Propolis is a substance widely used by ancient civilizations. Many of us know it and even enjoy its healing effects. However, propolis is a multi-healing substance because its composition and biological activity is applicable to a huge number of diseases. PThis is important in prevention, complementary treatment, as well as in purely natural treatment.
Where does propolis come from
The honey bee collects resin from flowers and woody plants, processes it and produces a sticky substance with many healing properties – propolis. Greek word produced: ” pro polis » to protect the city or community, i.e. hive.
Bees use propolis to seal cracks, holes, or bumps in the hive. It is also used to ensure a constant temperature in the hive, from bad weather, from pests, helps to maintain aseptic conditions in the hive.
Chemical composition of propolis
Propolis is very multifunctional substance. The chemical is very complex, the main components are:
- wax (30%)
- resin (50%)
- essential oils (10%),
- pollen (5%),
- other organic substances (5%) – flavonoids, pinocembrin, rutin, luteolin
- kaempferol, apigenin, quercetin, resveratrol, caffeic acid, cinnamic acid and many more known and less known.
- vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E;
- minerals magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), potassium (K), sodium (Na), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe);
- enzymes (succinate dehydrogenase, glucose-6-phosphatase, adenosine triphosphatase and acid phosphatase).
There are many components of propolis, many of which are yet to be discovered. Their content, like other natural products, depends on the place and time of collection of propolis.
Propolis smells wonderful to me, thanks to the content of phytoncides, its smell is already healing. This is an excellent example of the interconnection and interaction of individual systems in nature – the world of plants and animals.
Antibiotic resistance is now beginning to rediscover its therapeutic potential, not least in cases of poorly healing wounds or inflammation. This ancient drug has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, antifungal, antifungal, anticancer, antiulcer and immunomodulatory effects.
* You can check its effect if you have health problems caused by C. albicans, S. aureus, E. coli, P. aeruginosa and others resistant to antibiotics. Propolis has the ability to break down the biofilm formed by bacteria and inhibit their growth.
* Can be used in gynecology in the treatment of bacterial and yeast infections. Improves fertility in women with endometriosis.
* Internally helps treat gastrointestinal infections, viral, bacterial infections, H. pylori infections , parasites. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action, it is also useful in ulcerative colitis. This usually promotes gut health.
* The beneficial effect of propolis on wound healing is associated with antioxidant properties, antibacterial activity, the ability to stimulate collagen production and wound healing. Thanks to the content of various flavonoids, organic acids or other bioactive substances, it also contributes to the treatment of postoperative wounds, diabetic ulcers, as well as acne or various skin lesions, eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections of the nails.
* It can also be used in the treatment of herpes, HSV1 and HSV2 (cold sores on the lips and genitals), both externally and internally.
* Propolis has great therapeutic potential in protecting and healing the liver and kidney caused by drugs, chemicals, infections, heavy metals, alcohol and lifestyle.
* The antitumor activity of propolis has potential in the treatment of breast cancer, melanoma, lung cancer. Propolis is not toxic to healthy cells of the body, it is toxic only to tumors, it limits the proliferation of tumor cells, it supports programmed cell death (apoptosis), i.e. the damaged cell naturally dies. The combination of propolis and chemotherapy has a synergistic and protective effect (against toxicity) and increases the success of treatment.
* Propolis helps to reduce bad breath, regulates the bacterial microflora in the mouth, acts against the formation of plaque and caries. Works against periodontitis. Relieves pain, promotes wound healing after oral procedures. Helps to treat aphthae, ulcers, gingivitis. It can also be used as a mouthwash.
Help protect against bacterial, viral or fungal infections of the respiratory tract (flu, colds, inflammation), sinusitis, acute and chronic inflammation of the inner ear.
* It is also beneficial for cardiovascular, vascular and endothelial health. It has a protective effect on the heart.
Useful properties of propolis, video:
The beneficial effect of propolis can also be used for depression, dementia, neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, sclerosis). Until now, the effect has been mainly attributed to antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects, as well as the content of flavonoids and organic acids.
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