Bee pollen benefits have been used for improving health and wellness since ancient times and were well known to the Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks!
For centuries bee pollen has been consumed by many cultures not only for its numerous therapeutic properties in treating disease but as a significant source of nourishment. It’s highly nutritious whole-food nature has earned it a ‘super-food’ status along with titles like “Food of the gods”.
Bee pollen is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet!
It is a highly concentrated package of all the essential nutritional components that you need to live!
Hippocrates (460 – 377 B.C.), the first physician to concentrate on preventing disease as well as treating it, wrote of the benefits of bee pollen. Western trained doctors in Europe have, over the last century, prescribed bee pollen to treat bacterial and viral infections, along with colds and flues (due to its antibiotic properties).
More recently, physicians and scientist’s world wide have begun taking a much closer look at bee pollen benefits in treating a wide range of medical conditions.
The known nutrient breakdown is thought to be something around 35% protein, 55% carbohydrates, 2% fatty acids and 3% minerals and vitamins, including concentrations of B-complex vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and E, plus beta carotene, selenium, and lecithin.
There may however still be many nutrients that so far remain scientifically undiscovered in bee pollen and these may bring about other properties and abilities in the future. Studies into the components of bee pollen therefore continue.
Pollen contains over 5,000 enzymes and co-enzymes, far more than is naturally present in any other food!
Bee pollen is denser in protein than any source from animals. This can provide a much safer source of protein without the worry of high intakes of saturated fats (not to mention the numerous established links between animal proteins and cancer).
Bee pollen is a concentrated source of the B vitamin complex – this provides energy. This is why bee pollen products are usually marketed as energy supplements or ‘energizers’.
The vitamin B complex, along with vitamins A, C, D, E, selenium, lecithin and powerful phytochemicals (carotenoids and bioflavonoids) make bee pollen a potent source of antioxidants.
The various therapeutic health benefits of bee pollen are believed to largely stem from the antioxidant and disease preventing/curing properties of bioflavonoids and carotenoids.
Bee pollen is similar to a number of unique medicinal herbs and herbal extracts in that it offers multiple health benefits which have been thoroughly documented over many years.
- weight loss / appetite suppressant
- stamina / endurance
- expulsion of toxins
- sexual function / impotence / infertility
- chronic fatigue
- immune system booster
- prostate diseases
- anti aging / longevity
Bee Pollen is a fantastic Superfood, but should NOT be consumed by anyone with an allergy to bee sting – however minor or any pregnant or nursing mothers.
For those new to bee pollen, it’s possible to experience minor GI irritation or a laxative effect due to it’s richness. A rare but possible reaction for those with a hidden bee allergy would be swelling, heart palpitations and difficulty breathing.
Suggested use: Start with ¼ of a tsp building up to 1 tbls . Bee pollen blends well in smoothies or other drinks, can even be eaten plain or sprinkled in granola.