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Doctors were treating a staph infection on my leg with prescription medication, but nothing seemed to contain it.

Q. Dear Terry, “Doctors were treating a staph infection on my leg with prescription medication, but nothing seemed to contain it. I listened to your radio show and heard you talking about propolis and how it can treat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. I started taking 100 mg to 200 mg daily. Within a week to 10 days my staph infection was healed. So can I stay on propolis every day to support my immune system and to prevent a recurrence of infection?” — Mark P., Houston, TX

A. Dear Mark, Propolis is very safe and can be taken on a daily basis. In fact, it is one of my favorite ingredients for strengthening the immune system.

The main compounds in propolis typically include polyphenols, vitamins (including vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and E), minerals (including magnesium, potassium, zinc, and calcium), enzymes, and antifungal and antibacterial flavonoids. Additionally, propolis also includes pinene and other essential oils occurring naturally in tree and plant resins.

With so many naturally-occurring compounds, it’s no wonder that propolis has such far-reaching effects in the body. Propolis has been studied for its antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and even anti-tumor effects.

I think one of the most important uses of propolis today is to fight “superbugs”, which includes the staph infection that you experienced. The over-prescription of antibiotics has led to dangerous bacterial resistance, creating a class of “superbugs” that synthetic antibiotics can’t stop, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Fortunately, there is a special propolis that has been shown to stop these “superbugs”.

Make sure you use propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria and virus fighting compounds. Look for a clinically studied propolis that is purified and contains no beeswax. For daily support, I would continue with 100 mg per day, and in times where advanced support is needed you could take 200 mg of propolis per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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