Propolis | What is it?

Nature's Most Powerful Protector

Bee Propolis is a powerhouse of natural protection. Made by bees from plant resins and beeswax, propolis is used to seal, protect and sterilize the beehive. It acts as the immune defense mechanism for the whole hive and protects against invaders and infection.

Propolis is the bodyguard of the beehive, and it can be yours too. It's been used as a traditional health product for centuries, and modern science confirms that the protective properties of propolis have significant benefits for human health.

The Power of New Zealand Propolis

The quality and potency of propolis depends on the country and plants it comes from. New Zealand’s unique environment and climate means New Zealand Propolis is of superior purity and quality, and has exceptionally high levels of protective active compounds (bioactives).

Not all Propolis is equal

The protective power of propolis comes from the bioactives. Propolis products claiming only the amount of raw propolis with no mention of bioactives tell you nothing about the strength of the product. Raw propolis contains a lot of wax and impurities and may have very low levels of bioactives.

Look for propolis that certifies the amount of bioactives on the label (flavonoids and caffeates are the important ones).

Mānuka Health - Leaders in Propolis science

BIO New Zealand Propolis has our researchers pretty excited by its potential for human health. Working with leading scientists, our research has identified the most powerful bioactives responsible for the impressive immune support and antioxidant properties of New Zealand Propolis. ​

BIO New Zealand Propolis is the only propolis tested and certified for these key bioactives (to get technical, we’re talking about 16 specific bioactive flavonoids and caffeates that have been shown to be active in the body).

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Propolis Benefits & Uses

Propolis has been used as a traditional health product since ancient times. It was used to treat sores, ulcers, oral infections and coughs by the ancient Greeks, and was even used as an embalming agent by ancient Egyptians (please don't try this at home!). ​

Modern research confirms high quality bioactive propolis has remarkable protective properties to support human health: ​

  • Immune support & winter wellness - It's a great supplement to help support resistance and recovery, and propolis lozenges and spray provide powerful throat care.
  • Antioxidant protection - Important for healthy aging and cellular protection, and particularly supportive for athletes, city-dwellers and those with stressful lifestyles. ​
  • General Wellbeing - The powerful protective benefits of propolis provide broad support for overall health and wellbeing.
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Ongoing research is investigating potential therapeutic use for:

  • Immune health
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Age-related conditions 
  • Cardiovascular health Liver health
  • Oral health
  • Respiratory health
  • Wound healing and skin health
  • Blood sugar management
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