque sclerosis, constitutional endocrine deficiencies, conditions thyroid (nodular goiter, oto-articular), certain rheumatic (inflammatory) syndromes etc, aqrí chewable use is recommended.
This natural food from the hive helps to alleviate problems of the respiratory tract. It is a true natural antibiotic "broad spectrum" as it is said of some drugs, but, unlike these, without any unfavorable side effects. Propolis has become an authentic anti-influenza. Very recommended for throat affections, since it protects it in a very effective way. A natural and healthy food produced by bees.
Toxicity and allergy to propolis
The risk of allergies has been significantly reduced thanks to modern extraction technologies (purified and water-dispersible propolis), which make it possible to obtain propolis-derived preparations that are increasingly purified and without inert waxes. In effect, pollen, inert waxes and other crude propolis impurities that could cause allergies and intolerances are eliminated.
Therefore, the appearance of possible inconveniences is very difficult, and must be attributed only to an individual hypersensitivity towards pure propolis. To date, no incompatibility with other therapies is known. For this reason the treatment with propolis can be associated with many other treatments without having any type of inconvenience, although it is always advisable to go to a specialist to verify that we are not allergic to this substance.
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Natural propolis is a product derived from the hive, which is increasingly being used for the properties and benefits it brings to health. Beekeeping once again offers us healthy foods. Honey is Honey, we have several formats of this natural food, in capsules, tincture, spray, etc. so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.