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Science Behind
New Zealand Propolis

Propolis from each country has a diverse range of compounds. Globally, there more than 180 different chemicals in propolis with floral type determining the composition for each country. As not all propolis is the same, scientists look at propolis from different regions to compare their properties.
New Zealand propolis has been widely researched due to unique New Zealand environment. 

New Zealand’s plants and trees are exposed to high ultraviolet concentration requiring them to produce elevated concentrations of bioactive compounds to protect themselves. Consequently, New Zealand CAPE-rich propolis has become of great interest to researchers.



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In summary New Zealand Propolis have been found to contain:

          + high concentrations of Phenolic Acids and Flavonoids


          + Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE),
             a key Phenolic compound intensively researched by the world’s medical and
             scientific community

          six flavonoids in the largest concentration of any propolis worldwide -
             our test results demonstrate at least  200mg per 1 ml of propolis liquid.


          CAPE and the six flavonoids working synergistically in  propolis matrix to
             elevate health  outcomes for users

Flavonoid Composition
Comparison of Propolis from different geographical areas

Flavanoid Composition of propolis in different countries - new zealand is superior

Source: S. Kumazawa et al. / Food Chemistry 84 (2004) 329–339

Testing results for flavonoid levels in propolis samples from different geographical locations demonstrated New Zealand propolis has the highest total level of 5 major flavonoids.

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So what are the health benefits of different compounds found in propolis?

Propolis Properties varies based on the location it originates in

(Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester)

Studies demonstrated
New Zealand propolis contains exceptionally high levels of beneficial flavonoids and phenol acids and esters in comparison to other countries.
In particular, caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) is found at high levels compared to other countries:


Source: Peng et al, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, 2006

Since 1988 numerous scientific papers have been published showing the health benefits of CAPE.

CAPE in Propolis is
more bioavailable

Professor Hiroshi Maruta
Professor Hiroshi Maruta Quote on CAPE in PROPOLIS

Professor Hiroshi Maruta


Benefits of CAPE
Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester

CAPE is a natural bioactive compound. It naturally occurs in some plants and can be acquired from propolis. Since 1988 numerous scientific papers have been published showing the health benefits of CAPE.
Researchers have shown CAPE to be one of the key compounds responsible for propolis’s health properties.


anti-inflammatory properties of propolis


anti-oxidant property of propolis


NEURO-PROTECTIVE property of propolis


CYTO-PROTECTIVE property of propolis


immuno modulating activities of propolis


Anti viral propolis



 Helena Health shows with its PRO-CAPE guarantee:


+ its propolis is 100% sourced from New Zealand


 + there is at least 30mg/10gm of CAPE alone plus
200mg of other flavonoids
per 1ml of propolis liquid


+  its propolis is sourced from a pristine environment clear of pollution

 New Zealand CAPE-rich Propolis a natural solution protecting against a wide range of critical health conditions


Research Articles on Propolis

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