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FAST FACTS ON PROPOLIS: The Wonder Product from Bees

Whether it be for a mouth or throat infection, that bothersome “singaw”, or even the sore throat you may get from talking for long periods of time, Propolis can do wonders for you.

Know more of the numerous benefits this nature’s gift has to offer.

1. PROPOLIS is a bee product used by humans for thousands of years

Propolis is a natural substance produced by bees from various plant sources. Bees make propolis as building material for their hive to seal holes in their honeycomb, hence its nickname “bee glue”. Propolis is a complex blend of plant derived compounds collected by bees, giving it multiple biologic properties. Throughout history, humans have been using propolis for its numerous health benefits.

2. PROPOLIS and Honey are two different compounds

Bees give us a number of produces that are beneficial to human. This includes honey, royal jelly, beeswax and propolis. Although both are naturally made by bees, propolis and honey are two different and distinct products. Honey is primarily made by bees as a food source, while propolis is made to seal the cracks on their hive, protecting and maintaining the beehive from invasive microorganisms that threaten to infect the colony.

3. PROPOLIS differs from one region to another

Just like honey has many types with varying characteristics, not all propolis are created the same. The biologic activity of propolis is dependent on various factors, including the place and climactic condition of its origin, and the type of plants, trees, and flowers where the bees take the “raw materials” to make propolis. Propolis from Croatia has been shown to have potent antioxidative and antimicrobial activity because of its high content of bioactive substances known as flavonoids.

4. PROPOLIS is not just another “Herbal Product”

Propolis is a bee product. And this makes it extra special— Bees are known for being one of the most hardworking, dedicated and expert workers in nature. Bees extract the substances they used to make propolis from various and many flowers, trees and plants to produce a rich mixture of bioactive substances. So with propolis, you get the multiple biologic properties of a number of flora expertly picked by the bees.

5. PROPOLIS offers multiple Health Benefits

One of the known properties of propolis is its ANTIMICROBIAL action, its ability to help fight various types of BACTERIA, FUNGI, and even VIRUSES. Propolis helps fight bacteria through various mechanisms, including its ability to disrupt the bacterial cell wall, inhibit bacterial cell division and impair bacterial movement. Some researchers also showed how propolis fights various viruses. Propolis can help block the entry of viruses into the cell and inhibit viral replication.

Another benefit that propolis is well known for is its ANTI-INFLAMMATORY property. Propolis has been demonstrated to act on various phases of inflammation by inhibiting chemicals in the body that mediate the inflammatory process. Owing to its anti-inflammatory activity, propolis SOOTHES PAIN and relieves irritation, such as that of an inflamed throat or mouth.

Propolis is also known to aid in WOUND-HEALING due to its ability to promote synthesis of collagen, the tissue cement substance. Propolis is said to induce a favorable environment that is conducive to speeding up the growth of new cells. A study has shown that propolis improved the outcomes of surgery involving the tonsils.

6. You can now conveniently find PROPOLIS preparations in many drugstores nationwide

Various propolis preparations are available in the Philippine market. If you’re looking for a natural remedy to soothe your inflamed throat and reduce oral cavity irritations, Oral Sprays with Propolis are widely available in drug stores nationwide.

Get to Know Xylitol: The Sugar Substitute with Protective Benefits

Xylitol is a sugar-like substance with a sweetness similar to that of table sugar. However, due to some differences in chemistry and the way the body metabolizes it, xylitol supplies 40% fewer calories than table sugar. This makes xylitol a suitable low-calorie sugar substitute that has been widely used since the 1930s.

Xylitol is naturally sourced from plants and trees

Xylitol derives its name from the Ancient Greek “xylon” meaning wood which points to its natural source. Current production of xylitol involves extraction from hardwoods, softwoods and even from agricultural products such as rice, corn and wheat.

Xylitol helps protect the mouth and nose from infections 

Xylitol is now being commonly added to a variety of dental applications such as chewing gums and toothpaste due to its protective actions against cavity-causing bacteria. A similar benefit is also seen when xylitol is used to irrigate the nasal passages, where it can play multiple roles in protecting against infections. Xylitol solutions can dilute the salts that have been negatively affecting the innate or natural antimicrobial substances of the nose. Xylitol also disrupts bacterial growth and metabolism, and prevents the formation of biofilms that bacteria use to shield against antibiotics.

Xylitol nasal rinses have been found helpful in treating patients with long-standing nasal and sinus infections 

Chronic rhinosinusitis is a long-standing inflammatory condition affecting the nose and sinuses. The condition is managed with antibiotics, steroids and nasal irrigations. Some studies show that the addition of xylitol with the irrigating solution may improve treatment outcomes. In two separate clinical trials published in 2011 and 2018, it was shown that nasal irrigations with xylitol have led to better resolution of symptoms compared with irrigations with plain salt water solutions.


Lin L, Tang X, Wei J, Dai F, Sun G. Xylitol nasal irrigation in the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis. Am J Otolaryngol.

Weissman JD, Fernandez F, Hwang PH. Xylitol nasal irrigation in the management of chronic rhinosinusitis: a pilot study.