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Allergy to propolis
Oral Propolis may cause allergic reactions in people allergic to pollen
Propolis or bee glue bee product that is used for centuries in folk, and in recent decades in conventional medicine as an adjuvant therapeutic agent (adjuvant). Chemical composition of propolis is known only recently and it essentially depends on its origin. Furthermore, we should always bear in mind in addition to potential benefits and possible, though rare, side effects that occur primarily in people prone to allergies. Propolis is a sticky tar-like substance that occurs in processing vegetable juices that bees collect from various plants, mainly poplars and evergreens. The term "propolis" comes from the Greek words PRO = before, in front, and the polis = city, which translates as "defense of the city" or "defender of the city." Thus, the beehive ("city bee") by protecting it from attack intruders, including infection. Bees produce propolis and use it to protect and create nature najsterilniji familiar space. Beyond its role as the seals (ie, close existing loopholes and cracks), repair and reinforce the overall structure of the hive, propolis is the role of the immune system in the hive by acting protuibakterijski, proturvirusno and antifungal. Chemical composition of propolis Propolis is mostly made up of sticky resin, which is usually contaminated with pollen, bee wax, dust and other materials, depending on climate, geographic location where beehives are located, dominant vegetation, as well as the presence of pollutants in the environment in this area. Precisely because of these reasons, the composition of propolis can vary greatly, so there are no standard dosage instructions, but should follow the instructions or the manufacturer of propolis propolisnog product you have purchased. Thus, although the propolis known for thousands of years, knowledge about its chemical composition, dating from before a few decades. It is complex and contains approximately: • 55% resins and balsams • 7.5% - 35% wax • 10% of volatile oil • 5% of pollen • 5% of fatty acids • 4.4% of various impurities (eg, pesticide residues, traces of pollution of the environment ...) • terpenes • tannic substances, secretions salivary glands of bees and "accidental" circuits. Propolis is rich in amino acids and has a high content of vitamins, including bioflavonoids (which have known antioxidant effects). Thus, the vitamin has vit.B1, B2, B6, C, E, nicotinic acid and pantothenic acid, and the following minerals: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, barium, boron (a trace), strontium, zinc, cadmium, silicon, lead, selenium (in tragovina), nickel, chromium, manganese, titanium, silver, copper, cobalt, molybdenum, vanadium. Precautions People with asthma should avoid propolis because the chemicals it contains can cause asthma attacks. Although it has not recorded any cases of cross-reactions, people who are allergic to bee propolis are advised to avoid the possible increased sensitivity to any bee product. Oral Propolis may cause allergic reactions in people allergic to pollen. Since propolis origin can be from anywhere in the world, it contains pollen that can be derived from various plants, not only from plants that grow in the area where I purchased the product. For this reason, people with allergies to any type of plant pollen must be cautious when taking propolis on the mouth. Side effects Propolis rarely causes side effects and they usually occur in people who are allergic to bee stings. So with these observed phenomena painful sensitivity of the oral cavity after oral administration, or a rash on the skin after local application of propolis. He also noted the occurrence of contact dermatitis rash among beekeepers and other persons who come into direct contact with propolis and products containing it. Interactions So far, made a small number of reliable studies on propolis, and possible interactions between him and the drugs, foods and other dietary components are not fully known. There were no interactions between drugs and propolis, as well as other herbal preparations, or food. High alcohol content in some propolis tinctures may cause vomiting if taken together with disulfiramom (Antabuse) or metronidazole (Flagyl). Furthermore, according to laboratory research, propolis may have additive effect when taken in conjunction with antimicrobial drugs. It is important to note that the composition of propolis and possible pollution as it can vary dramatically, even between series that are derived from the same hive. Pregnancy and lactation Since there is not enough information on the effect of propolis during pregnancy and lactation, propolis is not officially recommended in these situations. Pregnant women especially should avoid propolis tinctures because of its high alcohol content (15-90%).