Article At A Glance:
Bee Propolis is a natural substance produced by Bees, made from the resin they collect from various trees.
Besides its use for bees to construct and repair their hives, also known as “Bee Glue”, this compound contains a range of therapeutic uses from its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and immunomodulatory properties.
One particular use for Bee Propolis is its ability to assist in alcohol-induced depression, but you may be asking, how is this even possible?
In this article, we’ll discuss how alcohol contributes to depression and the mechanisms of how Bee Propolis may help with it.
While we’re at it, we’ll also highlight some other key benefits, because I can assure you, it doesn’t just stop at depression.
Let’s dive in.
Alcohol and Depression
Inflammation is a response triggered by the immune system, and in the short-term, is extremely beneficial in fighting off infection and assisting with tissue repair.
Alcohol triggers this response through intestinal inflammation, and chronic alcohol can damage the integrity of our gut, leading to chronic activation of this inflammatory pathway (Bishehsari, 2017)
Chronic inflammation is generally not good, as it can lead to tissue and liver damage, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and neurocircuitry disruption that further leads to depression (Felger, 2019).
Of course, quitting booze would be a good first step towards stopping the inflammation (and any potential nutrient deficiencies that come with it) but what if we could use something like Bee Propolis to help us in the process?
Bee Propolis and Depression
As mentioned earlier, Alcohol can damage the integrity of our gut, which is measured in recent studies by an enzyme known as RhoA kinase.
When we have repeated exposure to alcohol, this enzyme is elevated, creating a downstream effect of intestinal injury, inflammation and brain-gut dysfunction (Elamin et al., 2014).
Other Benefits of Bee Propolis
Of course, the benefits of Bee Propolis don’t just stop at depression and contain many therapeutic plant compounds, vitamins and minerals attributed to positive health effects.
Due to the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of Bee Propolis, it may also exert some neuroprotective effects on the brain, and support the overall function of our immune system (Braakhuis, 2019).
These properties also lower free radicals in the body and may also improve blood flow, which may assist in the reduction of early-stage symptoms of various cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (Curin et al., 2006).
Where to Source Bee Propolis
Okay, so you’re sold on the benefits, but where do you get this stuff or what products do you buy?
Bee Propolis can come in the form of liquid or capsule, and this choice depends on what is most convenient for you. Liquids have a pleasant taste, so this can be a good starting point if you want something that is delicious too.
It’s best to also look for products that indicate a high concentration of bioflavonoids, this means the product is less refined and has more therapeutic properties.
This product ensures you get the highest active ingredients, trace nutrients, and better yet, use water extraction methods (most Propolis products use ethanol extraction!).
So, if you’re looking to give Bee Propolis a go, even just for overall health benefits, why not start now with a small 30ml bottle?
Until next time.
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Former drinker, Nutritionist, Biohacking enthusiast, self-experimenter, research fanatic, and self-taught writer, Stephen immerses himself deep into the literature of human optimisation and better understand the nature of addiction. His goal is to help people take control of their addiction, reset their cravings, unscramble their broken brain circuitry and use actionable strategies that work ten times better than anything else.