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by: Zehra Celepci published at: 20/01/2015 Print
Health from the Hive
What did the bee say to the flowers and trees? Hello honey and… propolis!
Yes, honey isn’t the only thing bees can make. Collected from the buds of certain trees, bees also produce a resinous material called ‘propolis’. Not only are these naturally nutritive substances useful for bees, they are also exceptionally beneficial for the health of humans.
Wealthy Health’s Propolis with Olive Leaf and Manuka Honey Liquid Spray

Imagine if a passenger airplane crashed in Australia every Wednesday, this is how many people (approx. 290 people) die from smoking every week (1). Ranging from gum disease through to cancer, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Australia (2).

Whilst quitting smoking remains the first line of choice for reducing the risk of disease (3), with this easy to use product and its magical ingredients, you may reduce your risk of developing certain cancers (4), as well as other benefits such as getting rid of bad breath (5)(6), particularly after a garlic containing meal!


‘Honey, I’m home!’

Aside from honey being a staple in Cleopatra’s beauty potion (7), honey has so many properties beneficial to human health, you won’t believe it! Just to give you a rough idea, the ancient Egyptians used honey as an ingredient in 500 of their medical treatments (7). So it really is one of the oldest traditional medicines used for the treatment of a variety of human health conditions (8).

Wealthy Health’s Propolis with Olive Leaf and Manuka Honey Liquid Spray contains specially chosen Manuka honey, which has shown to demonstrate antimicrobial activity against disease-causing bacteria making this honey a functional food with the potential for treating wounds or stomach ulcers 9.

Increasing numbers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria have made simple wounds become chronic and non-healing (10). Unlike certain medications, microbial resistance to honey has never been reported11, making honey an excellent alternative as a treatment options (10)

Cancer

Agents that have strong antioxidant properties may have the potential to prevent the development of cancer, as free radicals and oxidative stress play a significant role in inducing the formation of cancers (12). Honey contains these various kinds of phytochemicals (with high phenolic and flavonoid content), contributing to its high antioxidant activity (13)(14).

Wound/Burn Healing

Research has repeatedly demonstrated the ability of honey to support infected wound healing, burns, skin ulcers and inflammation (15)(16). Even during the ancient times, because of honey’s antibacterial properties, it was used in order to speed up the wound healing process (17)(18).

Weight Loss

This is one you probably haven’t heard before! A study has shown that the consumption of honey may cause mild reductions in body weight and fat (19).


Propolis

The word ‘propolis’ comes from the ancient Greeks, meaning an outer wall of a city (pro: before, polis: city), relating to its protective characteristics (20). Bees tend to use it to seal the openings of their hives, maintain and keep them free of harmful bacteria. Used in Russia as toothpaste, this health delicacy is well known to have antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (21). Since propolis on its own has a bitter taste, we’ve combined the sweetness of Manuka honey for its sweet and long list of benefits.

Haliotosis (bad breath)

When micro-organisms in the mouth are degraded, the result is haliotosis22.

Studies have shown that oral application of propolis reduces haliotosis5, 6 leaving you feeling fresh and smelling good!

Cold/Flu

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus23 Studies have shown that propolis may play a significant role in restraining the infectious activity of the influenza virus24.


Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaves themselves have been used as a remedy against various diseases (25)(26).

Research conducted at Australia's Southern Cross University (SCU) has identified the olive leaf as the most powerful, free radical-scavenging antioxidant of 55 medicinal herbs (27) with the major constituent of the olive leaves, oleuropein, shown to be a highly potent antioxidant (28)(29).

Olive leaves contain many bioactive compounds that may have:

  • Antimicrobial (killing microorganisms or suppressing their multiplication or growth
  • Antihypertensive (ability to reduce blood pressure)
  • Antiviral (destroying or inhibiting the growth and reproduction of viruses)
  • Anti-inflammatory (counteracting or suppressing inflammation)
  • Hypoglycemic (oral hypoglycemic drugs are generally used by type 2 diabetes patients)
  • Anticancer properties (28-36).

At Wealthy Health, we have combined these three natural and essential ingredients to enhance the protective effects of each, in an easy to use, pleasant tasting and aromatic spray. You may also be interested in our Particulate Matter (PM) Lung Support product which also contains anti-oxidants and plant sourced natural ingredients that protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, keeping you safeguarded inside and out!


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