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What’s in HiveAlive Liquid?

HiveAlive is the only product to contain unique Irish seaweed extracts scientifically selected for honeybees

HiveAlive is the result of extensive research into the benefits of administration of seaweeds to bees.

The ingredients in HiveAlive have been specifically selected for honeybees.

These ingredients have been formulated in such as way as to preserve their natural bioactivity whilst also being safe for bees to consume.

All ingredients in HiveAlive and the manufacturing process are compliant with EU and FDA animal feed regulations. HiveAlive is suitable for organic beekeeping as per EU Council Regulation (EEC) 834/2007.

Seaweeds for healthy bees

HiveAlive is largely composed of a unique blend of scientifically selected Irish seaweed extracts called OceaShield.

Seaweeds are routinely fed in animal feeds to help reduce the need for antibiotics.

  • Increased production
  • Improved general health
  • Improved gut health
  • Enhanced immune function
  • Improved nutrition

The reason seaweeds are so beneficial is due to their anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, immune boosting properties and prebiotic activity as well as high levels of vitamins and minerals i,ii,iii,iv.

The benefits are not only seen in animals; research on seaweeds and their extracts on humans have shown significant benefits in digestive health and tackling diseases such as
diabetes, osteoporosis and cancers.v

Trials carried out on HiveAlive reveal the benefits of feeding seaweeds for honeybee health. A massive 89% increase in colony population was observed when colonies were fed HiveAlive activated syrup in autumn and spring. This was accompanied by a reduction in over winter

The seaweeds found in HiveAlive are harvested from the clean, pure waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the
coast of the west of Ireland. These seaweeds are then processed to carefully extract all the bioactives to ensure maximum efficacy.

Seaweeds as prebiotics

In recent years, the importance of gut bacteria has come to light.vii A healthy, balanced population of gut bacteria is key to ensuring digestive health, defence against pathogens of the gut, creating a strong intestinal barrier and it also contributes to the production of some vitamins. Diet plays a major role in maintaining the proper functioning of gut bacteria. A prebiotic is any ingredient that is able to change the gut bacteria/probiotics in a way that is beneficial to your health & wellbeing. Seaweeds are an excellent source of prebiotics and have been used in human nutrition for numerous years for a plethora of health benefits.

Learn more about the uses and benefits of seaweeds by clicking on the link below to read a review article on seaweeds.

Review Article on Seaweeds


HiveAlive contains thyme which is recognised as a key substance in the
fight against Nosema. We have developed a unique emulsification process
to ensure it blends easily into sugar syrup and does not cause
separation or re-crystallisation.

Lemongrass Oil

HiveAlive contains a precise amount of lemongrass in order to increase
attractiveness of syrup but does not contain enough to induce unwanted
robbing. Lemongrass also has a calming effect on bees.

Fleurence, J. (1999). Seaweed proteins: biochemical, nutritional aspects and potential uses. Trends in Food Science & Technology ii Kovač, D (2013) Algae in food and feed. Journal of the Institute of Food Technology in Novi Sad iii Løvstad Holdt & Stefan Kraan, Bioactive compounds in seaweed... iv Mayer, A., & Hamann, M. (2004). Marine Pharmacology in 2000: Marine compounds with antibacterial, anticoagulant, antifungal... v Brown et al (2014) Seaweed and human health. Nutrition Reviews.viCharistos, L, Parashos, N & Hatjina, F (2015) Long term effects of a food supplement HiveAlive™ on honey bee colony strength and Nosema ceranae spore counts, Journal of Apicultural Research.viiMarchesi JR, Adams DH, Fava F et al (2016) The gut microbiota and host health: a new clinical frontier. Gut. viiiO' Sullivan et al (2010) Prebiotics from Marine Macroalgae for Human and Animal Health Applications. Marine Drugs

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