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What's the Deal with Propolis?

We talk a whole lot about honey, but less about propolis – a combination of plant resin, saps and bee saliva made by bees to line their hives. You may have noticed that propolis, aka bee glue, has been booming in popularity lately. But did you know? This miracle substance has actually been used in medicine and body care for centuries!

You’ll find propolis in the ingredients list. But what exactly are the benefits of this sticky bee glue? We’ve got the 411 on the all buzz surrounding propolis.

It’s anti-microbial

Bees create and line their hives with propolis to protect the colony from all sorts of bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew that could cause harm to the hive. If you think of your body as the hive, well, you get the picture! Propolis becomes extra popular during cold and flu season, as anti-microbial products can help slow or stop viral and bacterial infections.

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It’s an antioxidant

We’ve all heard that antioxidants are important for living healthy lives, but why? Free radicals can invade our cells, causing an array of health issues ranging from autoimmune disorders to diabetes. Antioxidants can help protect cells from the harm caused by free radicals, which in turn can boost overall health. Free radicals are also said to cause age-related changes in your appearance like wrinkles, and the antioxidants in propolis can help keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.

It’s vitamin and mineral dense

Propolis is a secret weapon for getting a good dose of minerals and vitamins. Properties found in propolis include Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, and Iron as well as plenty of Vitamin B varieties, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Not only does your body use these vitamins and minerals to perform basic daily functions, but they are also used to help your skin heal. That’s why so many people use propolis for healing wounds as well as the treatment of acne and cold sores.

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