- Plays a part in almost all the body's cellular and enzymatic processes.
- Has antioxidant and anti-free radical action.
- Is an essential component of over 80 enzymes.
This supplement contains red propolis, a rare substance with an exceptionally rich nutritional content that’s harvested from the mangroves of Brazil. It has the highest level of antioxidant phenolic compounds of all the forms of propolis and is the most effective at supporting immune function.
Its extraordinary pharmacological potential (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant) exceeds that of green propolis, which is itself a remarkable, highly-valued product (1). It contains more isoflavones which significantly improve menopause-related symptoms.
As confirmed by scientists some decades ago, the use of propolis dates back several thousand years. More recently, researchers have discovered that it has an astonishing number of additional biological and therapeutic properties useful in everyday life (2-4). We now know that propolis plays a part in:
These remarkable properties mean that red propolis can fight infection of all kinds (ENT problems, sore throats, rhinopharyngitis, sinusitis), reduce their duration, and increase the effects of conventional treatments against fungal problems and bacteria (10-11).
Other studies have shown that some of its components help stem DNA synthesis in abnormal cells, increase levels of glutathione (an endogenous antioxidant), curb lipid peroxidation, reduce oxidative stress, decrease the toxic effects on the liver caused by alcohol and certain drugs, and lessen menopause-related symptoms.
Several studies have demonstrated that red propolis is the most effective variety in terms of antioxidant potency (12). It contains more than 300 beneficial micronutrients (13):
Propolis is a sealant used by bees for strengthening the hive interior, making it more air- and water-tight and better-able to resist microbial and fungal attack. The bees make it from anti-pathogenic resins (18-19) gathered from tree buds and bark, which they mix with wax and saliva. The propolis is then collected by beekeepers by scratching the ‘frames’ of the beehive, after which the wax and impurities are removed. The final product is a complex concentrate of phytonutrients from the tree buds and micronutrients from the bees.
In Europe, bees make propolis from poplar trees or conifers. In Brazil, however, where ecosystems are infinitely richer, there are around 13 types of propolis which vary depending on the plant source used by the bees. They include red propolis, recognised as the variety containing the most antioxidant phytonutrients and demonstrating the highest antioxidant activity(20). It gets its red colour from a unique flavonol pigment called retusapurpurine (21).
It is produced from a climbing tree with vine-like branches: Dalbergia ecastophyllum (22-24) which grows in the mangroves (swampy tropical forests) of northern Brazil. In this extraordinary environment, far from intensive farming, the bees collect a bright red, resinous exudate, which is associated with the presence of a local parasite.
Green propolis is produced by bees in southern Brazil from a completely different species called Baccharis dracunculifolia (25).
Red Propolis is an exceptional, natural and very rare product (annual production in Brazil is estimated to be just 1-2 tons), the manufacture of which relies on high-quality French extraction facilities.
It’s a good idea to also take the following steps throughout your supplementation with red propolis capsules, for increased benefits:
For synergistic effects, its possible to combine Red Propolis with other supplements available to buy at Supersmart, such as those of barberry extract, a powerful anti-bacterial which also helps lower blood sugar levels, zinc orotate, which has well-documented preventive effects against the common cold, vitamin C, invaluable in winter for boosting white cell numbers, and a medicinal mushroom complex enriched with ginseng and selenium.
Royal jelly, standardised in 10-HDA, is also a good option for boosting the immune defences, ideally at each change in season.
Note: Red propolis is not recommended for those with allergies to beehive products.
Buy Red Propolis capsules to support the immune system.
|Daily dose: 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Amount per dose|
|Extract standardised to 20% red propolis and 7% flavonoids||800 mg|
|Other ingredients: maltodextrin, acacia gum, white rice bran.|
Zinc, a major mineral, plays a part in almost all the body's cellular and enzymatic processes. Its bioavailability and digestive assimilation increases significantly when bound to orotic acid. An essential component of over 80 enzymes, it plays a role in all metabolism and has a specific antioxidant, anti-free radical action.
Zinc orotate can be used in the following conditions:
|Daily serving: 2 capsules
Number of servings per bottle: 30
|Quantity per serving|
|Zinc (from 100 mg of Zinc orotate)||29,4 mg|
|Other ingredients: Acacia gum, rice bran.|
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