Who would have thought that pollen collected by busy little bees would be one of the most nutritious foods we can eat?
Many years ago the Greeks and Romans referred to natural bee pollen as “the life giving dust” or the secret “ambrosia” eaten to acquire eternal youth.
In our modern times, scientists, gerontologists and nutritionists have rediscovered the benefits of bee pollen confirming the promotion of healing on many levels. Some nutritionists state that you could live adequately on bee pollen alone (not that I would want to, but an interesting thought!). Science shows that bee pollen has natural rejuvenating powers. It can aid in beauty (especially the skin), boosts of energy, extending your life span, the fight against allergies and the relief of digestive disorders. Bee pollen bursts with easily assimilated protein and lecithin, which nourish the brain and nervous system. Pollen is also thought to protect against radiation and to have anti-cancer qualities.
Side note: A cancer specialist, Ernesto Contreras, M.D, even comments, “To my knowledge, there is no better and more complete natural nutrient than honey bee pollen.”
On a personal note: I am eating a tablespoon of bee pollen as I write this!
So lets break down some of the benefits and look at them individually.
A natural occurrence with bee pollen is weight control. Bee pollen stimulates the metabolic processes as it speeds caloric burn by lighting and stoking the metabolic fires. When taken into your digestive system there is a speedy combustion which makes fats burn faster causing an increase in the rate of calories burned. Bee pollen is also know to speed the process of converting sugar into energy.
Lecithin is another component of bee pollen, a substance that helps dissolve and flush fat from the body. Lecithin supposedly speeds the rate at which calories are burned, aiding in the digestive process and assimilation of nutrients.
By boosting the value of each nutrient present in the food you eat, bee pollen also helps eliminates cravings. Its natural phenylalanine content acts as an appetite suppressant. Phenylalanine is a natural amino acid that the body requires. It acts on your appestat, the control center that signals fullness and hunger.
Mother Nature knows what she’s doing! You just simply won’t want to eat as much when you take bee pollen regularly.
When you are overweight, phenylalanine exerts a natural appetite suppressant effect. If on the other hand, you need to gain weight, the phenylalanine in bee pollen works in reverse. How cool is that?!
Cholesterol and Heart Disease:
Bee Pollen contains large amounts of Rutin; an antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen capillaries and blood vessels plus assisting with circulatory problems and correcting cholesterol levels. Its potent anti-clotting powers could help prevent heart attack and stroke.
As mentioned above, Bee pollen contains Lecithin which also protects against cholesterol and heart disease by lowering low-density lipoproteins (LDL) surer and faster than any other food while helping increase the helpful high-density lipoproteins (HDL).
Digestion and Circulation:
In addition to healthful vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat. Pollen self-digests and aids the digestion of other foods. It is known to be an accelerator of human growth and regulates the action of the intestinal functions, especially in cases of chronic constipation or diarrhea, which have been resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Addictions and Detoxification:
European physicians note that people with an alcohol problem, when treated with pollen, show great reduction in alcohol cravings because the bee pollen inhibits these cravings by suppressing impulses. It also has the ability to get rid of poisons and toxic materials from the body.
The British Sports Council recorded increases in strength of as high as 40% to 50% in those taking bee pollen regularly. Even more astounding, the British Royal Society has reported height increases in adults who take pollen. Antii Lananaki, coach of the Finnish track team that swept the Olympics in 1972, revealed, “Most of our athletes take pollen food supplements. Our studies show it significantly improves their performance. There have been no negative results since we have been supplying pollen to our athletes.”
Alex Woodly, then executive director of the prestigious Education Athletic Club in Philadelphia, said:
“Bee pollen works, and it works perfectly. Pollen allows super-stars to increase their strength and stamina up to 25 percent. This increase in strength and endurance may be the key to the secret regenerative power of bee pollen. Bee pollen causes a definite decrease in pulse rate. The whole beauty of bee pollen is that it’s as natural as you can get. No chemicals. No steroids.”
Renowned German naturalist Francis Huber was a great endorser of this miracle food from the hive. Huber called bee pollen “the greatest body builder on Earth.”
Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, eliminating many allergies. Dr. Leo Conway, M.D of Denver Colorado, reported that 94 percent of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with oral consumption of pollen. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems were cleared, confirming that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a wide range of respiratory diseases.
Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports and strengthens the immune system. According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, 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. Increasing the body’s healing power can help build resistance to disease. Bee pollen has been successfully used with allergies, asthma, chronic rheumatism, colitis, arteriosclerosis, insomnia, depression, failing memory, hay fever, to normalize intestinal activity, to lower cholesterol levels and stimulate appetite, lower high blood pressure, offset the effects of drugs and pollutants, anemic conditions and also attention deficit disorder.
The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energizer. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep your inner-engine revving all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.
It can be especially useful during:
- Pregnancy (please consult your doctor first)
- Lactation (please consult your doctor first)
- Intensive physical or mental work
- Times when maintaining high levels of energy are required to keep up with hectic schedules, deadlines or long hours
Pollen brings back vitality without the dangers of artificial stimulants and can be taken safely at any time. It is a natural product, very well tolerated by most people, and compatible with other therapies. Bee pollen is a powerful food supplement for children, growing teens, and adults of all ages.
Health for Seniors:
Pollen can be very effective with seniors who do not have the appetite to maintain a healthy diet. All minerals and enzymes in bee pollen are present in a highly digestible form. This is necessary for the digestion of many foods, the functioning of glands, organs and nerves, and the balancing of general metabolism, blood, lymph and aqueous systems. Pollen also contains active antibiotic substances which destroy bacteria. Bee pollen is useful in cases of stress and nervous endocrine system disorders due to its high content of natural B Vitamins. Bee pollen increases energy and mental alertness and is believed to slow down the aging process.
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.
Bee pollen stimulates and restores ovarian function, therefore may be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. As well as being a hormonal booster it is also a great aphrodisiac! Who would have guessed???
So there you have it!
Bee pollen is the only natural food that contains almost all of the 22 elements of which the human body is composed.
Today, more than ten thousand tons of bee pollen is consumed as food or medicine all over the world every year!
Everyone can benefit from taking Bee Pollen!
On a personal note: I have added bee pollen to my daily regime. I take a tablespoon a day, right out of the jar and down the hatch! I love the taste and the texture on it’s own, but if you prefer, you can add it to your smoothie, sprinkle it on yogurt or fruit, or find a way that suits you!
PLEASE NOTE: If you have never ingested bee pollen before, you need to start with a very small amount to make sure you are not intolerant/allergic to it. Being allergic to pollen or bee stings might indicate intolerance, so please be careful. Bee pollen is also an anticoagulant, so if you are on blood thinners please be warned. If in doubt, always consult with your doctor in regard to taking this highly beneficial natural remedy to make sure it is right for you.
The information in this post is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your health practitioner or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your health.