Q. Dear Terry, “Some of my friends are wondering what the best remedies are for the herpes simplex 1 virus?”– John M., Johnson City, TN
A. Dear John, When it comes to viral infections, like the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1), I think propolis is an excellent choice. Propolis is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral so it is a great choice for supporting the immune system.
Propolis is made from the resins gathered from trees and other plants and then modified by the bees’ own enzymes as they process the material, mix it with beeswax, and make it into a protective antibacterial glue and sealant. Propolis was used as a medicinal ingredient in the ancient world, and continues to be intensively studied and recommended today.
Researchers at the University of Heidelberg evaluated the effects of a propolis extract (GH2002) against herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) and found that it reduced the formation of viral plaques (the areas of cell destruction) by 98%. The researchers analyzed compounds in propolis and found that galagin and chrysin showed antiviral activity separately. However, components found in the whole extract like caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, benzoic acid, and pinocembrin – showed stronger effects than the single constituents.
Make sure you use propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria, virus, and fungi fighting compounds. Look for a clinically studied propolis that is purified and contains no beeswax. For daily support, I would take propolis twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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