Q & A. New Zealand Propolis Pro-CAPE30+
Q. What is Propolis
A. Propolis – Collective Immune System of the Beehive
Propolis is the Immune System of the Beehive. Bees produce propolis by collecting resin from leaf buds and tree sap and mix it with their saliva. This combines natural defence substances from the bee’s immune system with the medicinal properties of the resin. Bees cover every small space inside the beehive with propolis to create a sterile disease-free environment for the protection of the colony. That is why it is often called “Natural Antibiotic”.
Q. What Propolis is Used for in the Beehive
A. Bees use Propolis to fill every gap in the beehive to create the most sterile disease-free environment, protecting the beehive from bacteria, viruses and fungi. Any foreign object that gets into beehive would be covered completely with propolis to eliminate any danger of contamination.
Q. Was Propolis Traditionally Used as Medicine?
A. Centuries ago, ancient practitioners were well aware of the strong antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antioxidant properties of bee propolis and used propolis to heal wounds, treat ulcers, skin infections and respiratory conditions.
Q. What is the Composition of Propolis?
A. Research shows Propolis contains about 300 bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, caffeic acids and caffeic acid esters. The most powerful and beneficial for health is CAPE – Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester.
Q. What is CAPE?
A. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) is a natural phenolic chemical compound found in a variety of plants. It is also a component of propolis from honeybee hives.
Q. What are the Health Properties of CAPE?
A. Researchers have shown CAPE to be one of the key compounds responsible for propolis’s health properties. Extensive research on the biological features of CAPE narrates it as an effective substance against various pathologies such as infections, oxidative stress, inflammation, diabetes, neurodegeneration, and anxiety.
In 1988 a Columbia University group established CAPE as ANTI-CANCER REMEDY
(Grunberger, D. et al: Experientia, 44, 230-232, 1988)
Q. Is CAPE Present in All Propolis?
A. The composition of propolis various dramatically between geographical areas due to differences in plants and climatic conditions. Therefore, the levels of CAPE will also vary from zero in Brazilian green propolis to 70-140mg/g in New Zealand Propolis.
Studies demonstrated New Zealand propolis contains exceptionally high levels of beneficial flavonoids and phenol acids and esters in comparison to other countries.
Q. Why New Zealand Propolis is Special?
A. The superiority is due to NATURAL factors:
80% of the plants and trees in New Zealand are native and
not found elsewhere
This is due to New Zealand being an island nation for 23 million years, 2000 km from its nearest neighbour
Plants and trees have evolved their own defence systems to survive from environmental challenges
This includes producing bioactives in their resin, nectar, buds and leaves to encourage symbiotic relationships to benefit both them the host and other species
Q. What are the Health Properties of Propolis?
A. Propolis has demonstrated strong natural health benefits by providing antibacterial, anti-oxidant, antiviral, anti-fungi and anti-inflammatory activities. It has been shown beneficial for supporting immune system, respiratory health, dental health, oral health, diabetes, vision, brain health, liver health, skin health and wound healing.
Q. Is Propolis an Immune Booster or Immune Modulator?
A. Managing your immune system is a “balancing act”. It needs to be strong enough to fight off illnesses and disease but not so strong that it overreacts causing allergies and other autoimmune conditions.
The matrix of compounds in New Zealand Propolis delivers outcomes to keep your immune system in “BALANCE”.
Q. What is Pro-CAPE30+ Means in Helena Health’s Propolis Range?
A. Helena Health’s Propolis is produced by New Zealand’s most experienced and skilled team in propolis collection and harvesting.
Rich in CAPE and other flavonoids, Helena Health’s Pro-CAPE30+ New Zealand Propolis is tested & certified to contain a minimum of 30mg of CAPE /10g of pure propolis in addition to at least 200mg of other bioactives and flavonoids per 1ml of liquid.
Q. What Helena Health’s Propolis Products Are and What They Are Good for?
A. Helena Health’s specialists produced a range of Pro-CAPE30+ Propolis Products that provide natural support for various health conditions:
the most concentrated form of Propolis
Strong, Fast Action Immune Support,
Oral Health, Dental Health
-more convenient, less concentrated, easier to take
Digestive Support, Diabetes, Respiratory, Liver Health, Long-terms wellness.
-on-the-go protection. Multi-use product
Oral Health, Dental Aid, Sore Throat, Mouth Ulcers, Anti-viral Protection, Breath Freshener
Numbing and soothing
Numbing Effect of propolis for sore throat, soothing. A well-being for cooler autumn and winter months.
Q. Is Propolis Safe?
A. Propolis is generally safe to take. However about 4% of people might have allergic reactions (skin or respiratory symptoms), particularly those who are allergic to bees or bee products.
Q. Can Propolis Be Taken During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding?
A. Women have to always consult their health professionals prior to using any natural supplements, including bee products.
Q. Can Children Take Propolis?
A. Propolis has a bitter taste and as a rule does not appeal to young children. We don’t recommend our propolis products for kids under 4 years old. However, if some children suffer from frequent episodes of cold and flu, parents can try our Propolis Mouth Spray or Lozenges to support their immune system. Alternatively, a few drops of propolis liquid can be mixed in a spoon of honey and given to children that way.