Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ask The Pharmacist: Propolis is Perfect for Immunity, Blood Sugar and Cholesterol

By Suzy Cohen, Naples News, 9/19/2013

Question: I take a dozen antibiotics per year due to frequent infections. What else can I take? Don’t worry, I take probiotics, what I want is a natural antibiotic. M.W., Santa Barbara, California
Answer: For millions of years, honeybees have protected themselves with a sticky substance called propolis to coat and clean their hives. Call it “bee glue” this compound has exceptional medicinal benefits just like other tree saps such as Frankincense and Myrrh.
Propolis has over 200 active ingredients including cinnamic acid derivatives which cause cancer cells inside you to kill themselves (even leukemia). It has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-fungal and antimicrobial effects. I’m stocking up now before cough and cold season rolls in. The Brazilian species, as in Brazilian green propolis has higher amounts of these healing compounds, sold at health food stores and online. When combined with vitamin D, probiotics, Matcha tea, Maitake mushrooms and prescribed low-dose naltrexone (LDN about 4.5mg at night), I am confident you will ramp up your immune system. Talk to your doctor about these options. Now, I’d like to focus on how propolis can rapidly clear the body of dangerous pathogens, improve blood sugar and cholesterol, all the while reducing pain-causing cytokines.
Artepillin C, a compound in propolis shuts down NFKB, a metabolic pathway in your body that churns inflammatory compounds that make you hurt. So propolis is an anti-inflammatory…

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