Propolis is a substance made by mixing honey bees with their own saliva and enzymes from sap from various trees and plants distributed around their main habitats. It is said that the name propolis is derived from the combination of pro (pro) meaning front and polis (city) meaning to protect the city. The etymology of propolis is said to be the action of bees attaching propolis to the inside of the honeycomb and around the entrance to prevent the invasion of bacteria from the outside. It is known that various components of the flavonoid family, which are the main components, have an excellent effect in suppressing viruses and bacteria that penetrate into the human body and act as the cause of various diseases.
Green propolis is one of these types of propolis, and it is said that it is harvested from the bacaris tree distributed in the mountainous regions of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Bacaris is a tree that grows wild in a clean area that accounts for only 3% of Brazil’s total land area, and is known to produce various defense substances to survive in a hot and humid tropical climate. And it is said that the bees living in the harsh environment of Minas Gerais are looking for stronger defense materials to survive in the harsh environment of the mountainous region.
Due to this phenomenon, the bees collected the main resin that makes propolis from the Bacaris tree, and it is said that they created a differentiated component from general propolis. In addition, unlike general propolis that has a yellow color, green propolis, as the name suggests, is composed of a green form with a light yellow color, which is a differentiating part. Now, let’s take a look at various information about the main effects of green propolis one by one.
Main effects of green propolis
1. Improving immunity
Green Propolis contains an ingredient called Artepylline C. It is not found in general propolis, but it is an organic compound derived from the sap of the Bacaris tree and is known as a differentiated key ingredient of Green Propolis. Artepylline C is known to have excellent antibacterial and antioxidant effects, so it inhibits viruses and bacteria that penetrate into the body and act as the cause of various diseases, and at the same time promotes cell oxidation and is the main culprit for damage. It is said to help a lot in removing oxygen.
In addition, green propolis contains a large amount of various types of flavonoids, which are well-known as excellent antibacterial substances. It is known that these abundant various flavonoid components are involved in the action of helping the production of interferon, a substance that inhibits the proliferation of viruses, and thus has an effective action in helping to enhance and activate the immune system, which is the body’s shield.
2. Inhibition of inflammation
Inflammation, one of the body’s defense reactions, plays a role in protecting the body when it is produced properly, but when it is produced in excess, it acts as a cause of various chronic diseases and metabolic diseases. The abundant artephyllin C component of Green Propolis is recognized as an excellent natural antibiotic, and it is said to help prevent the occurrence of various inflammatory diseases by reducing the level of excessive inflammation and preventing chronic inflammation.
3. Anticancer effect
Artephyllin C component of Green Propolis has an excellent effect in inhibiting new blood vessels that are formed for growth and metastasis of cancer cells, so it can help prevent the growth and metastasis of tumor cells. In addition, green propolis has been known to have beneficial effects in lowering the risk of cancer by helping to activate NK cells, which are immune cells known to directly destroy cancer cells, in the spleen.
4. Prevention of vascular disease
When free radicals are produced more than necessary in our body, the risk of various cardiovascular diseases increases due to an increase in lipid peroxide due to an inflammatory reaction in the blood. The complex action of various components included in artepylline and various flavonoids neutralizes excessively generated free radicals, thereby improving blood flow and regulating blood pressure, and preventing the occurrence of various vascular-related diseases. It is said to have an effect.
Other efficacy and side effects
In addition to the various effects mentioned above, Green Propolis is said to be effective in helping to kill Helicobacter pylori, which is a cause of gastric cancer and gastric ulcers. It is also known to have a good effect on diabetes as it is also involved in maintaining a constant level of glucose in the blood. In addition, it is reported that the key ingredient, Artepylline C, has an anti-leukemia effect.
Although green propolis has various effects, it is recommended to consume it within a limit of not exceeding 17 mg, which is known as the proper daily intake, because if consumed in excess, problems such as diarrhea and abdominal pain may occur. Also, depending on your constitution, you may experience allergic symptoms, so it is recommended to be careful.