BEE POLLEN - NATURE'S SUPERFOOD
The Chinese have used bee pollen medicinally for thousands of years. Records of its use show up in ancient Greece as far back as 2500 years ago - Hippocrates, often regarded as the 'father of modern medicine', prescribed bee pollen grains for healing. It is still used widely today, and has recently been deemed an official ‘medicine’ by the German Health Board, thus giving it further credibility.
What is bee pollen?
Bee pollen is a ball of pollen made by young bees when they land on a flower. It’s a mixture of pollen, saliva, and nectar or honey. Bees carry these balls back to the hive in sacs on their legs and store them in the hive’s honeycomb. The pollen then ferments into “bee bread,” which feeds a bee colony.
Beekeepers collect pollen from bees by keeping a thick comb in the entrance of their hives. When bees pass through it, it knocks the pollen off their legs into a collection bin below. It is not harmful to the bees in any way.
The benefits of bee pollen
Bee Pollen is the food of the young bee, and is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins (approximately 40% protein), free amino acids and vitamins, including the B-complex, and folic acid. Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight!
Bee pollen can be used medicinally for a wide range of conditions, from prostate health to skin conditions, and can help correct specific nutritional imbalances within the body. Some of its uses include:
- Enhancing Energy - The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energiser. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help energy levels all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.
- Skin Soother - Bee pollen is often used in topical products that aim to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and aid the regeneration of cells.
- Respiratory System - Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.
- Treating Allergies – Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies and respiratory conditions.
- Digestive System - In addition to healthful vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist the body in getting all the nutrients it needs from food.
- Immune System Booster - Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports the immune system. According to holistic health experts, bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses. It's also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.
- Supports the Cardiovascular System - Bee pollen contains large amounts of rutin; an antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen blood vessels, assists with circulatory problems, and corrects cholesterol levels. Its potent anti-clotting powers could help prevent heart attack and stroke.
- Prostate Aid - Men who suffer from benign prostate hyperplasia can find relief by using bee pollen. Bee pollen can help reduce inflammation to stop frequent urges to urinate.
- Infertility Problems - Bee pollen stimulates and restores ovarian function, and therefore may be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. As well as being a hormonal booster, it is also a great aphrodisiac! Enough said..
How to consume bee pollen
Bee pollen is available in pill, powder, or liquid form, however it's best to consume the actual granules that the bees make. The granules have a sweet taste and powdery texture that can be used in smoothies, sprinkled on oatmeal or yogurt, or combined with granola. Our raw honey with bee pollen makes a perfect ingredient for drizzling over breakfast cereals or adding to fruit smoothies and our superfood bee pollen granules work wonders when added to porridge, granola or just mixed with some fresh fruit!