Propolis is a hard resinous material that bees make by gathering resin and sap from the buds of poplar and cone‐bearing trees and combining it with beeswax and other bee secretions to use in the construction of their hives. It is generally used as a sealant for unwanted small spaces in the hive. Along with other bee products such as pollen, honey and royal jelly, propolis has a long history of use as a medicinal remedy, dating back to 350 BC.1 It has been used for inflammation, as a mouthwash and a skin rejuvenant.2
What is propolis used for today?
Propolis contains amino acids, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, essential oils, pollen and various vitamins and minerals2 and is traditionally used as a source of nutrition to replenish the body and support general health and wellbeing. Some of the substances that propolis contains have antioxidant activity and may therefore be beneficial for the maintenance of good health.
Where can I find propolis?
Propolis can be found in cosmetics, creams, lozenges and even chewing gum,2 as well as capsules and tablets. Cenovis Propolis 1000 contains high strength propolis for everyday antioxidant support and the maintenance of general health and wellbeing.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t take propolis?
Propolis may cause allergic reactions in some people, especially those who are allergic to bees or other bee products.1 If irritation or swelling of the mouth occurs it is important to discontinue use and seek medical advice.