Propolis Promotes Pregnancy

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Women's Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Ali with the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, has worked with propolis, the natural antimicrobial compound made by bees. Propolis is the resinous compound that bees make and use to seal their hives. It keeps their hive free from fungus, harmful bacteria, and viruses.

If a mouse or other animal makes its way into the hive, the bees quickly kill it by stinging it to death. Removing it from the hive is another matter. They obviously can’t carry it out so they encase or mummify it with propolis. This stops its decay and the formation of harmful bacteria and other pathogens that could destroy the hive. It is truly a miracle product, but for some unknown reason, very few people in the U.S. understand its worth or take advantage of its enormous benefits.

Dr. Ali recently tested the effects of propolis on 40 female patients with infertility associated with endometriosis. Each of the women was known to be infertile for the previous two years. Half the women were given 500 mg of propolis twice daily (for a total of 1,000 mg, or 1 gram, a day), and half were given a placebo. The patients were evaluated for nine months.

At the end of the nine-month period, 12 of the 20 women taking the propolis became pregnant, compared to only four in the placebo group. There were no reported side effects from the propolis.

Numerous studies have demonstrated various properties of propolis that might be responsible in helping infertility problems associated with endometriosis. Propolis is known to inhibit vascular endothelial growth and exert a strong anti-inflammatory effect.

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