Reader's question to SunSentinel, a South Florida news publication: "Dear Pharmacist: I take a dozen antibiotics per year due to frequent infections. What else can I take? Don't worry, I take probiotics. What I want is a natural antibiotic. — M.W., Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dear M.W.: For millions of years, honeybees have protected themselves with a sticky substance, propolis, to coat and clean their hives. Call it "bee glue," this compound has exceptional medicinal benefits just like other tree saps such as frankincense and myrrh.
Propolis has more than 200 active ingredients including cinnamic acid derivatives, which cause cancer cells inside you to kill themselves (even leukemia). It has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial effects. The Brazilian species, as in Brazilian green propolis, has higher amounts of these healing compounds, and is sold at health food stores and online. When combined with vitamin D, probiotics, Matcha tea, Maitake mushrooms and prescribed low-dose naltrexone (LDN, about 4.5 milligrams at night), I am confident you will ramp up your immune system. Speak with your doctor about these options.
Now, I'd like to focus on how propolis can rapidly clear the body of dangerous pathogens, improve blood sugar and cholesterol, all the while reducing pain-causing cytokines. Artepillin C, a compound in propolis, shuts down a metabolic pathway in your body that churns inflammatory compounds that make you hurt. So propolis is an anti-inflammatory.
It supports healthy blood sugar levels, as well as blood lipids (like cholesterol).
Propolis has been shown to kill H. pylori, which is implicated in gastric ulcers and colitis; also MRSA, as in the potentially fatal bug. It acts on these pathogens without destroying your probiotic flora. I'd still take probiotics, but it's good to know propolis doesn't harm your gut like conventional antibiotics. That means no diarrhea, cramping and bloating.
As an anti-fungal, propolis has been shown to fight Candida strains of all sorts, including C. albicans, C. glabrata and C. krusei. That last one is dangerous, and it occurs during production of chocolate and wine. A study compared natural propolis to the drug Nystatin, and they were equally effective.
One of the most difficult to treat viruses known to man is influenza. There's also herpes and the infamous small pox. Would it shock you at this point if I told you various studies have shown antiviral capacity by propolis? Two separate studies have shown it work against HPV, or human papilloma virus, implicated in cervical cancer. Whenever I see hype about injecting little kids with vaccines for HPV, I wonder why propolis doesn't even get an honorable mention.
Text extracted from SunSentinel.
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