With its many years of profound industrial and academic experience in the production of apiculture products, SBS Scientific Bio Solutions Inc, produces BEE’O branded propolis, royal jelly, pollen and honey products based on its contracted beekeeping business model.
The appropriate processing methods that allow us to preserve the natural biological activity levels of BEEO branded bee products have been discovered as a result of rigorous scientific research studies carried by our company. These studies confirmed the ability of BEEO bee products to preserve their natural biological activity levels.
With the “contracted beekeeping business model” we aim to achieve forward and backward traceability, which is one of the basic principles of food safety. This way, with our motto of “FROM THE HIVE TO THE DINNER TABLE”, we can offer our customers natural and safe be products that maintain their biological activity.
Propolis is a resin-like material that the bees collected from the leaves, stems and buds of the plants and is quite rich in antioxidant content. Bees use propolis as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent to keep the hive sterile and to protect the health of the bee colony. Propolis is found to contain over 300 different compounds such as polyphenols, terpenoids, amino acids, volatile organic acids, ketones, coumarin, quinones, vitamins and minerals to name a few. The biological structure of propolis depends on the plant species it was collected from, how it was collected and used by the bee, how it was processed by the beekeeper and the methods used to make it suitable for human consumption. Propolis is not consumed in the form it is originally produced in the hive. It has to be processed in order to make it suitable for human consumption so that our body can benefit from it. The processing methods used are extremely important. Inappropriate processing methods may result in propolis, an otherwise very nutritious food, to loose its biological activity and nutritious properties totally. Thus, propolis must be processed by experts using appropriate infrastructure, knowledge and technical resources before it can be offered for use by humans.
Royal jelly is a nutritious honeybee product that is secreted from the glands in the hypopharnyx of worker bees that consume plenty of pollens and honey. Worker bees use royal jelly to feed the queen bee and the larvae. It is used as it is secreted and wouldn’t be stored. The larva, which is targeted as the queen bee candidate, would be fed with 25 times more royal jelly compared to a regular worker bee larvae. In commercial royal jelly production, queen bee cells are placed in the hives in a frame and larvae are transferred so that the worker bees can feed the queen bee larvae inside the queen bee cells with royal jelly. The larvae will not consume all of the royal jelly secreted by the young worker bees into the cell and as a result royal jelly would accumulate inside the cell. When the royal jelly amount in the cells reaches their maximum levels, the queen bee cells would be taken out from the hive after which the larvae would be taken out and the royal jelly would be collected. This is usually the method used in commercial royal jelly production. Due to high amounts of royal jelly consumed, the weight of the queen bee would increase 1300 folds in 6 days.
Pollens are the sperm cells located on the stigma of the pistil of plants. Pollens are used in large amounts in feeding of the larvae and in the nutrition of young worker bees that secrete royal jelly. As a major source of protein in the nutrition of bees, is a valuable source of nutrition due to its fat, carbohydrate, fiber, mineral, amino acid, phenolic compounds and vitamin content.
Pollen is a structurally rich substance and contains, in addition to protein, carbohydrate, fibers and oils; vitamins (niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Phantothenic acid (B5), folic acid, biotin (H), tocopherol (E), ascorbic acid (C), beta-carotene), minerals (potassium (K), calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), Zinc (Mg), Iron (Fe), Copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), phosphor (P), phenolic compounds, amino acids, fatty acids and organic acids which have antioxidant properties.
Honey is a natural source of nutrition that the bees produce from plant nectars and their own secretions. Bees modify this mixture and lower its water content and store it in the honeycomb until it saturates. Bees have been producing honey for the last 20 million years. Honey falls into two categories, namely flower honey or secretion honey depending on its source. The content of honey varies depending on the plant it comes from. Honey contains, in addition to carbohydrates and water, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, organic acids, amino acids, phenolic substances and flavonoids. To produce 1 kg honey, a bee colony needs to consume 8 kg of honey and fly a distance equivalent to the 6 times the periphery of earth.