Propolis is generally known as the “bee glue”, which is a generic name that refers to the resinous substance accumulated by the bees from different types of plants. Propolis functions in sealing holes and cracks and for the reconstruction of the beehive. It is also used for smoothing the inner surface of the beehive, retaining the hive’s internal temperature.
Researchers have identified more than 300 compounds in propolis. The majority of these compounds are forms of polyphenols which are antioxidants that fight disease and damage in the body. Propolis also contains important vitamins, such as vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E and useful minerals such as magnesium (Mg), calcium (Ca), potassium (K), sodium (Na), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), and iron (Fe).
How to enjoy propolis:
One can take propolis by taking it in the form of oral suspension. Another common option is to take it as a tincture. Propolis suspension can be found in Kenya and online at Fava Herb Shop. One can also opt to buy the propolis chunk and go on a DIY endeavor of making both the suspension and tincture.
Benefits of propolis:
Below are quick research-backed ways in which propolis can add value to one’s life:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Treating coughs
- Boosting the immune system
- Healing wounds
- Fighting allergies
- Fighting gum disease
Propolis can cause cancer cells to die due to lack of oxygen, this further prevents cancer from making new blood vessels.
Fighting gum disease:
Ancient human skeletons with propolis and beeswax dental fillings have been discovered, the oldest one being from Slovenia and dating 6,500 years back.
A clinical trial conducted on 70 children showed that propolis reduced oral bacteria.
Fighting yeast and fungal infections:
In several cell studies, propolis stopped the formation of yeast clusters by dissolving this biofilm layer yeast cells use to cling to body surfaces, preventing an infection. It could also kill candida and block its biofilms in cells.
Lowering blood pressure:
A study of 35 people showed that propolis was able to slightly lower both systolic and diastolic pressure when taken twice a day for 3 months.
There are other reasons but we hope that the few that have been enumerated above can encourage you to embrace this golden healthy mineral as a part of your life.