Health

Date : 09.05.2017

Can you imagine a land full of outstanding natural gifts, but with no bees? One single bee may not make a change, but entire bee colonies have been a priceless power of life for more than 45 million years, turning golden sun rays, blooming meadows and diverse forest plants into treasures, carefully storing them in their beehives for our delight.

At Medex, established in 1954, we have always appreciated the hardworking bees, and kept and enriched the beekeepers tradition of collecting bee products and other gifts of nature. We are proud to be able to work with more than 2000 Slovenian beekeepers, and to deliver their produce to your home in their natural and safe form.

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ROYAL JELLY

Royal jelly - the most precious gift from the beehive - is a naturally balanced and rich complex of nutrients that:

• boosts your immunity and prevents your body from breakdown,
• helps restore your immune system when it is over burdened, after surgeries or in other demanding mental and physical situations.

Royal jelly is secreted by the glands of nurse bees, who feed it to the queen bee all her life. The queen bee genetically equals other bees. But feeding her exclusively royal jelly makes her grow twice the size of other bees and outlive 15 generations of bees.The queen bee is the only sexually mature bee and is responsible for the survival of the species, laying up to 3000 eggs per day, with the weight of the total eggs outweighing her.

The most important component of royal jelly is unsaturated fatty acid 10 HDA (10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid) found exclusively in royal jelly. Due to its complex structure, it cannot be reproduced in a laboratory. The uniqueness of royal jelly in the bee world is exactly in the 10 HDA, which is an important criterion of its quality. 
 

PROPOLIS

Propolis has helped bees to thrive as a species for more than 45 million years. The word propolis comes from Greek »pro polis« meaning to defend a city from the enemy. Bees use it as a sealant to fix and coat the combs and inner walls of the hive, preventing the penetration of humidity and wind. It is also a disinfectant, used by the bees to protect the hive from microbes. It works as a »natural antibiotic« enabling healthy development of the bee colony.

Propolis is composed of plant resins from tree buds that are gathered by bees. A bee enriches the collected resins with gland secretions, which are rich in ferments and carries this mixture in pollen baskets to the hive. Other bees in the hive add wax to this mixture, thus making it sticky.

The main healing substances in propolis are bioflavonoids – plant pigments that protect plants from microorganisms.The content of bioflavonoids determines the quality of propolis; therefore Medex has standardized these contents and guaranteed the quality of products.
 

HONEY

Honey is a sweet gift of nature created by bees from flower nectar (nectar honey) or from the secretions of insects which appear on trees in the form of a sticky fluid (honey dew).

The chemical composition of honey makes it easier to digest than regular sugar, and its metabolism does not stimulate insulin secretion to the same degree as does sugar. Besides sugars, honey contains proteins, vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, enzymes and antioxidants, which make honey not just an excellent sweetener but also a very important ingredient in many high-quality health and beauty products.

The favorable effects of raw honey as a natural medicine for a wide variety of ailments are well known in folk medicine and are beginning to be documented in the modern scientific literature. Common indications for oral ingestion of honey include: insomnia, anorexia, stomach and intestinal ulcers, constipation, osteoporosis, and laryngitis. Research has confirmed honey’s ability to act as a broad-spectrum antibiotic, as well as its antifungal and antiviral properties.

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POLLEN

Pollen is a natural bee product and is treated with special attention by beeproduct lovers. Bees pick pollen or bee bread at the stamens of blooming flowers. They moisturize the pollen with their saliva, nectar, or with honey from their honey stomach; it is rolled into little clods and wrapped for protection.

Pollen is a natural source of protein, amino acids and carbohydrates, and therefore called a natural stimulant. It contributes to a stronger immune system, increases life power, and stimulates physical activity. It improves mood and cerebral circulation, regulates digestive system, helps cure anaemia and prostate diseases, and contributes to faster regeneration after acute prostatitis. It has rejuvenating effects on skin due to vitamins, minerals, and high content of nucleic acids that are well absorbed into skin.

Among proteins, pollen contains many free amino acids (precisely 20 out of 22 natural amino acids), including eight which are essential for human beings. It is commonly known that 100 g of pollen contain as much protein as 500 g of beef or seven eggs. Two tablespoons of pollen (30 g) provide a daily allowance of essential proteins for adults.

BEE VENOM

Bee venom is a clear, odorless, watery liquid produced by two glands associated with the sting apparatus of worker bees.

It has been used as a healing agent since prehistoric times. Galen of Pergamon and Paracelsus made numerous skin preparations from bee venom. At least 18 pharmacologically active components of bee venom have been described, including various enzymes, peptides and amines. Bee venom therapy uses the stings of live bees to relieve pain and muscle weakness.
 

BEESWAX

Young bees in the hive in their third week of life, take part in the construction of the hive by secreting small wax platelets. These are scraped off by the bee, chewed and masticated into pliable pieces with the addition of saliva and a variety of enzymes. Once chewed, attached to the comb and re-chewed several times, they finally form part of this architectural masterpiece, a comb of hexagonal cells, a 20 g structure which can support 1000 g of honey.

Wax is used to cap the ripened honey and when mixed with some propolis, also protects the brood from infections and desiccation. Pure beeswax from Apis mellifera consists of at least 284 different compounds.

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