Bee Pollen and Propolis: May Cure Psoriasis, Candida and Onychomycosis


Unless you believe that Candida infection can cause psoriasis you won’t find a lot of sense in this post.

As I already mentioned many times before yeast and fungal infection in the intestines may increase the intestinal permeability (thus increasing the endotoxin levels in the blood) or directly induce the immune reaction itself.

Those who have no allergies to the bee products may benefit greatly from taking bee pollen and propolis internally. As you will read below honey is not the best antifungal and it is really questionable if it is even worth to eat it especially in yeast or fungal infections.

 

There are no doubts for me about the fact that immune system (due to Autonomic Nervous System dysfunction) reacts to microorganisms living on the skin and those buried under the most upper layer of the skin and in the hair follicles.

Check out these photos of psoriasis before and after the topical application of iodine.

Summary

  • Honeybee products effective against the Candida infections
  • Propolis, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly and Honey – which one is the best antifungal?
  • Why I would avoid honey? Antifungal effects vs. Fructose content
  • It is not just the Oregano oil which is a potent natural antifungal

 

Propolis and Bee Pollen as antifungals

The study published in 2011 concluded that honey bee products as bee pollen and propolis “can help to control some fluconazole-resistant fungal strains.” [1]


Honeybee products (honey, royal jelly, pollen, and propolis) were evaluated for their ability to inhibit the growth of 40 yeast strains of Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, Candida krusei, and Trichosporon spp.

Fluconazole was selected as the antifungal control agent.

This study demonstrated that honeybee products, particularly propolis and pollen, can help to control some fluconazole-resistant fungal strains.
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The antifungal potency of honeybee products compared to fluconazole:

  • fluconazole: 0.02 – 96 μg/mL
  • propolis: 0.006 – 0.1 μg/mL
  • bee pollen: 0.002 – 0.25 μg/mL
  • royal jelly: 0.06 -1 μg/mL

The most powerful antifungal activities were possessed by propolis followed by bee pollen, royal jelly and honey.

It seems that the the most reliable antifungal bee product for internal use would be bee pollen because its price is significantly lower than that of propolis and both of them have comparable antifungal properties.

For honey to have any real application against the fungal infections the concentration needs to be very high (up to 80% volume/volume) so it would be probably better to stay off of this honeybee product considering the fact it has about 55% of fructose in it.

Honey as an antifungal?

The same group of researchers studied the effects of different samples of honey (different floral sources of honey) for their ability to inhibit the growth of 40 yeast strains (Candida albicans, Candida krusei, Candida glabrata and Trichosporon species).

The antifungal activity of honeys was tested “at different concentrations ranging from 1.25-80% (v/v). All of the yeast strains tested were inhibited by honeys in this study. Broth microdilution assay revealed that inhibition of growth depends on the type and concentration of honey as well as the test pathogen. Little or no antifungal activity was seen at honey concentrations <2%.” [2]

 

The fluconazole resistant strains were susceptible to high concentrations of honey – 80% (volume/volume) – which seems as a fairly poor result in order to have any significant clinical application.

The Rhododendron and multifloral honeys proved to be more antifungal than eucalyptus and orange honeys. [2]

Propolis

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