Flavonoids and amino acids are primarily responsible for their beneficial health action
Propolis is a holy medicine. But does the little medicine prescribed by Grandma really works? Produced by bees, it results from the mixture of substances taken from the pollen of trees and with the bee’s own secretions.
The combination gives the product which is rich in amino acids, vitamins and bioflavonoid, propolis making a powerful antioxidant with antibiotic action. “Its use has specific indications that must be respected,” explains Silvio zootecnista Lengler, professor of apiculture UFSM (University of Santa Maria, RS).
Antibacterial action: propolis is popularly known as a natural antibiotic. The great advantage of its use in relation to common antibiotics is that it destroys harmful bacteria, maintaining beneficial, such as bacteria of the intestinal flora.
Some studies suggest that bacteria do not develop resistance to propolis, as with synthetic antibiotics, preventing they become more harmful, dangerous and tough.
Antiviral: is a powerful ally in fighting the herpes and influenza viruses. It also prevents the onset of colds, pneumonia, colds and respiratory diseases.
“The Federal University of Santa Catarina recently conducted a study confirming the bronchodilator and analgesic action of propolis,” explains the expert.
“We conclude that the propolis can be used both in prevention and in treatment of influenza, asthma, bronchitis and colds. Its use is already established in the treatment of sinusitis, tonsillitis and rhinitis “he continues.
Immunostimulant function: scientific studies also show the benefit of propolis to strengthen the immune system. The fact of stimulating the immune cells propolis becomes a potent anti-infective agent. “It stimulates the production of antibody-producing cells and globulin important for patients with low resistance,” said Silvio.
Fights free radicals: in addition to having antioxidant action, which block the action of free radicals on healthy cells, propolis preserves the action of vitamin C, a powerful anti-aging antioxidant.
Function healing and regenerating tissue: the presence of flavonoids and amino acids considered regenerating tissue, propolis becomes effective in the treatment of dermatitis, wounds, ulcers and burns. “It is known that the majority of stomach ulcers are caused by bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which is highly sensitive to propolis. This justifies its use in the treatment of gastric infections, “explains beekeepers.
Pain relief: its anesthetic function makes propolis an excellent supplement in fighting tonsillitis, sore throat, toothache, among others.
Indications for use of propolis
– In superficial inflammatory diseases such as stomatitis, tonsillitis, gingivitis, alveolar pyorrhea, hemorrhoids. In the case of stomatitis and sore throats, the alcoholic extract has better results, since it creates a protective film on the spot where it was last;
– It is also indicated to prevent fatigue, improve ulcerations and inflammation and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatism, diabetes and hypertension;
– Strengthening the immune action by the action of lymphocytes, stimulation of weakened organism, reduction of side effects of anti-cancer and radiation;
– Prevention and treatment of chronic pneumonia and bronchitis child;
– Treatment of severe burns and effects on skin diseases.
Even with so many benefits propolis should be used with caution, “we must remember that propolis is not a panacea for all ills and, due to its properties, should be used with caution and only when necessary,” he explains.