What is bee pollen?
Pollen is collected from plants and then mixed with a secretion from bees’ salivary glands. This is brought to the bee hive where it is packed into the honeycomb cells. The surface is covered with a combination of honey and wax. This substance then ferments and is preserved by the resulting lactic acid.
Research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture concluded that bee pollen is the most nutritious food we can consume. It is the only natural food that contains almost all of the 22 building blocks from which the human body is composed. It contains eight essential amino acids, a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, several antioxidants and phyto-nutrients. It has more protein than any animal source and more amino acids than an equal weight of eggs or beef.
Some of the health benefits of bee pollen:
- reduces inflammation
- promotes the healing of liver damage caused by toxicity
- has antimicrobial and antiviral properties
- relieves menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms
- promotes healing
- helps to relieve stress
Bee pollen can be found in ground or granule form. It can be mixed with food. A few granules can be added to warm water or milk, fruit or vegetable juice for two to three hours to release their nutrients. As an alkaline food, bee pollen benefits and balances the overall pH of the body.
A safety concern is for those who have an allergy to flower pollen. Try just one granule at first. Gradually increase the portion up to one teaspoon and then one tablespoon per day. Although it might seem counterintuitive, bee products are used to help with allergies. The many tiny pollen particles contained in a granule, when ingested, actually help to desensitize your system to pollens. The benefits of bee pollen come from daily use in larger amounts. Experimentation will determine the best amount for each person.