Monday, September 01, 2008

Study Explains Medicinal Properties of Propolis

Immunomodulatory Effects of Turkish Propolis: Changes in Neopterin Release and Tryptophan Degradation
Immunobiology, Article in Press

Abstract: In most of the diseases which are considered to benefit from propolis, cellular immune reaction is activated, neopterin levels in body fluids are increased and enhanced tryptophan degradation is observed.

In this study, the immunomodulatory effects of six Turkish propolis samples were evaluated by using the in vitro model of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)…

Results show an immunomodulatory effect of propolis extracts which includes down-regulation of IDO activity. IDO enzyme is considered to play an important role in the development of immunodeficiency and neuropsychiatric symptoms in patient with chronic inflammation.

The suppression of tryptophan degradation by propolis extracts may therefore be related with some of its beneficial health properties in humans.

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