Beeswax

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The natural wax, beeswax, is produced by the female worker honeybees of the genus Apis. Beeswax is generally available as yellow, white, or bleached. Yellow beeswax is taken directly from the honeycomb, while white and bleached beeswax are derived from yellow beeswax.

Beeswax is used orally for the following:

  • Lowering lipids
  • As an anti-inflammatory
  • As an anti-ulcer
  • Diarrhea
  • Hiccups
  • Pain relief

In foods and beverages, white beeswax and beeswax absolute are used as stiffening agents. Yellow and white beeswax are used as thickeners, emulsifiers, and as stiffening agents in cosmetics. Beeswax absolute is used as a fragrance ingredient in soaps and perfumes.

Also known as:  Apis Mel, Apis Mellifica, Bleached Beeswax, Cera Alba, Cera de Abejas, Cera Flava, Cire d'Abeille, Cire d'Abeille Blanche, Cire d'Abeille Blanchie, Cire d'Abeille Jaune, Cire Blanche, Cire Jaune, White Beeswax, White Wax, Yellow Beeswax, Yellow Wax

Diseases and Conditions

There is not enough scientific research to assign an effectiveness rating to this supplement for the following:

  • Lowering lipids
  • As an anti-inflammatory
  • As an anti-ulcer
  • Diarrhea
  • Hiccups
  • Pain relief

Safety

Beeswax is likely safe when consumed through dietary sources. Beeswax has achieved a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status in the United States when used orally or topically as medicine. There is insufficient information on the overall safety of beeswax on children, pregnant, and breastfeeding women; best to avoid. Possible side effects include headaches, hypertension, itchiness, inflammation, and gastrointestinal upset.

Medication Interactions

There are no known medication interactions for beeswax.

Supplement and Food Interactions

There are no known supplement, herb, or food interactions for beeswax.

Dosage

The correct dosage of any supplement requires a comprehensive analysis of many factors including your age, sex, health conditions, DNA, and lifestyle.

When taken orally by adults for gastric disorders caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, 40 mg or 100 mg of D-002 (a form of beeswax) has been taken twice per day for 14 days during mealtimes. This dose is taken about 30 minutes prior to taking piroxicam.

Foods

Beeswax is sometimes added to food as a thickener or stiffener.

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References

  1. https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=305
  2. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002760.htm

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