If the mouth develops sore spots, thrush or gum disease, it causes the whole system to disrupt, resulting in pain and tormenting feeling.
Published clinical research demonstrates that propolis fights bacteria, prevents tooth decay, enhances oral hygiene, heals bleeding gums, and prevents gums receding. Manufacturers of propolis toothpastes and mouth sprays claim that their products leave teeth clean, gums feeling healthy, taste great without artificial ingredients, and produce no negative side effects. The salesperson at a honey shop which I often frequent explained that propolis toothpaste are very suitable for young children’s use as even if it’s accidentally swallowed, it’s extremely safe.
Propolis are easily applied, and have increasingly become part of the everyday dental hygiene of people who are especially interested in natural remedies. My latest discovery while shopping for honey products : propolis extract now even comes in the form of sprays and candies. The spray claims that it is effective against flu, cuts, burns, gum and mouth infections, throat discomforsts and intestinal discomfort, while the candy is sold as a good therapeutic substitute to the traditional throat lozenges and an aid to curing flu, colds, throat discomfort, cough and bad breath.
The beneficial effects of bee pollen are familiar, and many of us are already taking advantage of this “superfood” by regularly consuming bee pollen as a food supplement. However, bees produce several other byproducts that can be equally beneficial.
Propolis is one such byproduct; this is a resinous substance that honey bees collect from various sources, including tree buds and sap flows. Bees use this resin as a sealant in their hives, usually to fill in small gaps that are 6 millimeters wide or less. (Bees use beeswax to plug larger gaps.) Propolis can be sticky at room temperatures; when it’s cold out, propolis gets hard and brittle.
Bees derive tremendous benefit from propolis. It reinforces the structural stability of their beehives. It makes the hives more easily defended, preventing parasites from entering. It reduces vibrations within the hive. The chemical content of propolis can vary depending on region; generally, it is 55 percent resins and balms (such as flavenoids), 30 percent fatty acids and waxes, 10 percent essential oils, and 5 percent protein, in the form of bee pollen. There are various trace elements and other nutrients present as well.
For humans, the primary benefit of propolis is as an antibiotic. The bioflavenoids present in propolis strengthen the body’s immune system, enhancing our resistance to disease; propolis supplements the effectiveness of vitamin C and stimulates enzyme formation. Some research suggests that propolis can act against the various bacteria that cause pneumonia, salmonellosis, influenza, herpes, tuberculosis, and other diseases. It can also act as an antifungal agent.
Chemically, propolis works in a fashion similar to prescription antibiotics, by breaking down the walls and cytoplasm of bacteria cells and preventing bacterial cell division. However, because it is a natural substance, propolis can be part of a preventative health care program and can be taken daily. There are no known side effects, though if you are allergic to bee stings or tree resin, consult with a health care practitioner before taking propolis. The body cannot build up natural resistance to propolis as it can to prescription medications. And propolis has been shown to counteract some viruses and fungi as well as bacteria.I am a scientist who has been conducting preliminary research on locating the key benefits of Propolis, produced by bees, to human health and fitness.
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