How to choose quality propolis: basic rules
Using a variety of technologies, you can fake any product. Propolis is no exception. This article describes the signs of its authenticity and quality, which guarantee the content of substances valuable to the human body.
What a real quality propolis should look like
Below are the main criteria that you should pay attention to when buying.
First of all, it is necessary to pay attention to the color of the beekeeping product, purity and uniformity. Most often, it is sold in the form of a ball, so it is important to ask to cut the substance in order to evaluate its internal structure, which should not differ from the external. Its consistency should be almost uniform, a small admixture of crumbs and wax is allowed.Normal color is from light green-brown to yellow-green.
The natural product has a honey, spicy, persistent, tarry aroma that does not evaporate over time.
The substance must be chewed slowly and after 10–20 chewing movements it will heat up and begin to adhere to the teeth. After 5-10 minutes, a slight burning sensation should appear in the oral cavity, especially when swallowing. As well as slight numbness.
It tastes good, propolis is pleasant, with a small bitterness. After 30 minutes of chewing, it begins to disintegrate, and burning of the oral mucosa is greatly enhanced. Basically, the quality of a substance is determined by the rate of manifestation of bitterness and a sticky texture.
Important! To evaluate the organoleptic properties of propolis, a piece weighing at least 1 gram is needed.
You can buy bee products both in the market at the beekeeper and in the pharmacy.
Markets featuring a variety of beekeeping products are the most common option for purchasing a product. Most often, the process takes place in the form of trade fairs, where sellers are conscientious and value their reputation.
An ideal option is to buy from a trusted beekeeper who sells home, fresh, goods.
The pharmacy sells a purified and processed drug, which is already ready for use.Available in the form of:
Checking the quality of propolis at home
To check the quality of the product, it is immersed in water. The real one is drowning, if the main part is wax, it will stay afloat. Such an experiment can be carried out even with a small portion of the substance.
Did you know? Propolis contains painkillers 5 times stronger than novocaine.
It is important to choose propolis of proper quality, preferably confirmed by certificates. Indeed, only under such conditions will its use have the right effect on the human body.