a good Propolis
Brazil’s Propolis contains more medicinal herbs
and five times more pollen and is 1.5 times stronger than
that harvested in the northern hemisphere.
of a good Propolis concentration:
A higher amount of Propolis (will taste bitter, spicy,
and has a strong bite)
2. A lower amount of wax residue.
3. A lower level of alcohol (the scent and taste of
alcohol should be very low.)
4. The Propolis origin should be from southeastern
region of Brazil.
5. Elements such as honey, sugar, and other will demonstrate
a higher reading or percentage in some measuring system.
6. Due to the popularity mass production has affect
quality and grade.
7. The curing time or aging process determines also
determines the concentration.
As to measuring Propolis concentration there is no industry
standard or government regulation.
In Brazil there is no uniformity in measuring the percentage
of Propolis in concentrations.
are three methods of reading:
1. Majority of manufacturers' state Propolis percentage
based on the gross amount of Propolis mixed into the
concentration. This is not an accurate measure of Propolis
concentration. Not all the brute Propolis gets dissolved
and the brute residue is filtered and disposed. Therefore,
the actual concentration of Propolis will be much less.
Quality and aging will also affect the net percentage
of Propolis. Under this method our Propolis
concentrate will exceed 85%.
are accurate reading systems:
2. The Brix meter is another measuring system. This
measures the refraction of liquids. The more solids
dissolved in liquids the higher the percentage reading.
The Alcohol alone measures 19% Brix, therefore, the
higher the concentration of alcohol the higher the Brix
percentage reading. Usually, the Brix percentage of
Propolis concentrate that is cured in cereal/organic
alcohol is 30% to 50% (Brix). A high percentage can
be easily achieved by adding honey or sugar in the solution.
We advise to use caution to those that than this range.
Our Propolis concentration ranges from 41% to
The w/v system determines the dissolved amount of Propolis
in the alcohol. This system is measured by evaporating
the liquids - water and alcohol from the Propolis concentration
then measuring the remaining solids. This process gives
an accurate reading of the amount of Propolis. Using
this system our Propolis exceeds 22% (w/v).