The Buzz About Brazilian Green Bee Propolis:
Fight Colds and Flus
Propolis is a complex resinous bee product primarily composed of plant resins and beeswax, ranging in colour from brown to dark green. Of all of the propolis produced worldwide, Brazilian Green Bee Propolis is the most studied and coveted, due to its potent antioxidant and immune-strengthening benefits. As a powerful immune-boosting ingredient, Brazilian Green Bee propolis is the perfect supplement to take in the cold months to ward off colds and flus. It is now used in many popular supplements, such as MapleLife Nutrition Bee Propolis, Wild Apiary Prime Green Propolis Extract, and VITADROP™ Cold-Less.
Brazilian green bee propolis gets its powerful health benefits from its main active ingredient, Artepillin-C (ARC) , an antioxidant which has extremely potent anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-ulcer properties. It is also a well-known liver protectant and immune system booster. A recent Japanese study also found that ARC has anti-cancerous effects by inhibiting cancer cell and tumour growth. Aside from ARC, Brazilian green bee propolis also contains protein, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, phenolics, and terpenes, which is more diverse than the composition of any other propolis.
Why is Brazilian Green Bee Propolis Considered to be the Most Effective Propolis?
1. Brazil has the proper climate and environment for bees to produce propolis throughout the year. Bee propolis is usually sticky at and above room temperature (20 °C), but becomes very hard and brittle at lower temperatures, rendering it difficult to obtain or use in many countries during winter; however, the tropical weather condition in Brazil makes it ideal for harvesting propolis all year long..
2. The Brazilian rainforest provides a rich and unpolluted natural environment from which the bees could collect propolis. While propolis from other locations (European/North American/Argentinean, etc) is produced using 2 main kinds of plants (poplars and birches), the Brazilian green bee propolis comes from more than 300 different types of plants which greatly contributes to its comprehensive health benefits.
3. Brazilian green bee propolis is made by Africanized Honey Bees, a species of honey bee with a unique method of collecting propolis which makes their propolis different from that of all other bees. Unlike other bees, Africanized bees literally cut the tips off buds of their plants so their propolis contains complete vegetal tissues instead of just the external parts of the buds.. Therefore, Brazilian green bee propolis contains the membranes, cytoplasm and nucleus of the vegetal cells, and these vegetal structures contain more water soluble substances than the poplar or birch version, making Brazilian green bee propolis more easily absorbed and more effective..
Emma He, B.Sc., is QA/RA Specialist of VITADROP™ Laboratories. For more information on the VITADROP™ series of all-natural liquid supplements, please visit vitadrop.ca.