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Dave Kroll, owner of Milk N' Honey Health Foods, Wauwatosa, WI

Dave Kroll, owner of Milk N' Honey Health Foods, Wauwatosa, WI

 

NEWSLETTER FOR MAY/JUNE 2014

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PROPOLIS

 

Honey Bees collect resins from various trees and other plants and mix them with their saliva to produce a sticky substance called propolis. Bees use the propolis to insulate their hives and prevent invasion of organisms detrimental to the health of the hive. Propolis made from resins collected in the Northern Hemisphere usually contain around fifty different constituents while propolis made in the Southern Hemisphere contain even more constituents due to a wider variety of available resins and a greater variety of bee species making the propolis.

The constituents that make up bee propolis have been found to have a variety of benefits not only for the health of bees and their hives but also for human health. Propolis has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It is still one of the most frequently used remedies in the Balkan states for ... wounds, burns, sore throat, stomach conditions and a variety of other problems. Propolis has been found to have many health protective carachtericts and antioxidant effects. Propolis is very rich in bioflavonoids which are substances known to promote a healthy inflamation response*.

Both in-vivo (in the body) and in-vitro (test tube) studies have shown propolis to be effective in the support of a variety of health issues. [...]

My first experience with propolis was many years ago when I was playing in a basketball tournament and was experiencing symptoms of the winter season. Someone gave me some propolis to ingest and shortly thereafter I was back to playing basketball as the symptoms had disappeared.

Most Northern Hemisphere propolis is brown in color. Propolis from the Southern Hemisphere has a wider range of color from brown and green to red. It used to be believed that all propolis had the same chemical makeup. In recent years it has been discovered that there is a significant difference in the chemical composition of propolis depending on the geographical area in which it is found and even the type of bees making the propolis. In other words, all bee propolis is not the same.

Where bees live and what they collect in the way of resins and other substances will determine the chemical makeup of the propolis they produce. In the Northern Hemisphere bees get much of their resin from the buds of poplar trees. Propolis made from this resin will have a certain profile of chemical compounds germane to the resin from poplar trees. In the Southern Hemisphere you don’t have poplar trees so the bees must get their resins from other plants and such resins will have chemical compounds different from poplar trees. For example, propolis from Brazil will have a different chemical makeup from propolis produced in Wisconsin.

Despite the differences in chemical composition of propolis from different areas of the world, research has shown that the basic ... activity of propolis is the same regardless of where the propolis came from and offers pretty much the same level of protection to bees and their hives. For example, in testing the antibacterial activity of European, Brazilian and Central American propolis, it was found that propolis from Europe and Brazil had similar antibacterial activity despite significant differences in their overall chemical makeup. However, their antibacterial activity was much greater than Central American propolis which shows there are differences in the potency level of different propolis.

Though all propolis appears to have [similar basic effect]  and antioxidant effects, research has also identified specific chemical compounds in some propolis as opposed to other propolis that have specific therapeutic value for dealing with specific human health problems. [...] Brazilian Red propolis has been shown to have a greater abundance of certain types of flavonoids that are believed to provide strong antioxidant activity.

Propolis as a Supplement:

Propolis is available as a supplement and the effectiveness of supplemental propolis is directly related to how the propolis is extracted. Some companies use chemical solvents and high heat which negatively affects the biological activity of the chemical compounds that make up the propolis. At Milk ‘N Honey, we carry a line of propolis products from the company NaturaNectar. This company uses a water extraction process that protects the propolis constituents from being harmed in the extraction process. The processing used by NaturaNectar also provides a predetermined amount of phenolic acids and/or flavonoids which are two of the primary constituents of propolis that have therapeutic health benefits.

NaturaNectar propolis comes from Brazil. Much research has been done with Brazilian propolis showing its many benefits. For the interested reader, go to www.propolisscience.com to view research related to Brazilian propolis. We carry both green and red Brazilian propolis. NaturaNectar features seven different propolis products including Brazilian red propolis which has one of the highest ORAC ratings of any substance yet discovered. ORAC means Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. It is a measurement of the antioxidant capacity of food. See out "New Products" page for examples of several of the propolis products from NaturaNectar.

Maureen Miller from Mother Nature's Pantry, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Maureen Miller from Mother Nature's Pantry, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Something New From The Bees
By Maureen Miller, Mother Nature’s Pantry

Beehives are one of nature’s greatest communities and for millions of years have generated products benefiting not only the hives, but humans as well. Among the best-known products of the beehive are honey, royal jelly and pollen - and now the scientific community is raving about a great new beehive product - Bee Propolis - one of the most effective, natural antioxidant, antimicrobial, antibiotic and immune system enhancers in the world.
Bee propolis is a resinous substance collected by bees from various plant sources and mixed with secreted beeswax. Whenever a hole appears in the hive, bee propolis is immediately used to seal the hive from the external world in order to biologically protect it. Propolis means “defender of the city” and comes from two Greek words - pro (before) and polis (city).
Propolis is still unknown in this country, but is widely used and loved in Asia, Europe, and South America. Even though Brazil has 12 different types of propolis, it is the recent discovery of Brazilian Red Propolis in a small area along the country’s northeaster sea and river shores that has come to the attention of the world’s scientists.
Brazilian red propolis is the only one rich in isoflavones, the flavonoids that mimic the role of estrogen on the women’s hormone cell receptors, while not being a hormone. It has also shown 84.3 percent of antioxidant activity in vitro, a result very close to that found in vitamin E.
I am always thrilled when I can share and endorse products that stand out from the commonplace, especially in an industry bombarded by formulas designed only to enrich their creators. It is for this reason, I am glad to introduce and personally endorse EaseFemin™ Menopausal Support.
Personally, I have always been concerned about the damages that hormone therapies can cause to women of all ages. Throughout my personal and professional life, I have always sought products which positively impact a woman’s natural life cycle, which has been negatively affected starting with contraceptives and going all the way to menopause with HRT.
When I was introduced to EaseFemin™, I studied the ingredients, read the customer reviews and studied its wonderful connection to the beehives, I knew it was good. It is the first product in many years to provide a new course of isoflavones with a high concentration of flavonoids and phenolic acids. So even if you have tried other natural remedies for menopause symptoms, this one may prove effective for you as it is currently working for many women in a wonderfully natural way.
Mother Nature’s Pantry is proud to launch EaseFemin™ Menopausal Support to the United States natural product market. It should be taken once a day after the evening meal to provide relief for irritability, night sweats and hot flashes. It comes boxed in a convenient 30-day supply with two separate 15-blister packs that can be easily carried in a purse.
This Article was provided by Mother Nature’s Pantry located in the Garden Square Shoppes at 4513 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. 626-4461

* THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.