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What is Propolis?
Propolis, also known as “bee glue”, is a natural resinous substance produced by honey bees using enzymes and beeswax to mix with natural sap from botanical sources. It is applied to the entrance of bee hive to protect against bacteria and viruses, and also used as a sealant for cracks on the hives.
Propolis possesses antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Since ancient times, propolis extract has been used widely in folk medicine to prevent or treat various diseases. The compounds of propolis include phenolic acids, flavonoids, esters, diterpenes, sesquiterpenes, lignans, aromatic aldehydes, alcohols, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
Not All Propolis are Equal
Propolis originates from Brazil, China, the United States, Europe and Australia and is categorised into 3 classes – red, green and brown propolis. Among all, the Brazilian Green Propolis from Southeast of Brazil, Minas Gerais state, is the most researched and coveted for its large amounts of phenolic compounds, including Artepillin C and Flavonoids; their synergistic properties deliver extensive health benefits which lower grade propolis could not.
Only Brazilian Green Propolis has large amounts of the prized Artepillin C
Brazilian Green Propolis Ultimate is a top-grade propolis with unprecedented concentrations of >5% Flavonoids and >7% Artepillin C. Artepillin C is a marker of the highest quality propolis, unique only to Brazilian Green Propolis harvested from Baccharis dracunculifolia plant in Southern Minas Gerais state and free from industrial or agricultural pollution. Its extensive healing properties makes it a coveted and prized compound to look out for in propolis supplements.
Comprehensive Health Benefits
• Support healthy immune system
Natural defence against bacteria, viruses, fungi & allergies
• Support healthy inflammatory response
Modulate acute & chronic inflammation
• Support healthy respiratory system
Guard against upper respiratory tract infection & inflammation, including cough, sore throat, asthma
• Provide antioxidant protection
Neutralise free radicals & reduce oxidative stress
• Maintain cardiovascular health
Promote healthy cholesterol, blood sugar, pressure & blood flow
• Promote brain health
Protect brain against oxidative damage & inflammation, alleviate cognitive deficits
• Support optimal gut health
Improve gut microbiota & strengthen intestinal wall
• Protect against liver & kidney damage
Reduce inflammation, oxidative stress & proteinuria
• Promote skin health
Stimulate growth & regeneration of skin tissue, modulate collagen production
• Promote wound healing & cellular regeneration
• Relieve mouth ulcers
Healing Properties of Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE
Research have shown the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activities of Brazilian Green Propolis (Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011; 2011: 254914 & 2012; 2012: 946867).
The super ingredients of Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE - Artepillin C and Flavonoids -are research proven to provide higher antioxidant activities than BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene), a well-known synthetic antioxidant. These activities include anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-ageing, prevention of atherosclerosis and more.
Propolis protects the brain from oxidative stress
Besides the brain, the powerful antioxidant activity of propolis is also effective on acute lung inflammation caused by cigarette smoke and helps prevent UV-induced oxidative stress in skin.
Propolis is known to have immunomodulatory effect, either in enhancing or suppressing the immune system. Studies showed that Brazilian green propolis helps suppress the onset of ulcers, antiherpetic, as well as providing antioxidant protection in patients with type 2 diabetes.
As propolis extract could modulate cytokine production and reduce airway inflammation, it has been proposed as a potential therapeutic agent for asthma. Propolis is also an excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent, likely due to its suppressive effect on prostaglandin production that causes inflammation and pain.
Why Choose Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE?
Other Forms of Brazilian Green Propolis from Lifestream Group
If you prefer wider applications of Brazilian Green Propolis, it is also available in liquid and spray forms under our AFC range.
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Content: 60 veggie caps
Per 2 capsules:
Active ingredients: Propolis Extract (400mg), which contains >20mg (>5%) Flavonoids and >28mg (>7%) Artepillin-C
Other Ingredients: Starch, Dextrin, Calcium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Tricalcium Phosphate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Caramel, Carrageenan, Potassium Chloride
No wheat, gluten, yeast, milk derivatives, preservatives or artificial colouring
What is Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE?
Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is made of Brazilian green propolis extract that contains exceptionally high concentrations of Flavonoids (>5%) and Artepillin C (>7%), two major bioactive constituents of propolis that are attributed to the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties. It is sourced from Baccharis dracunculifolia grown in Minas Gerais (Southeast region of Brazil), away from industrial or agricultural pollution, by Africanised honeybee (Apis mellifera). Extracted via a proprietary UltraPRO green extraction technology, this unprecedented propolis formula in capsule form is totally free of chemicals and contaminants and yet, it encompasses a wide range of natural compounds, offering a broad spectrum of health benefits.
What is the source and origin of Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE?
Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is originated from Minas Gerais, a state in Southeastern Brazil, away from industrial and agricultural pollution. Harvested from Baccharis dracunculifolia by Africanised honeybee (Apis mellifera), Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is reputable for its exceptional high concentrations of Artepillin C, a major bioactive constituent and quality marker of Brazilian green propolis. It is noteworthy that Artepillin C, the prized ingredient present in Brazilian green propolis is unique only to Baccharis dracunculifolia plant species from which it is harvested. Furthermore, only Africanised honeybee (Apis mellifera) has the capacity to produce Brazilian Green Propolis with high amounts of Artepillin-C. Research suggests that propolis from Minas Gerais has highest value of Artepillin C. These excellent origin and source make Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE one of the most potent propolis supplements in the market.
What are Flavonoids and Artepillin C in propolis?
Flavonoids and Artepillin C are two major bioactive constituents that account for many of the benefits attributed to propolis. Among the multiple components of propolis, flavonoids contribute enormously to the antioxidant property of propolis. Antioxidant protection for cells against free radicals and oxidative damage is of utmost importance, otherwise, oxidative damage can lead to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and many other health conditions. Artepillin C, a marker of the highest quality Brazilian Green Propolis, provides strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to the propolis. By the use of proprietary UltraPRO green extraction technology, Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE contains extremely high concentrations of Flavonoids (>5%) and Artepillin-C (>7%) to deliver superior quality and potency.
Why Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE in a capsule form?
Propolis mainly comes in two forms – capsule and liquid form. Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is made into capsule form for ease of consumption. This hassle-free propolis capsule is completely free of the pungent propolis aftertaste and is particularly suitable for those who could not tolerate the strong smell and taste of liquid propolis. Besides, Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE also contains unprecedented high concentrations of bioactive constituents of propolis extract, which are >5% Flavonoids and >7% Artepillin C, compared to typical liquid propolis which contains around 1.7% of Flavonoids and 2.8% of Artepillin C in the extract. As Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE suitable only for oral intake, if you prefer more versatility of using propolis, you can opt for our alternative high quality AFC Brazilian Green Propolis Extract in liquid form to use as a supplement, a mouthwash for throat and oral health, or a topical application for skin to aid wound healing.
What are the benefits of taking propolis?
Propolis offers a wide range of benefits to human health, including:
• Natural defence against bacteria, viruses and fungi
• Neutralise free radicals & reduce oxidative stress
• Support healthy inflammatory response
• Support healthy respiratory system
• Support healthy cholesterol, blood sugar & blood pressure
• Maintain heart & circulatory health
• Help protect brain against oxidative damage
• Support optimal gastrointestinal health
• Help guard against liver & kidney damage
• Support wound healing & cellular regeneration
• Support general health & well-being
Who should take Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE?
Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE possesses antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal effects, immune-boosting, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This proprietary formula is especially recommended for those who are susceptible to microbe or viral attack, poor immune health, poor respiratory system, poor lifestyle habits and compromised overall wellness. Healthy individuals are encouraged to take Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE to keep your health in tip top condition.
I always sneeze and have bouts of sore throat and cough. Can Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE help?
Definitely, Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is a natural “antibiotic” with antibacterial and antiviral properties. Besides, it also offers anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits. The extensive benefits of Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE would help speed up recovery and fend off potential illness.
How does Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE benefit diabetic patients?
Based on a study, oral administration of Brazilian green propolis (226.8mg/day) for 8 weeks could help protect type 2 diabetic patients against worsening of blood uric acid and kidney function, which commonly occur in patients suffering from diabetes (Biomed Rep. 3(3): 355-360 (2015)). High uric acid levels in blood could lead to gout and it is also associated with several health conditions, including heart and kidney diseases.
Can vegetarians take Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE?
Yes, can. Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is vegetarian- and keto-friendly.
When is the recommended dosage and best time to consume Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE?
The recommended dosage for Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is 2 capsules daily or as directed by your health practitioner. Every 2 capsules provide 400 mg Brazilian Green Propolis Extract, which contains >20mg (>5%) Flavonoids and >28mg (>7%) Artepillin C. Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE can be consumed at any time throughout the day, before or after food.
How safe is Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE, are there any side effects?
Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is highly safe. The propolis is originated from Minas Gerais in Brazil which is free of pollutants and contaminants. It is manufactured in Japan via a proprietary UltraPRO green extraction technology. Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is pure and has been rigorously tested for safety.
Avoid Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE if you are allergic to bees or bee products. Other than this, there are no known side effects associated with daily consumption of Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE if taken as recommended. You are advised to consult your physician before taking any dietary supplement if you have or have had any health condition. Discontinue use and seek advice from your physician of any adverse reactions such as allergic reactions.
Does Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE require a prescription?
No. Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is a natural supplement and not a medicine, no prescription is needed.
Is Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE safe for use during pregnancy and nursing?
Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE has not been studied for use during pregnancy and nursing. If you are pregnant or nursing, we strongly advise you to consult your physician before taking any supplements.
What makes Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE superior to other propolis supplements?
Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is one of the most potent propolis in the market, these are the factors contributing to is superiority:
1. Origin: Sources of propolis include Brazil, China, the United States, Europe and Australia. Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is sourced from Baccharis dracunculifolia plant in the mountainous regions of Southern Minas Gerais state of Brazil, a rich and unpolluted natural environment from which high quality propolis can be harvested. The Baccharis dracunculifolia plant is the only plant species with the highest levels of Flavonoids and Artepillin C, making it most valuable. On the other hand, propolis from other regions are harvested from other types of plants such as poplars and birches, which contain only Flavonoids, but not Artepillin C. Artepillin C is a major component and highest quality marker of Brazilian Green Propolis, conferring strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties to the propolis.
2. High levels of Bioactive Compounds: Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE is produced by Africanised honeybees (Apis mellifera), a unique species of honeybee with the ability to produce the highest quality of propolis. Unlike other bees which harvest propolis from the external parts of the plants, Africanised honeybees employ a unique method of harvesting propolis by cutting the tip off the buds to collect the complete vegetal tissues which offer a broader spectrum of bioactive compounds and higher efficacy.
3. Standardised extracts and guaranteed potency: While the propolis ingredient of a majority of supplements in the market are not standardised and the amount of bioactive constituents is unknown, Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE contains standardised and ultra-concentrated flavonoids and a wide spectrum of phenolics. Each serving (2 capsules) of Brazilian green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE guarantees >20 mg Flavonoids and >28 mg Artepillin-C, two bioactive compounds attributed to many benefits attributed of propolis.
What results can I expect after taking Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE?
Your immune system would be stronger and you would recover faster from a sickness. You would also be more resistant to cold, flu or mouth ulcers. Besides this, Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE also helps improve respiratory system and may help reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. In addition, this proprietary propolis formula can also be used to treat warts, a condition of quick cell growth on the outer layer of the skin. Lastly, the anti-inflammatory property of Brazilian Green PROPOLIS could also help reduce both acute and chronic inflammation, a key driver of pain, discomfort and many diseases.
Is it safe to take Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE safe for long term?
Yes, Brazilian Green PROPOLIS is recommended for long-term consumption for maximal protection from sickness and optimal body wellness, especially beneficial to those who are prone to infections, have poor immunity or unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as late nights, smoking and frequent alcohol drinking. Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE has no known long-term side effects. However, please avoid taking Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE if you are allergic to bees or bee products. Discontinue use and seek advice from your physician of adverse reactions such as allergy.
Is Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE suitable for children?
Yes, children who are able to swallow a capsule can take Brazilian Green PROPOLIS ULTIMATE, to strengthen their immune system and minimise frequencies of colds and flu. This is especially recommended for children in day cares or kindergartens, as diseases spread easily and rapidly in those environments. The recommended dosage is 1 capsule daily for children up to 12 years old and 2 capsules daily for those above 12 years old.
Adults & children > 12 years old: 2 capsules daily
Children up to 12 years old: 1 capsule daily
(only let children take if they can swallow whole capsule, don’t try to open capsule and mix with water or food)
Cancer patients: 2 capsules x 3 times daily
Scientifically Proven Benefits of Brazilian Green
1. Support healthy inflammatory response
Subjects were given lipopolysaccharide for 3 days to trigger acute inflammatory response. Simultaneously, they were orally administered water (control) or propolis extract. Results showed propolis extract suppressed pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, TNF-α) and increased anti-inflammatory cytokines (TGF-β, IL-10), which suggest it has the ability to regulate the body’s immune response to reduce inflammation.
2. Protect against respiratory tract infections
In this clinical trial, 430 children (1 – 5 years old) were randomly given herbal extract preparation containing 50 mg/mL of echinacea, 50 mg/mL of propolis and 10 mg/mL of vitamin C or placebo, for 12 weeks to evaluate its effectiveness in preventing respiratory tract infections. Children aged 1 – 3 years were administered 5.0 ml and those 4- 5 years were given 7.5ml, twice daily for both groups.
Results showed significant reduction in the number of illness episodes, number of episodes per child and duration of fever per child, among the groups which were administered with propolis-containing extract. In addition, the total number of illness days and duration of individual episodes were also significantly lower. The findings suggested that propolis could help protect against incidences of respiratory tract infections in children.
Propolis protected children against respiratory tract infections
3. Improve immune system
In this clinical trial, 10 healthy individuals (18 – 45 years old) were orally administered 500 mg propolis in the morning for 13 days to determine the changes of cytokine (TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-8). Cytokines are proteins secreted by immune cells, vital for regulating immune and inflammatory responses. Results showed that cytokine secretion increased significantly during the 13-day therapy without undesirable side effects. This concludes that propolis could help enhance the immune system when the immune response is insufficient to control a specific infection or pathological condition (Forsch Komplementarmed. 6(5): 256-260 (1999)).
4. Relieve mouth ulcers
Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is a common condition characterised by the repeated formation of non-contagious mouth ulcers. The underlying cause of this condition remains unknown and no curative treatment is available.
In this clinical trial, RAS patients were orally administered 500mg of propolis or placebo daily and the frequency of ulcer occurrence were determined at baseline and every 2 weeks. Propolis was shown to be effective in reducing the number of recurrences and improving the quality of life (QOL) in RAS patients.
Propolis reduced the recurrence of mouth ulcers and improved the quality of life of RAS patients
5. Provide antioxidant protection
In this clinical trial, subjects were orally administered propolis extract for 90 days; their oxidative status and modulation of lipids were evaluated at baseline (0) and on the 45th and 90th day. Compared to placebo, administration of propolis is linked to an increase of glutathione (GSH) levels and a decrease in thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) levels. GSH is one of the body’s most important and potent antioxidants and TBARS is a measure of oxidative stress. The propolis group also observed an increase of HDL-cholesterol from baseline to 90 days. These findings suggested the potential benefits of propolis on oxidative status and improvement of HDL-cholesterol level, which could help reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
In this clinical trial, asthmatic patients (19 – 52 years old) were orally administered 260 mg aqueous propolis extract daily for 2 months. Results showed a remarkable reduction in the incidence and severity of night attacks and improvement of ventilatory functions, as a consequence of a decrease of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including TNF-α, ICAM-1, IL-6 and IL-8. The results suggested that propolis extract could be potentially effective as an adjuvant to therapy for asthmatic patients.
FEV1: forced exhalation volume in one second): maximal amount of air you can forcefully exhale in one second.
PEFR (peak expiratory flow rate): maximal rate that a person can exhale during a short maximal expiratory effort after a full inspiration.
FEF25-75: the forced expiratory flow rate between 25 and 75% of the vital capacity.
7. Beneficial effects on patients with kidney disease
In this clinical trial, 32 patients with diabetic and non-diabetic chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients were orally administered 500 mg/day of Brazilian green propolis or placebo for 12 months. The impact of the propolis on proteinuria reduction and urinary monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) were evaluated. Proteinuria is a well-established marker of disease progression in CKD patients, while MCP-1 play a key role in the development of kidney diseases. At the end of the treatment, the propolis group showed significantly lower proteinuria and MCP-1 levels, compared to placebo group, suggesting the beneficial effects of Brazilian green propolis on CKD patients.
8. Beneficial effects on type 2 diabetic patients
In this clinical trial, 80 patients with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned Brazilian green propolis (226.8mg/day) or placebo for 8 weeks. From blood examination, data associated with metabolic disorders in patients suffering from diabetes was evaluated, including uric acid and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) from baseline to the end of study. Diabetes is closely associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and kidney failure. Uric acid is a marker of increased cardiovascular risk and eGFR is a marker for kidney function, with lower eGFR values indicating poorer kidney function.
Patients consuming placebo showed worsening of blood uric acid and eGFR levels at 8 weeks compared to baseline. On the other hand, this did not happen to patients consuming Brazilian green propolis. This suggested that oral administration of Brazilian green propolis for 8 weeks could prevent type 2 diabetic patients from developing hyperuricemia and dysfunction of renal glomerular filtrating function, which commonly develop in patients suffering from diabetes.
9. Eliminate warts
Warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) which invades the outer layer of skin, leading to rapid cell growth on the outer layer of skin. Multiple treatment options are available but no treatment has yet proven 100% effective as a cure.
In this clinical trial, 135 patients with different types of warts were orally administered propolis or placebo for 12 weeks. Treatment with propolis resulted in a cure in 75% and 73% of patients with plane and common warts, respectively. The results observed were significantly better than those administered with placebo. Hence, propolis, a relatively safe immunomodulator with antiviral properties could serve as an alternative treatment for warts.
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