We have learned a lot about propolis and its healing properties. And as we already know, propolis collected from different sources or areas has different properties, some times far superior than the rest of them. One such type is the green Brazilian propolis.
Alecrim do Campo
Green Brazilian propolis, as the name suggests, is greenish in color. It is collected by Africanized honey bees in certain regions of Brazil from the young leaves of Baccharis Dracunculifolia (Alecrim do Campo) - known as the main botanical source of the green propolis. The Green Propolis extract is special and the most desirable type because it contains over seventy compounds and about 30 of them have been already patented to be used in medicine for health benefits. This type of propolis is richer in bioflavonoids and contains Artepillin C (phenolic acid). Artepillin C is known to possess a superior anti-tumor effect on cultured cancer cells and in transplanted tumor cells in a mouse.
Artepillin C Formula
Clinical studies have shown that propolis reduces the size of tumors and prevents the development of cancerous cells. It inhibits cancer cell growth by increasing the process of apoptosis (programmed cell death, the process our body uses to get rid of old, useless cells).
Green Brazilian propolis is widely used all over the world and especially appreciated in Japan, where it has been used in cancer treatment for more than 25 years. Given to patients who undergo chemotherapy, green propolis decreases the toxicity of the drugs and reduces the side effects associated with that, such as hair loss.
Actually Japanese scientists isolated and patented Artepillin C - the substance that actively fights tumor cells. Japanese refer to the green Brazilian propolis as the most efficient natural medicine ever discovered.
In my personal experience, I can tell you that taking green propolis supplements helped me to boost my immune system and stay healthy. And if the Artepillin C in propolis keeps the cancer away, than it is the best added bonus that I can benefit from.
The following abstract was published in Cancer Detection and Prevention 1998; 22(6):506-515
Apoptosis and Suppression of Tumor Growth by Artepillin C Extracted From Brazilian Propolis
Tetsuo Kimoto, M.D., Ph.D.,a Shigeyuki Arai, D.V.M., Ph.D.,a Michihiro Kohguchi, B.S., a Miho Aga, B.Pharm.,a Yutaka Nomura, B.S., a Mark J. Micallef, Ph.D.,a Masashi Kurimoto, M.S.,a and Keiichiro Mito, Ph.D.b
ABSTRACT: Artepillin C was extracted from Brazilian propolis. Artepillin C (3,5-diprenyl-4-hydroxycinnamic acid) has a molecular weight of 300.40 and possesses antibacterial activity. When artepillin C was applied to human and murine malignant tumor cells in vitro and in vivo, artepillin C exhibited a cytotoxic effect and the growth of tumor cells was clearly inhibited. The artepillin C was found to cause significant damage to solid tumor and leukemic cells by the MTT assay, DNA synthesis assay, and morphological observation in vitro. When xenografts of human tumor cells were transplanted into nude mice, the cytotoxic effects of artepillin C were most noticeable in carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Apoptosis, abortive mitosis, and massive necrosis combined were identified by histological observation after intratumor injection of 500 μg of artepillin C three times a week. In addition to suppression of tumor growth, there was an increase in the ratio of CD4/CD8 T cells, and in the total number of helper T cells. These findings indicate that artepillin C activates the immune system, and possesses direct antitumor activity.