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Propolis is a sticky, greenish scented natural resin-like substance collected by bees from blossoms of poplar cone bearing trees to reinforce their hives. This substance possesses huge medicinal value and has been used for a long time to treat different illnesses. This article guides you through some of the health benefits of Propolis.

Infections
According to African Journal of Microbiology Research

Propolis is an efficient antimicrobial agent that greatly helps in managing and treating respiratory tract infections. It has been noted that Propolis inhibits the growth of various respiratory tract bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus pneumonia and Hemophilus influenza. 

Inflammation

Propolis is also known to reduce the signs and symptoms of flu.
Inflammation
According to the European Journal of Pharmacology Artipillin which is a key component of Propolis has huge anti-inflammatory properties and helps in healing inflammatory conditions as well as healing wounds. It can also be effectively applied topically to heal wounds and any inflammation.

Cancer
According to an article in the International Journal of Oncology Brazilian Propolis extracts are very useful in inhibiting the development of prostate cancer cells. More research is however needed to prove that Propolis supplements can effectively replace chemotherapeutic agents.

Antioxidant

Antioxidant Activity
Acceding to a research carried out in 2004 by Food Chemistry Propolis extracts that contain ethanol has flavonoid and polyphenolic ingredients which have antioxidant properties. They are important in stabilizing injurious free radicals resulting from metabolic activities and therefore prevent several chronic conditions linked to aging.

Food poisoning

Propolis can also be used in the treatment of food poisoning due to its antimicrobial activity against germs. Researchers state that Propolis inhibits growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter faecalis as well as Campylobacter jejuni all of which are commonly known as food poisoning.

Bone disease

Propolis is also known to help in the development and maintenance of healthy bone tissues. Components of Propolis are effective in preventing as well as reversing various bone diseases.

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