Natural Answers Bee Propolis is a health supplement that contains bee propolis as the sole ingredient. Bee propolis is a type of sticky resin that honey bees use to repair and clean their hives, and like all bee-related products may have numerous health benefits. We take a look at this unusual supplement to find out more.
Natural Answers is a British supplement company based in Scotland. The company specialise in natural products for all types of purposes including general health, weight-loss and detox, sports, improving memory and more. According to their product information, all supplements are made in the UK and conform to good manufacturing practice.
If you are looking for a bee propolis supplement, you may feel that Natural Answers Bee Propolis is worth a try. It comes from a reputable looking company and is not expensive, so it may be a good choice. However, the claims about bee propolis are not strictly proven. Although this natural bee glue has been touted for numerous medical conditions and used by humans for thousands of years, as yet there is no real proof that it will convey all the health benefits claimed by alternative medicine. Time will tell whether bee propolis will work in the way as described, but with the low risk of side effects and cost effective price, you may find that this supplement is worth a try.
Natural Answers Bee Propolis is not expensive. It costs £9.99 for a bottle of 90 capsules (45 servings or 45 days supply).
The supplement is available direct from the Natural Answers website. Alternatively, you can buy it from Amazon UK for the same price.
Natural Answers Bee Propolis is a general health supplement that may suit you if you are looking for this ingredient in supplement form. It is made in the UK and is inexpensive to buy, so you might find that this offering from Natural Answers may be worth a try.
However, the claims about bee propolis are all a bit unproven. It is hard to find any real evidence that it works as well as claimed by its fans, and it is important to remember that most clinical testing has been carried out in the lab or via animal testing. Although there is undoubtedly more to bee glue than meets the eye, the serving size and the exact way that it works is unknown. Is 2000mg a serving the optimum size? We don’t know and neither does anyone else at this point.
In addition, most of the long term use of bee propolis has been carried out by using the raw material straight from the hive, rather than in extract form as here, so you have no guarantees that this supplement will reflect the long term historic use of this fascinating ingredient. Until we see actual evidence that this product works, we have to reject Natural Answers Bee Propolis.
Natural Answers Bee Propolis Review
Bee propolis, also sometimes called bee glue, is a substance that bees make by mixing their saliva with beeswax and resinous natural materials such as tree sap and buds. They use it for sealing gaps in the hive and also for cleaning up and keeping the hive clean. This is seen in situations such as when a small animal like a mouse gets into the hive and dies. The bees cannot remove it so will cover it in propolis to seal it removing the risk of contamination. Propolis seems to prevent parasites and disease from getting into the hive too.
All this makes bee propolis sound rather unappetising, but people have been using it for thousands years for a range of health purposes, such as skin complaints, burns and more.
Scientists have identified a component of propolis called Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE) a compound that may help reduce inflammation. It may help calm the symptoms of seasonal allergies such as hay fever, and it may help treat food poisoning. Testing on rats suggests that propolis may increase nitric oxide in the body and so reduce blood pressure. Some preliminary lab testing has suggested it may be helpful for cancer treatment.
How to Take Natural Answers Bee Propolis
Take two capsules per day. You are advised to drink the recommended 8 glasses (2 litres) of water a day whilst taking Natural Answers supplements.
Although bee propolis requires further clinical investigation, it seems fair to say that this natural bee product may have numerous health benefits. It is rich in essential oils, waxes and antioxidants and with many people believing in the various health boosting capabilities of this safe ingredient, you may find that taking this bee propolis supplement may help in a general health supportive way.
Bee propolis will not make you lose weight or make you perform well in the gym, but it may provide general support to health.
Natural Answers Bee Propolis Concerns:
- Will bee propolis in supplement form work in the same way as the natural product?
- If you are allergic to bee stings this supplement could be dangerous
- Is 2000mg an effective serving size? There is no real evidence that it is
Natural Answers are a British company based in Scotland who specialise in natural supplements in all types of niches including weight-loss, testosterone and sports. Natural Answers seem safe to buy from and do not appear to be running any dodgy payment schemes. However, although this bee propolis supplement looks safe, not all their product range is equally innocuous. We covered Natural Answers Raspberry Max in a previous review and found it was misleading and potentially dangerous to some users. It is important to remember that even though a supplement is derived from a natural product, it still may be dangerous to health.
What Does Natural Answers Bee Propolis Claim To Do?
The product information explains what this supplement is, but does not give any clues about what it is supposed to do.
Like its name suggests, Bee Propolis or “bee glue” is a natural substance collected and metabolised by honey bees from the sap of leaf buds and tree barks. Propolis contains tree resin, essential oils, waxes and bioflavanoids. Honey bees use this substance as a sealant for unwanted spaces in the hive and as a way to protect the hive against infections. Humans have used this sticky resin for centuries.
Disappointingly, there is no explanation, just what this sticky resin has been used for. That said, this is usual with some health supplements.
In general, the customer is supposed to do their own research before buying, and with the wide amount of information out there about the supposed benefits of bee propolis we can see people searching it out for its various properties, such as effects upon some types of cancer cells, allergies, stomach complaints and blood pressure. Some people take it for general health protection and immunity to colds and cold sores.
The supplement is marketed as part of the Natural Answers “Health and Wellbeing” range.
Does Natural Answers Bee Propolis Work?
The simple answer is that we don’t know and are not really qualified to pass an opinion. Most of the people promoting the use of bee propolis fall into the alternative health category and although the evidence sounds convincing, we have no idea whether it will actually work as claimed.
Some research has looked into the natural antibiotic properties of bee propolis and it may help treat infection without the use of conventional antibiotics to which people are becoming increasingly resistant. It may help support the immune system and it might have an effect upon blood pressure levels.
However, none of this is strictly proven. Throughout history, propolis has been used in its natural form and applied to the skin directly for burns and sores but whether it will have a beneficial effect when taken in capsule form is unknown.
What Are The Ingredients of Natural Answers Bee Propolis?
Each serving size is equal to two capsules.
- Bee Propolis 5:1 (2000mg): The serving size for taking bee propolis in supplement form has not been studied so you will have no idea whether this quantity is an active serving, is insufficient to work or whether it will do anything at all. Despite the wealth of information about the general benefits of bee propolis there are very few hard facts about serving size. It is important to point out here that the extract form is provided as 5:1 which means that for each unit of active ingredient you have five parts other ingredients. For example, if the solvent in a liquid extract makes up 80% of the extract, its removal concentrates the extract by a factor of five and makes a final herb to extract ratio of 5:1.
Does Natural Answers Bee Propolis Have Any Side Effects?
This supplement should be safe for most people. However, you should certainly avoid if you have any allergies to bee products or bee stings because it could be potentially very dangerous in these cases.
The good point is that customers have not mentioned side effects.
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Interactions with other medication are unknown and long-term safety and potential toxicology has not been studied.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Natural Answers Bee Propolis?
There are customer reviews for Natural Answers Bee Propolis. Many people seem to have taken this supplement for a range of issues and many seem pleased with results. However, when we decided to look at only verified purchases on Amazon UK and most reviews instantly disappeared suggesting some of these may have been fake.
Out of the rest of genuine reviews, this review said,
Pleased with this as a help to prevent cold sores and help immunity
One customer believed in the anti-cancer properties of bee propolis and has been taking it for this reason,
Been taking this for some time now, will probably make the second purchase soon.
She went on to list the anti-cancer benefits she found on Google,
Dr. Seema Patel of the Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics Research Center, San Diego State University conducted a comprehensive review of the literature on propolis and cancer. Dr. Patel found laboratory and animal studies supporting propolis efficacy against cancers of the: Brain, Pancreas, Head and neck, Kidney and bladder, Skin, Prostate, Breast, Colon, Liver, Blood…
Other comments include,
Great product very fast delivery thank you
Some customers have complained about the capsule serving size,
On this site it says 2000mg, but when you get it on the bottle it states 1000mg
Mis-sold. These capsules are 1000mg and not 2000mg as stated on the items post. I could have got this cheaper with free P&P elsewhere. I paid a little extra thinking I’d be getting 1 per day 2000mg capsules…
In fairness to Natural Answers, the company do not state that each capsule is equal to 2000mg. They say that each serving is equal to 2000mg, which is not the same thing.
Does Natural Answers Bee Propolis Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
Natural Answers do not offer a money-back guarantee on Bee Propolis. There is an advertised 28 days returns policy, which means you can return the unopened supplement for a full refund with this time frame.
However, you cannot get your money back if you do not like Natural Answers Bee Propolis after trying it.
Where Can I Buy Natural Answers Bee Propolis?
You can buy Natural Answers Bee Propolis direct from the Natural Answers website. It is also available via Amazon UK.
Natural Answers supplements are not available to customers outside the UK.