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Bee Superfoods

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I have been aware of the beneficial effect that Royal Jelly can have on acne for some time now, and took it for a while back when I was about 14. However, I had forgotten about it until reading some info in a nutrition book, 'You are what you eat', by Dr. Gillian McKeith, recommending it for acne treatments.

Here is the extract from her book:

The Bee by-products, essentially those substances produced by bees, have exceptional healing powers

Royal jelly

The Queen bee lives almost exclusively on royal jelly; and lives about 40 times longer than the rest of the bees. It's packed with a wonderful range of nutrients essential for boosting energy levels and combating stress.

Researchers have discovered royal jelly contains an antibiotic almost a quarter as active as penicillin, but without the side effects. They also found that royal jelly halts the growth of bacteria that causes spots and stomach bugs. I prescribe royal elly for patients wanting to conceive a baby. And boy has that been successful! It comes in liquid and capsules or royal jelly paste.

Propolis

When you see bees busy at work in your garden, this is what they're collecting. It's a sticky material from the buds and bark of mostly poplar and fir trees. the bees use it to coat the outside of the hive for sterilization. Any predator entering their domain is stung to death, and embalmed with propolis to prevent decay. Propolis prevents bacteria from multiplying in an organism, so can strenghten our immune system. Propolis also maintains and enhances the essential healthy bacteria. As a result, it is used to improve acne, skin ailments, cold sores, and even arthritis because of its anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities. you can get propolis lozenges and tablets, or in liquid form.

This sounds extremely interesting, to me. i am reluctant to try it at the moment due to insufficient finances! dry.gif But I was wondering if anyone else has any experience with either of these two 'bee superfoods' in treating acne and helping wound healing?

Here are some links I found discussing the products:

http://hometown.aol.com/BeeHealthy/propolis.htm

http://www.thenutritionreporter.com/bee_stuff.html

Here's a site I found that is selling it: http://www.apitherapy.biz/propolis/

And, to provide a bit of balance and to please BenKweller, ( wink.gif ) a negative discussion of them at Quackwatch! http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelate...cs/DSH/bee.html

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psst...I was trying to hold off on this for when I mentioned natural estrogens, but since you asked, Propolis is also antiinflammatory, anti-androgenic, and estrogenic! So if you aren't allergic to it and don't mind that it's an animal product, go for it! ;-)


These are not steps, but stages some people progress through when going from conventional to holistic medicine. Stage 2 is how I became 99%+ Clear, eliminated my dysmennorhea, significantly reduced my sebum & pore size, etc & is my predominant method.

Stage 1 (Treatment):

* (Daily) Isocare Skin Control Cleanser, Dream Products Customized Natural Face Lotion & Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen (mixed)

* (Sporadically) spot treat w/ anti-inflammatory (neosporin, hydrocortisone, salicylic acid) or a skin lightener (post-inflammatory pigmentation) to treat stubborn cystic/nodular acne that appears due to unknowingly or knowingly ingesting a food/ingredient that breaks me out (I do my best to avoid these foods). If you cover treated area w/ a bandaid, it makes product more effective.

Stage 2 (Prevention): "cheapest" method ~ Since Aug. 2002

* Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet for my Insulin Resistance/Hyperandrogenism (Silent Chronic Inflammatory Syndrome)

* Avoid ALL types of nuts and the Genus Prunus (almonds, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), Bananas, Pineapples, Cottonseed oil, Artificial Sweetners.

Stage 3 (Correction):

* Strengthen/Repair GI - Immune health

Research:

* Developing functional foods for those with acne & other special needs (assuming there's a defficiency).

* Developing good & "safe" formulas for various hormonal issues for women. Correction stage may resolve this for some.


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I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but propolis and royal jelly never worked for me at all. I did take high doses of both.

But that doesn't mean it won't work for others.......

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I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but propolis and royal jelly never worked for me at all.  I did take high doses of both. 

But that doesn't mean it won't work for others.......

LOL, yeah it does go that way huh. Prescriptions do or don't, supplements do or don't, and yes even diet does or doesn't. Our bodies decide which it prefers, not us =/

Anyway, Denise I was thinking about taking the L-glutamine to help heal my possible leaky gut. Think 3 - 5 years on 1800mg - 2400mg of Motrin/Ibuprofen usually with no food or milk would qualify me as a candidate? Hey those menstrual pains were horrible to me and in the end it was changing my diet that eliminated them...wish I knew that when I was 10. Anyway, I know that you have MSG sensitivity and I've been researching a bit and the two seem to different enough that L-glutamine wouldn't cause the same problems. Was this your experience?

Thanks


These are not steps, but stages some people progress through when going from conventional to holistic medicine. Stage 2 is how I became 99%+ Clear, eliminated my dysmennorhea, significantly reduced my sebum & pore size, etc & is my predominant method.

Stage 1 (Treatment):

* (Daily) Isocare Skin Control Cleanser, Dream Products Customized Natural Face Lotion & Coppertone Sport Spray Sunscreen (mixed)

* (Sporadically) spot treat w/ anti-inflammatory (neosporin, hydrocortisone, salicylic acid) or a skin lightener (post-inflammatory pigmentation) to treat stubborn cystic/nodular acne that appears due to unknowingly or knowingly ingesting a food/ingredient that breaks me out (I do my best to avoid these foods). If you cover treated area w/ a bandaid, it makes product more effective.

Stage 2 (Prevention): "cheapest" method ~ Since Aug. 2002

* Follow a Gluten-Free, Trans-Fat Free, Dairy-Free and No Added Sugar diet for my Insulin Resistance/Hyperandrogenism (Silent Chronic Inflammatory Syndrome)

* Avoid ALL types of nuts and the Genus Prunus (almonds, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), Bananas, Pineapples, Cottonseed oil, Artificial Sweetners.

Stage 3 (Correction):

* Strengthen/Repair GI - Immune health

Research:

* Developing functional foods for those with acne & other special needs (assuming there's a defficiency).

* Developing good & "safe" formulas for various hormonal issues for women. Correction stage may resolve this for some.


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Hi SweetJade: I didn't seem to have any problems at all with taking high doses of l-glutamine. But I also took it with aloe vera juice, which is very soothing to the intestinal tract and promotes healing of leaky gut syndrome also.

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Thanks for the replies, guys - I think I might try some propolis when I get my next pay cheque! cool.gif

Sweetjade - great minds think alike! wink.gif

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