Why Choose New Zealand Propolis?
Propolis potencies differ from country to country. Research shows New Zealand is particularly protective.
New Zealand propolis
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.
Why does propolis potency
differ across countries?
It’s all to do with how propolis is made.
To make propolis, bees collect natural resins from the trees and plants in their immediate environments. Different environments produce different trees and plants which, in turn, produce different natural resins. That’s why propolis from a specific country varies from propolis made elsewhere.
What makes New Zealand propolis so special?
New Zealand neighbours Antarctica, which means our country is adversely affected by the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer. In other countries, a healthy ozone layer offers native plantlife a natural layer of UV protection. Here in New Zealand, however, our plants receive relatively limited UV protection.
Over time, New Zealand plants and trees have learnt to protect themselves from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Much of our flora produces enzymes and compounds as natural UV protection. Our plants also produce similar compounds to repair cell damage.
Some believe the unique plant resins that go into New Zealand propolis make New Zealand propolis particularly powerful. In tests, New Zealand propolis has been found to contain extraordinary levels of bioflavonoids and caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), a bioactive compound with antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cytotoxic properties.
Known for its low availability though, CAPE in propolis works synergistically with the other lipids and bioflavonoids, that according to Professor Maruta* make CAPE 6 times more bioavailable in the matrix of New Zealand Propolis