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We weren’t familiar with Objective Wellness before they popped up while searching for epic immunity gummies, and we’re glad that they did. We couldn’t resist the minimal branding and the promise of an immune gummy with “bee glue”.
So while these contain a well-round variety of immune-supporting classics, we especially love the inclusion of Bee Propolis. Even though Vitamin C, Echinacea and Elderberry are tried and true staples in our immunity arsenal, the propolis really sets these apart in our mind.
Bee propolis is something you don’t see in many gummies! It’s actually pretty fascinating stuff. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s the gist. Basically: it’s a compound produced by bees that combines beeswax with the saps and resins from trees, pine needles, and other botanical sources. All of that is mixed together with some kind of Bee Alchemy.
Bees then use propolis to build and seal cracks in their hives, but it’s not just structural: it actually provides anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help keep their hives healthy.
Because of these properties, propolis has been used for thousands of years as medicine, both topically and orally. And there are a number of recent studies that indicate propolis can be topically effective in treating wounds1, and at least one study suggests that propolis’ immunomodulatory effects have “good bioavailability by the oral route.”2
Propolis is a little difficult to study clinically: every hive is going to make a slightly different formulation of their own propolis, because the types of trees and plants they’re collecting resins from vary geographically. Overall, though, the general theory is that propolis contains a ton of flavonoids (anti-oxidant molecules produced by plants).
Each serving of Objective’s Immune + Wellness has 100 mg of propolis extract. Since there aren’t really any standardized studies or dosage recommendations for propolis, it’s hard to say how effective this is. But propolis has a solid safety profile, and we believe there’s a lot of wisdom to learn from the bees.
Personally, we have used a propolis tincture topically and it had a resounding effect on our bodies. We were honestly blown away by it.
We do wish Objective had a higher-quality ingredient resume like organic and non-GMO, especially for the price point. And while the packaging and branding has a hip, independent aesthetic to it, it turns out they are owned by Clorox.
That said, these are pretty great. And the brand has lots of links to their science-backed research for all of their products. Maybe they’ll step up their game and source ethical ingredients, too, which would make these a total home run in our book.
- Barroso, P. R., Lopes-Rocha, R., Pereira, E. M., Marinho, S. A., de Miranda, J. L., Lima, N. L., & Verli, F. D. (2012). Effect of propolis on mast cells in wound healing. Inflammopharmacology, 20(5), 289–294. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10787-011-0105-5
- Chan, G. C., Cheung, K. W., & Sze, D. M. (2013). The immunomodulatory and anticancer properties of propolis. Clinical reviews in allergy & immunology, 44(3), 262–273. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12016-012-8322-2