As the world’s medical organizations recognize that modern pharmaceuticals are becoming ineffective at combating illness causing viruses and bacteria such as colds and flu, they began to look for alternative treatments and remedies.
One such alternative natural research commenced in the 1960’s in Denmark and France with studies by Dr.Remy Chauvin and Aagard Lund. Lund was the one of the first in the West to recognize the properties of Propolis a resinous compound produced by bees as an immune stimulant, with antibacterial properties. Chemical analysis reveals that it is a complex amalgam of plant resins, beeswax, aromatic oils and bee pollen.
Lund was the first to develop a process for preserving propolis. His method is still used by many producers today to ensure the integrity of propolis’s healing and antiviral properties.
Chauvin, who conducts his research at the Sorbonne in Paris, now considered as the world’s foremost authority on propolis. He states,” Scientists believe that nature has a cure for every disease it’s just a matter of finding it.” He also points out that propolis bestows significant amounts of vitamins and minerals when taken internally, while antibiotics do the opposite causing deficiencies in the essential nutrients.
Propolis For Cold And Flu
We might use this analogy in describing propolis use for colds and flu: If our bodies were a castle and in danger of being invaded by an army of marauders, it would make more sense to reinforce the walls surrounding the castle, rather than setting off a bomb which would indiscriminately destroy the wall and marauders alike. Alternatively you can use nyquil to stop cold and flu. Check how long does it take for nyquil to kick in your system.
Studies in Brazil, Australia and Bulgaria, have shown that propolis does work in conjunction with synthetic antibiotics by boosting the efficacy of penicillin and other antibiotics by one hundred percent.
So, what are the chemical compounds of this miracle healer? Forty to fifty percent of propolis is made up of resins, which are rich in flavonoids. Flavonoids exist in all blossoming plants, but they have different properties when found in propolis. Experts believe that the enzymes excreted in bee saliva when the bees process propolis produce a chemical change in the flavonoids.
Types of Flavonoids
Different types of flavonoids available, but the most important ones are Pinocembrin and Galanin, which have significant therapeutic properties. They are shown to strengthen the protein shell surrounding cold and flu viruses, which renders the virus and bacteria harmless. It also stimulates interferon which stimulates the immune system.
Flavonoids comprise as much as twenty percent of the biochemical properties of propolis, which might explain why it’s such a powerful natural healing agent
Consumer research shows that a high proportion of users, as I do, take propolis on a regular basis to stay well, to maintain a healthy immune system to ward off coughs, colds, and flu. I always take 2 x 2-gram capsules; double my dose before a long haul flight for several days before departure, just to boost my immune system. Bye the way, propolis is readily available in all good health food stores.
Propolis can cause an allergic reaction in humans.(about 1 in 2000). So, if you are allergic to bee stings or honey then take care, and only start with small doses. Some beekeepers develop a rash when attending their hives in summer, but their rashes soon disappear in the winter when there is no hive activity.
Pregnant women are advised to check with their physician before taking this supplement.