Propolis is a natural resinous substance collected by bees from the leaves, stems, and buds of various plants. Bees use propolis to protect the hive from pathogens and other threats. The composition of propolis varies depending on the plant species and geographical location. Propolis contains biologically active compounds such as plant resin (50%), wax (30%), volatile and aromatic oils (10%), pollen (5%), and flavonoids, phenolics, terpenes, and enzymes (5%). The beneficial effects of propolis are attributed to its active components, including phenolics and flavonoids.
Why Should Propolis be Extracted?
Raw propolis is mixed with beeswax, resulting in a low bioavailability of only 2% in the human body. Therefore, propolis must undergo an extraction process to remove beeswax and increase its bioavailability. The extraction process involves using solvents such as ethanol, glycol, glycerol, and other food-grade and antioxidant substances along with water to extract the active ingredients of propolis.
How Should Propolis be Extracted?
Propolis extraction requires solvents such as ethanol, glycol, glycerol, and other food-grade and antioxidant substances in addition to water. These solvents are necessary to extract the active components of propolis, mainly flavonoids and phenolics. Propolis extracted using the appropriate solvents can be up to 95% bioavailable for the human body. Expert food engineers must do the extraction process to ensure that all beeswax in the raw propolis is wholly separated, resulting in a higher level of phenolic and flavonoid compounds. Therefore, using suitable solvents and proper extraction techniques is essential to obtain the maximum nutritional benefits of propolis.
The Uniqeness of Anatolian Propolis
Anatolian propolis, obtained from the Anatolian region of Turkey, is the most valuable propolis in the world due to its high phenolic richness and diversity. Anatolian propolis is generally of the poplar (willow family) type, with a brown color and a unique, sharp smell. It tastes bitter due to the absence of sugar. Anatolian Propolis Extract, which is water-soluble, turns the color of the water yellow when mixed with it.
BEE&YOU is a patented propolis producer in Europe and America with an award-winning extraction technology developed by expert food engineers.
BEE&YOU offers propolis, royal jelly, raw honey, bee bread, and pollen obtained from the Anatolian region through the "Contracted Beekeeping" model by tracing them from the hives to the tables globally.
BEE&YOU's patented pure Anatolian propolis (A.P.E.®) contains at least 15 different phenolic and flavonoid compounds, including caffeic acid phenethyl ester, caffeic acid, coumaric acid, quercetin, ferulic acid, cinnamic acid, rhamnetin, pinocembrin, resveratrol, apigenin, chrysin, luteolin, hesperidin, and hydroxybenzoic acid.
How much BEE&YOU Propolis Water Soluble Extract do we consume?
BEE&YOU Propolis Water Soluble Extract is a natural dietary supplement. Children aged 4-10 years can consume ten drops of the extract once a day, while adults can consume 20 drops daily.
When do we increase the number of drops we consume?
Under challenging conditions such as seasonal changes or when you feel weak, the dose of BEE&YOU Propolis Water Soluble Extract can be increased up to four times.
How can we use BEE&YOU Propolis Water Soluble Extract?
BEE&YOU Propolis Water Soluble Extract can be consumed directly or mixed with water, milk, juice, smoothie, or other drinks. However, it is recommended not to mix the extract with hot beverages to protect the beneficial compounds in the product.