Propolis, otherwise known as “bee glue,” is a sticky, waxy substance made by bees composed primarily of plant resins and beeswax. It is abundant in amino acids, antioxidants known as bioflavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.
Propolis has been used for centuries to enhance the immune system, treat various skin conditions, aid in preventing cancer and treat viral infections such as genital herpes. Bee propolis contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that have the ability to enhance and improve the immune system. In particular, it is thought that the bioflavonoids in propolis 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.
Bee propolis contains an active ingredient called Artepillin-C (ARC), an antioxidant which has been found to have extremely potent anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and anti-ulcer activities. Recent research conducted by Japanese scientists found that ARC has anti-cancerous effects by inhibiting mitoses and significantly reducing the number of newly formed vessels within the tumor.