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Propolis

Propolis

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 Propolis is used as a sealant for unwanted open spaces in the hive. Propolis is used for small gaps, while larger spaces are usually filled with beeswax. Its color varies depending on its botanical source, the most common being dark brown. Propolis is sticky at and above room temperature. At lower temperatures it becomes hard and very brittle.

Propolis is marketed by health food stores as a traditional medicine, and for its claimed beneficial effect on human health. Natural medicine practitioners use propolis for the relief of various conditions, including inflammations, viral diseases, ulcers, superficial burns or scalds. Propolis is also believed to promote heart health, strengthen the immune system and reduce the chances of cataracts. Old beekeepers[citation needed] recommend a piece of propolis kept in the mouth as a remedy for a sore throat. Propolis lozenges and tinctures can be bought in many countries. Though claims have been made for its use in treating allergies, propolis may cause severe allergic reactions if the user is sensitive to bees or bee products.

Depending upon its composition, propolis may show powerful local antibiotic and antifungal properties. Studies also indicate that propolis may be effective in treating skin burns.Propolis also exhibits immunomodulatory effects. Propolis is a subject of recent dentistry research, since there is some evidence that propolis may actively protect against caries and other forms of oral disease, due to its antimicrobial properties. Propolis can also be used to treat canker sores. Propolis' use in inhibiting tumorigenesis has been studied in mice in Japan. Propolis is used by certain music instrument makers to enhance the appearance of the wood grain. Propolis is used by some chewing gum manufacturers to make Propolis Gum.

 

Specification

Product name

Propolis powder

Propolis chunks (pure)

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Specifications

Specifications

Appearance

Dilute brow unformed powder

Black chunk with glossiness

Odor & Taste

Characteristic

Fragrance, bitter and pungent

Available propolis

70.0% Min

98.0% Min

Total Flavone (UV)

9.0% Min

15.0% Min

Particle size

80mesh (100% pass Min)

 

Loss on drying

3.0% Max

3.0% Max

Residue on ignition

5.0% Max

5.0% Max

Acid-insoluble ash content

3.0% Max

3.0% Max

Impurity

Negative

Negative

Lead

1ppm Max

2.0ppm Max

Ar

 

0.3ppm Max

Hg

 

0.3ppm Max

Total plate count

1000cfu/g Max

1000cfu/g Max

Mold & Yeast

200cfu/g Max

200cfu/g Max

E.Coli

30MPN/100g

30MPN/100g

Salmonella

Negative

Negative

 

Packing:        20kg/carton, 1kg/bag, hermeticaly packed in double plasic bag & ALU-PE bag, pasteboard carton.       

Storage:   Stored in a dry and cool place, keep away from strong light and heat.

Shelf life:  Two years when stored properly in a well-closed container.