Bee Propolis Benefits To The Immune System
The immune system plays a critical role in sustaining health and vitality. A healthy immune system protects us from disease and infection and is key when considering longevity or “anti aging” - propolis may help boost the immune system, lets take a look at how and why through an indepth review of propolis extract benefits.
Various natural ingredients purport to provide aid to a healthy immune system, one of these is nature’s own propolis. The key to understanding the role of the immune system can be researched fully from the many medical studies which have been conducted, most of which are available to you online. It is important to know that as we age, approaching our mid thirties and beyond, the immune system weakens. The weakening immunity which our body provides can make us more susceptible to contracting illnesses, many of which can develop into serious and life threatening conditions, such as cancer.
Cell degeneration is a product of a deteriorating immune system, yet we may be able to slow the process by introducing natural combatants, such as propolis. Offering a range of active ‘flavonoids’, propolis may work to promote cellular regeneration and actually support the immune system via its cell building compounds.
Of course, there are very different grades of bee propolis, and it is necessary to select your source with some care. We need to ensure enzyme activity along with nutritionally active vitamins and minerals, for the power of propolis to be useful to us in a potential medicinal sense. A nutritionally ‘dead’ product may have some benefit when applied to the skin topically, but as an immune support agent it provides very little. The integrity of the collected substance must maintain flavonoids in their original combination for it to provide some benefits.
It is possible to get quite technical at this point, but rather than do that we’ll focus on the substance itself, the propolis extract benefits and sources, and provide links to more detailed medical resources towards the end of this review.
In a nutshell, it is understood that the flavonoids in propolis may work to block the release of histamine which works to develop the efficacy of the immune system and obstruct the formation of many common illnesses.
It’s interesting to understand how propolis is used around the hive, as a clue to what it might do to us humans. Understanding that propolis is collected by bees from trees such as pine/poplar, horse chestnut willow and birch, we need to look what role the sap plays in protecting the trees from the natural contaminants to which it is exposed in the plant and animal kingdom. In doing so we find that sap has antibiotic properties which work to protect the trees from viral and bacterial types of infection. So it isn’t just by chance that the bees chose to work with sap and natural plant resins in constructing the hive complex. In fact, utilizing the saps and resins in the construction process is a small part of the selection process - the saps, mingled with the natural bee secretions, form an extremely powerful anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti fungal agent which sanitizes the interior of the hive and protects its many residents.
Let’s show some proof then give you some selection guidelines - page 2/2 here