Propolis is the sticky substance produced by bees, which results from the collection of resinous secretions from the plant bark, and enriches it with wax, pollen, enzymes and other substances. Propolis is used by bees to seal and sanitize the interior of the hive.
The main research properties of Propolis are:
It stimulates the mobility of the immune macrophage cells and suppresses some enzymes, which allow an inflammation to develop.
THE ANTIBACTERIAL ACTION OF PROPOLIS
Propolis covers a wide range of bacteria, while administering it with antibiotics reduces the damage they cause to the body. Propolis acts on staphylococcus, streptococcus, responsible for oral cavity infections. Siamic acid, certain flavor ingredients and many flavonoids are substances that cause propolis to act as an antibacterial agent. Japanese researchers have demonstrated that propolis inhibits the proliferation of bacteria. (CHINOU)
The action of propolis against viruses is also very important, and the flavonoids it contains are also responsible for it. Her herpes-like, and adenovirus-like action has been fully explained. Other ingredients, such as esters and caffeic acid, are involved in the action of propolis against viruses. Finally propolis acts prophylactically against influenza, hepatitis B and shingles.
Propolis is effective against pathogenic fungal attacks on the epidermis. In dermatology and cosmetology it ensures the shine and gloss of the skin by reducing candida and microsporum. It activates the immune system and produces a large number of macrophages, essential for the destruction of fungi and bacteria.
Propolis achieves healing of damaged tissues, mainly due to the essential oils it contains. Studies have demonstrated the protective effect of propolis on tissues exposed to radioactivity. Furthermore, the antioxidant action of propolis due to flavonoids binds to the free radicals of oxygen.
Its anesthetic properties are due to its volatile oils (essential oils) and is recommended for local anesthetic action (eg insect bites).
Propolis is effective in combating parasites such as trichomonas, tripanosoma, etc. This action is due to inhibition of their protein synthesis.
One possible explanation for the action of this propolis is the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, which is responsible for the onset of inflammation