Bee Propolis
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Bee Propolis BEE PROPOLIS  
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Natural Nutritional Supplement

Other common names:  Bee Glue, Bee Putty, Propolis Resin, Propolis Wax, Propolis Balsam

Bee Propolis is yet another healthful gift from the Bees that acts as a wonderful first line of defense against illness with its antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and exceptionally potent antiviral properties.  Propolis is an almost indispensable dietary supplement that helps to ward off colds, flu, infection and illness.  Immune-enhancing Bee Propolis is loaded with virtually every nutrient that we need for daily function.

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The information presented herein by Herbal Extracts Plus is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

History:
Bee Propolis is pleasant, sweet-smelling, resinous substance collected from various plants by bees, which they use as a building material (along with beeswax) to construct their hives.  The sticky substance seals holes and cracks in the hive and coats the surfaces of the honeycomb cells; and so, when the bees return to the hive, they crawl through a slim Propolis-coated opening, thus removing microbes picked up outside the hive.  Propolis was recorded as a medicine over two thousand years ago, when Hippocrates prescribed Bee Propolis to remedy various afflictions, and in the first-century A.D., the Roman philosopher, Celsus, recorded instructions for its preparation in topical poultices.  It was also mentioned in the Islamic Koran  manuscripts from the sixth to the eighth centuries as a blood purifier, and a remedy for skin problems and bronchial catarrhs.  Some of the constituents included in Bee Propolis are bioflavonoids, many trace minerals (copper, magnesium, silicon, iron, manganese and zinc), amino acids and virtually all vitamins (except vitamin K).

Beneficial Uses:
Bee Propolis is enormously popular as an immune system stimulant that helps the body to resist disease and illness of all kinds, including the discomforts of coughs, colds and flu and may even help to alleviate asthma.  It is said to stimulate the thymus gland and thus boost the thyroid gland for improved immunity and resistance to infections.

Considered a potent natural antiviral, Bee Propolis has been used effectively to combat pneumonia and similar viral infections.  It is also said to treat genital herpes.  Moreover, Propolis is believed to boost the efficacy of other antiviral drugs.

Like all Bee products, Propolis is an excellent natural antibacterial that helps to combat all infection.  It is thought to stimulate phagocytosis, the process by which some white blood cells destroy bacteria.  Rich in nutrients, Bee Propolis is also considered a powerful antioxidant that has shown promise in combating liver disorders and the deleterious effects of free radical damage to cells.

Bee Propolis is believed to possess superior healing properties with its ability to accelerate new cell growth. This healing quality is thought to help relieve the discomforts of stomach and intestinal ulcers and has shown some beneficial effects on certain skin melanomas and may even extend to the healing of broken bones.

Externally used, Bee Propolis is beneficial as a topical antibiotic salve for abrasions and bruises because of its germicidal/antibacterial effects. The supplement is also thought to relieve a sore mouth and/or teeth.

Some new research indicates the possibility of using Bee Propolis to promote healthy blood pressure  levels and reduce arteriosclerosis, thereby lessening the possible risks of coronary heart ailments.

Contraindications:
Some people have been known to be allergic to Bee products and should avoid them, as ingestion may result in severe allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis, an acute allergic response, which may be life threatening.  Before taking Bee Propolis Herbal Supplement, it is wise to take a small amount at first, and if any sneezing, discomfort or rash occurs, discontinue use immediately.

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