Brazilian Propolis

Propolis is a substance naturally produced by honeybees. When bees fill their honeycomb, they collect pollen from plants and sap from tree leaves and bark. Combining this sap with enzymes from the bees’ saliva produces propolis, which they use to in the inner walls of their nests in order to prevent viruses and stop bacteria from forming. Propolis has a waxy appearance, is very sticky, and is a yellowish green to dark brown resin appearance. A natural anti-biotic, propolis may eliminate bacteria, virus and mold, and can enhance the human immune system. It has been used medicinally since 3000 B.C.

In modern times, propolis created by bees in the Sao Paulo region of Northeast Brazil is considered the best quality due to the excellent flavanoids (vegetable pigments) produced in the local eucalyptus trees. Flavanoids help regulate the immunity levels in the human body, and act as anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agents. Propolis has been used to lower blood pressure, prevent diabetes and treat allergies. Because of its many health benefits, propolis has recently experienced a boom in popularity.

On the forefront of this movement was pioneering Dr. Yasutaka Sakamoto. Noting the high quality of propolis made near Sao Paulo, he started his own bee farm, which today is home to over 3,000 beehives that produce 150 tons of honey, and 12,000 liters of propolis extract annually.

“Green Propolis” is the Registered Product Name of the Sakamoto Bee Farm. By running their own bee farm, they are able to insure consistent production and the strictest quality control. Sakamoto Bee Farm has also been on the forefront of market innovation, producing wax-free propolis and propolis spray, which is easier for kids to ingest.

June Bees is very excited to bring you Green Propolis, and proud to have been chosen as Sakamoto Bee Farm’s sole North American distributor.


Recently, when the reaching limits of western medical science have being pointed out,
expectation on oriental medical science and popular medical therapy increases. And propolis
– which has an old history in Europe as a traditional popular medicine, is receiving now strong interest.

Many bioactive substances from propolis have been discovered and reported.
We also have demonstrated the results of our research concerning the macrophage activity and bactericidal activity so far.

But this time, squeezing focus to the cell-killing effect, in result of repeating examination, we succeed to isolate Artepillin-C. In this substance, other than active macrophage activation and bactericidal action, we have verified a superior antitumor effect on each kind of cultured cancer cells and in transplanted tumor cells in a mouse.

The Artepillin-C prepared for this experience was obtained from an ethanolic extraction of brazilian propolis.