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Propolis

The propolis is a powerful substance utilized by the bees as a natural antibiotic. It varnishes the brood combs, the walls and the ceiling of the hive, preventing the proliferation of microorganisms and viruses, while it also is used to embalm the enemies who enter the hive.

Many scientific studies prove that the propolis extracts have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, healing, antiseptic and antifungal potential. Beyond the properties pharmacotherapeutic agents, propolis is widely used as a substitute for antibiotics.

The ingestion of propolis extract results in several physiological processes, assisting in the absorption and action of vitamins, acting in the healing processes as antioxidants, besides presenting antimicrobial and modulating activity of the immune system.

Green propolis stands out for having multiple biological activities, including: Antioxidant, immunodepressant, anticarcinogenic and antimicrobial. In addition to being rich in Artepelin C and Bacarina.

Bees

Did you know that worker bees only live for 4 to 5 weeks and the Queen bee for 3 years? In favorable climatic conditions, each hive can produce between 30 and 50 kgs of honey per year. In a well-developed family we can find between 50 and 80 thousand worker bees.

The workers are responsible for: building, cleaning, feeding the queen, caring for the eggs and young, collecting pollen and nectar, water, resin, hive defense, ventilation, honey production, wax, royal jelly, propolis, poison and etc.

Bees belong to the order of the Hymenoptera, which also includes ants and wasps. There are bees of many species; not all are social, not all live in colonies. The body of one of these individuals that rarely exceeds 3.75 cm in length is made up of three parts: head, thorax and abdomen.

There are two pairs of wings and three pairs of legs in its chest. Females have an ovipositor at the end of the abdomen, which is used to lay eggs and contains a sting to sting enemies.

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Honey

Made by bees from nectar, sweetened secretion that is harvested from the flowers is transformed inside the insect thanks to some enzymes. It is composed mainly of glucose and fructose, but also has other constituents that make honey a product rich in vitamins, minerals, phenolic compounds and enzymes.

Honey has therapeutic properties such as antimicrobial activity, protector of gastrointestinal diseases, antioxidant properties, prebiotic properties, as well as being a good source of energy.

Honey is a very rich and high energy food, consumed worldwide and extremely important for the health of the human organism when pure, because it has several properties: antimicrobial, healing, soothing, tissue regenerative, stimulant, among others.

Honey has most of the essential mineral elements for the human body, especially selenium, manganese, zinc, chrome and aluminum.

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