Propolis is a natural...
Propolis is a natural immune-supporting substance gathered by honey bees from trees and used to protect the hive against infections.
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Propolis is a natural immune-supporting substance gathered by honey bees from trees and used to protect the hive against infections. Bee Propolis Soft Gel contain propolis sourced from new Zealand's clean, green environment and Propolis Flavonoid Levels.
The antioxidant effects of flavonoids have been shown to be beneficial in maintaining a healthy immune system.
Bee Propolis Soft Gel are produced under strict GMP conditions to ensure the highest quality standards are maintained.
Take 1-3 capsules daily with meals or as professionally advised.
Propolis (as extract equiv. to fresh 2000mg). Natural Vitamin E 2mg.
Bee's Wax, Lecithin, Vegetable oil. No artificial flavorings, preservatives, sugar, salt added. No artificial colourings with capsules.
Store below 30º C in a cool dry place. This product may cause severe allergic reactions.
WHAT IS PROPOLIS?
In past centuries the use of natural balsams such as propolis was common. Knights wounded in battle used balsams as a form of treatment. Over 100 years ago, an ointment made from goose grease and propolis was successfully used on horses and cattle to treat hoof fissures and sores, and an ointment of propolis and vaseline was used on human wounds during the Anglo-Boer war.
Propolis has a very long history as a medicine for humans. Although propolis is considered by many as "folk medicine", its use has been revived.
Propolis is a natural, resinous substance with a pleasant aromatic smell, varying in colour from light brown to dark chestnut red. Certain trees such as poplar, willow, horse chestnut and birch exude a sap which has antibiotic qualities to protect that tree from infection. Bees gather this sap, add their own secretions and take it back to the hive. Propolis is quite sticky at hive temperatures when new, it sets quite hard below about 15oC and is brittle below about 5oC.
It is used by bees for repairing hive damage, sealing off strange objects from the cavity of the hive, partially closing the hive entrance in winter, and sealing down foreign objects which might find their way into the hive, such as sticks or small animals which have died or been killed by the bees. As they are too big to remove by bees, they are coated with propolis to "embalm" them and prevent their decay to reduce risk of infection.
The bees, when they occupy a new hive, coat the inside walls of their home with a thin layer of propolis. They also coat the inside of every wax cell before it is used for laying or filling with honey. The reason for this is thought to be that propolis contains natural antibiotics which protect the bee colony, staving off diseases including bacterial and fungal growths to combat contamination and pathogen invasion.
PRODUCTION OF PROPOLIS
Commercial production of propolis is usually difficult and time consuming. One method is to have special "inserts" placed in the hives - spaces that mimic holes or cracks in the hive to encourage the bees to fill them with propolis. The resultant propolis is then collected, sorted and packaged. The easier method to obtain propolis is to scrape the hives.
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