The Health Benefits Of Bee Propolis

Bee propolis serves several important functions in a honeybee hive, and has been historically recognized as valuable.

Propolis is believed to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Let’s talk about the health benefits of bee propolis.

The Health Benefits Of Bee Propolis

What Is Bee Propolis?

Providing structural support for the hive along with vital sterilizing action, propolis has been called both bee glue and bee penicillin.

It’s strongly anti-bacterial, inhibiting the growth of any bacteria, fungus, or other unwanted microbes that might thrive in the humid hive environment.

Bees make propolis from tree resins that they collect from leaf buds and tree sap.

The bees mix the collected resins with wax, honey, and enzymes from their stomachs to turn it into the fascinating and useful substance that we know as propolis.

What Is Bee Propolis Good For?

Propolis and its extracts have several applications in treating various diseases due to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. (Source:

Does Bee Propolis Work?

Scientific research on propolis has been limited. Researchers still aren’t exactly sure why, but the bee product appears to provide protection from some bacteria, viruses, and fungi. (Source:

What Is Bee Propolis Made Of?

Bee propolis is a complex mixture made by bee-released and plant-derived compounds.

In general, raw propolis is composed of approximately 50% resins, 30% waxes, 10% essential oils, 5% pollen, and 5% of varying organic compounds. (Source:

Does Propolis Have Side Effects?

Side effects of propolis can include allergic reactions, particularly in people who are allergic to bees or bee products. Irritation can result.

Is Propolis A Superfood?

Bee propolis can be considered a superfood. It is rich in bioflavonoids, amino acids, and is a good source of trace minerals, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene. (Source:

Is Propolis Anti-Inflammatory?

It’s been concluded that propolis extract has potent anti-inflammatory properties.  (Source:

Is Propolis Anti-Aging?

Propolis is rich in flavonoids and phenolic compounds, which are known to be effective at preventing skin aging.  (Source:

Is Propolis An Anti-Cancer?

There have been several studies confirming that propolis is effective against various types of cancer including head and neck, lung, liver, brain, pancreas, kidney, prostate, skin, breast, oral, esophagus, gastric, colorectal, and bladder cancers. (Source:

Is Propolis Good For Gut Health?

Propolis may help protect the gastrointestinal tract by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria. (Source:

How Do You Ingest Propolis?

Propolis can be taken orally and comes in tablet, liquid extract, and capsule form. I have also had it in a tiny spray bottle.

Currently, there is no medically recommended dose because more research is still needed. One study recommends a daily concentration of about 70 milligrams per day, but this is not an FDA recommendation. (Source:

Who Should Not Take Propolis?

Pregnant or lactating individuals and children should not be taking propolis as not enough research has been done in these populations. (Source:

Final Thoughts

Please remember to always speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new diet or taking any type of supplement.

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