The Superfood You Haven't Heard Of
When it comes to bee products, honey is naturally the first thing that comes to mind. Although raw and unprocessed honey does come with unique health benefits, like health beneficial enzymes, there are far more potent ingredients that rival honey’s health benefits.
Propolis is such a hive ingredient and although it's medicial benefits have been acknowledged since ancient Egypt and Greece, it has been under the radar in our modern diet.
What is Propolis
The word is made out of pro and polis, translating into front and city respectively. This is a reference to the fact that propolis is a bee hive’s first line of defense against microbes.
It’s a sticky, resinous plant material collected by the bees from the buds, leaves and stems of the plants to cover up their hive in order to prevent the microbes penetrating in.
Propolis contains 350+ active compounds and is very rich in antioxidants that show antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
What is it good for?
The functional antioxidants in propolis, flavonoids, phenolics and terpenes are few to mention, are shown to support the functioning of the immune system, especially during times of sickness and recovery.
They are shown to potentiate the bodies immune response and activate the immune cells that fight pathogens.
The antimicrobial properties of propolis and it’s positive effects on strengthening the immune system, oral health, skin conditions and wound healing has been well researched and documented with many peer reviewed scientific studies.