Propolis is a resin-like substance which bees gather from trees and other plant sources. They use it to reinforce the hive and protect it from bacterial and viral infections.
Rich in a certain group of antioxidants called flavonoids, Propolis gives strong support to the human body's natural immune system at the cellular level and assists with cell regeneration.
Propolis health products come in many forms such as tinctures, sprays, lozenges, capsules, extracts and propolis honeys.
When buying propolis health products it is worth considering where the bees gathered the propolis as the environment can drastically effect the flavonoid levels.
New Zealand propolis is extremely high in the important dihydroflavonoids pinobanksin and pinocembrin, which make up 70% of the flavonoid content, compared to levels of less than 10% in propolis from other countries.
This is thought to be due to the quality of plant sources available to bees in New Zealand's remote and pristine environment.