FAQ for Trigona Itama Honey
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PPF stands for Propolis Plus Factor. It is a indication of the quality and quantity of propolis found within the honey. The composition of propolis varies from hive to hive, from district to district, and from season to season. Normally, it is dark brown in color, but it can be found in green, red, black, and white hues, depending on the sources of resin found in the particular hive area. Our Trigona Itama Honey contains quality green propolis, considered by some to be the best propolis in the world. Key benefits of green propolis includes:
1 – Immunomodulator: Propolis is also used preventively in order to strengthen the immune system, reducing the risk of acquiring some kind of illness related to a fall of the immune system. Several studies have shown success in the use of propolis for increasing immunity.
2 – Antioxidant: Besides polyphenols, propolis contains a wide range of other compounds with the property to remove excess free radicals in our body Several researchers attribute this to flavonoids antioxidative property (Marquele et al., 2005).
3 – Healing: A number of laboratory studies have concluded that the propolis accelerates the process of tissue repair as well as being an excellent antiseptic.
4 – Antimicrobial: Propolis has excellent antibacterial activity against Nocardia asteroides, Staphylococcus sp, Streptococcus sp, Rhodococcus equi, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa…. Gram positive bacteria are more sensitive to propolis extract than Gram negative.
5 – Anti-inflammatory: In experiments using guinea pigs was found that propolis extracts showed a comparable result to a standard drugs commonly used in the treatment of inflammatory diseases called Diclofenac (Khayyal et al., 1993). Some published studies have also suggested that propolis may inhibit the hyaluronidase enzyme responsible for many inflammatory processes.
6 – Antiviral: Several research and published studies have shown positive effects of propolis on some viruses, such as adenovirus, herpes, rotavirus and coronavirus. As the in vitro effect of propolis on other viruses such as herpes simplex types 1 and 2, acyclovir resistant mutant adenovirus type 2.
Propolis is a resin-like material from the buds of poplar and cone-bearing trees and is rarely available in its pure form. It is usually obtained from beehives and contains bee products. Bees collect pure propolis resin from plant surfaces knowing about its anti-infective and anti-fungal properties to help preserve the health of a hive.
Propolis harvested from beehives has been used by man as a natural medicine since the earliest times, even before man learned to write. Propolis has a long history of medicinal use, dating back to 350 B.C., the time of Aristotle. Greeks also used propolis for abscesses; Assyrians used it for healing wounds and tumors; and Egyptians used it for mummification.
Advances in modern science have now identified the many botanically-derived compounds within propolis including flavonoids, phenolic acids and their derivatives, which are medicinally beneficial to man due to their proven anti-bacterial properties.
Our Trigona Itama Honey PPF+5 contains 17 different amino acids, and is high in bioflavonoids, vitamins and essential minerals and is suitable for consumption on a regular day to day basis, while our Trigona Itama PPF +15 is more for consumption on a regulated basis as it has higher non-peroxide (anti-bacterial) activity. Our PPF +15 is well known as a traditional remedy for sore throats, coughs and cold!
For normal honey bees, they store their honey in cells made of bee wax, which is a flavourless and odourless substance. However stingless bees store their honey in tiny little pots constructed of pure propolis. The resins in the propolis then sips into the honey, making it highly anti-bacterial and also grants our Trigona Itama Honey its signature tangy sweet taste!
We recommend to consume our honey in the morning, after food.
For normal honey bee honey, low water content is necessary to prevent fermentation which would otherwise spoil the honey. Hence, many producers of honey will subject their honey to a process of dehumidification to remove excess moisture that would otherwise spoil the honey.
However due to the high antibacterial properties of our Trigona Itama honey (Due to high propolis content) , fermentation does not easily take place and hence dehumidification of the honey is not necessary, so you can enjoy our honey in its most natural state like the bees!
Please store in a cool dry place directly away from sunlight.
Only Children above 1 years old can take any form of honey.
Pediatricians recommend waiting until your baby is at least 12 months before introducing honey because it may contain spores of bacteria that can cause botulism. This doesn’t mean our honey supply is contaminated — these bacteria are harmless to adults and children over 1. But it can make babies, whose digestive and immune systems are less developed, seriously (and possibly fatally) sick.
For this reason, it’s best to avoid all honey for the first year — even jars that claim to have been pasteurized, since this process still can’t reliably remove all the bacteria.