The following article isn’t going to be a thorough document about the bees propolis benefits, side effects and etc, but a short article that is providing general info about this resinuos honeybee product. If you are looking for other data or articles about the benefits of honeybees pollen or spirulina, then it’s not the right place for you to be.
Okay, so let’s ask the first question that comes to mind about propolis:
What is This Compound?
This ingredient is basically a resinous substance that is collected by the bees from various resources, including sap flows, tree buds as well as other botanical resources. While its exact composition is different from season to season and from one beehive to other hives, this organic product contains antioxidants called flavonoids (most of the propolis products are actually rich with flavonoids). These antioxidants are also known as bioflavonoids, and it has been proven that it is healthy for the human body to consume foods that contain bioflavonoids.
In What Forms Does This Substance Come In?
Answering this question thoroughly can take a lot of time and articles, since that material come in so many forms, including powder, capsules, tablets, various creams, lotions, ointment as well as other cosmetic products. In addition, this substance is marketed by numerous health food stores as a nutritional supplement and sometimes even as a medicine too (some of it uses may remind you the uses of honeybees pollen, but that’s another story). Moreover, this honeybee product can also be found in the honey itself, although we are talking only about a small amount of the said ingredient.
What is this Compound Used For?
As mentioned before, it is not only used for medical purposed but for cosmetic ones as well. Furthermore, the interesting benefits of the said resinous substance caused it to be used as a natural remedy for various infections, superficial burns, viral diseases and other illnesses. It is believed to be an active ingredient that fights bad organisms, bacteria and other viruses, and some beekeepers even recommend taking it if you happened to have a sore throat.
Other than the medical uses mentioned above, this particular ingredient is also used by some companies who produce chewing gums in order to make a propolis gum, and those are only some of the many uses of this honeybee product.
What are Its Side Effects?
It’s necessary to mention that this honeybees compound usually carry no side effects in most people, but in rare cases it can trigger an allergic reaction. Thus, it does have some resemblance to pollen, since both of these bees products may cause an allergic reaction in some people – and it’s usually people who are already known to have a history of allergies or are allergic to bees in general. So, for those people it would definitely be smart to consult a doctor before deciding to take any honeybee product.
You should also avoid applying the said material to the eye area, and regardless of how good its benefits are, remember that it would be smart to talk to your doctor before taking supplements of any kind, particularly if you know about previous allergies that you happened to have.