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What is Propolis?

Propolis is a sticky resin made by bees from beeswax, pollen, sap and other phytochemicals collected from plants during pollination. 

Bees use their Propolis to protect the entrance of the hive and to line the interior cells, creating a safe hygienic place for the Queen Bee to lay her eggs. The powerful antiseptic properties of this propolis ensure a sanitary environment to raise new bees and maintain total health inside the hive, protecting its inhabitants from pathogenic, viral or bacterial invaders.

Bees also use Propolis to trap any unsuspecting critters that breach the hive entrance, encasing them in the waxy resin to prevent bacterial spread as they decompose. Propolis is the bees' ultimate protection. It keeps  the entire population and the hive itself, alive, safe and thriving. 

Composition of Propolis - what makes it so healthy?

Analyses of raw propolis show it contains at least 150 complex bioactive compounds. These include plant chemicals or phytonutrients, the most well known being antioxidants and bioflavonoids. Propolis also contains a range of vitamins including Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 (nicotinic acid), B9 (folate), and biotin, sometimes called Vitamin B7.

Propolis contains the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory Vitamins E, C and D, as well as a rich blend of minerals rarely seen in a single, naturally occurring compound. Minerals found in propolis include iron, copper, zinc, manganese, aluminium, magnesium, cobalt, vanadium, stronium, silicon, and calcium.   

 

You could say Propolis is a natural Vitamin & Mineral Supplement, made by Mother Nature. That's why we call it a superfood.

Propolis and Your Health

Propolis is well known for its antimicrobial, anaesthetic and astringent qualities. It's frequently linked with wound healing, specifically, improving the speed of wound healing. Propolis may assist with the treatment of ulcers, gum and oral inflammation, sore throats and gastro-intestinal issues, as well as supporting a healthy immune function. 

Beyond this, the health promoting qualities of propolis are mostly attributed to its powerful antioxidant activity. Potent free-radical scavenging makes propolis useful to help combat tissue and cell damage caused as a result of natural aging, poor diet and lifestyle choices, alcohol, pollutants and more.

Increasing your antioxidant intake is one of the most beneficial daily practices for anyone concerned with aging well, disease prevention and the maintenance of general good health.

Propolis can help.

 

(See below for links to scientific literature on Propolis and health)

Chalmers Dale Propolis 

The Propolis extract used by Chalmers Dale is extracted using a unique process of “cryogenic” filtration. The material is processed at extremely low temperatures. Impurities are crystallized and filtered out. This ensures that the health properties and active compounds in the propolis are protected and retained, while impurities and debris are effectively removed. The result is a higher quality extract with more active health compounds. 

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