The Super Healing Benefits of Bee Pollen

benefits of bee pollen

There is no doubt that bee pollen is a wonderful superfood which is becoming more and more essential in today’s world, where our processed, sugary diets lack so much important nutrition.

The benefits of bee pollen are varied and numerous, ranging from anti-cancer effects, to weight loss, to protecting against the effects of radiation.

What is exactly is bee pollen?

Within a bee hive, bee pollen is the food of the young bees, collected by the workers when they’re out visiting flowers. The worker bees become covered in pollen when landing on the flowers, brushing the pollen grains into the ‘baskets’ on their legs, so they can carry it back to the hive. It’s the concave shape of the bee’s pollen basket which gradually forms the grains into the small pellet shape that we’re familiar with in supplements.

Each pellet of bee pollen contains over 2 million pollen grains, while one teaspoon of pellets contains over 2.5 billion grains!  And just that one teaspoon of pellets takes 1 bee an entire month to collect!!

It is truly precious stuff.

So what are the benefits of bee pollen?

Bee pollen is an extremely nourishing superfood, containing virtually all the nutrients which humans require for good health.  Each individual pellet consists of 40% protein, half of which is free amino acids readily available to the human body.  When compared by weight, it is a richer source of amino acids than cheese, eggs or beef.

The pollen contains various enzymes, minerals, trace elements (such as iron), as well as fats and vitamins – including vitamin E and the B complex.

It also contains something called rutin, which is a polyphenol.  Rutin is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with important effects on the vascular system.

What is truly unique about bee pollen is that it cannot be manufactured in the lab.  Even replicating the main bulk of the ingredients together simply doesn’t have the same beneficial effects as the real thing.

This is because bee pollen also contains several unidentified components that the bees themselves are thought to add when handling the pollen.  This makes it very special indeed.

So let’s take a look at some of the benefits of bee pollen and just how healing it is:

  • Anti-cancer effects – A study on mice conducted over 5 decades ago showed that bee pollen helped to slow the development of cancer in the subjects.  Another study on women with uterine cancer who were undergoing chemotherapy, showed a lessening of the side effects caused by their treatment. They experienced reduced sickness, insomnia, hair loss and dampening of their immune system.
  • Cholesterol regulating – Reports suggest that bee pollen is fab for normalizing cholesterol levels, both increasing the good HDL cholesterol and decreasing the bad LDL cholesterol at the same time.
  • Weight control – Bee pollen is great at firing up the metabolism, so it burns calories at a faster rate.  It also contains phenylalanine, an amino acid that naturally suppresses the appetite.  Bee pollen itself is also a low-calorie food.
  • Antibiotic effect – Studies have shown that bee pollen has an antibiotic effect against salmonella and some other bacterial strains.
  • Improved fertility – Other studies have demonstrated that bee pollen stimulates ovulation and also the ability of eggs to survive the incubation period.
  • Hay fever treatment and allergy prevention – Bee pollen acts similarly to a vaccination in terms of treating hay fever.  A small amount of bee pollen introduced to the system regularly over a period of time, helps to reduce the body’s allergic response.  This is a form of desensitisation.  Other studies showed amazing effects on allergy-related conditions such as asthma, migraines and sinusitis.

Does harvesting bee pollen harm the bees?

Thankfully not!  Bee pollen is the food of young bees and is essential for their survival. Fortunately bee keepers are careful to only harvest what pollen they need and leave the majority for the bees themselves to use.  This means we can enjoy the benefits of bee pollen without any detrimental effects.

How do I take bee pollen?

A good dosage to take is a 1-2 heaped teaspoons a day. (If you’re taking the pollen in capsule form, then follow the dosage on the bottle.)

Bee pollen can be taken at breakfast time with yoghurt and cereal, or eaten as a morning snack, or added to home-made juices and smoothies.

Which bee pollen should I buy?

In the UK a great bee pollen product to get started with is ‘Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Bee Pollen‘ sold in 500g packs. This is an organic bee pollen, certified by the Soil Association so it’s reliably sourced from bees on land that has not been chemically-treated.

For US customers a fab organic bee product is ‘Dr. Danielle’s Bee Well Capsules‘ which, along with bee pollen, also contain beneficial Royal Jelly and propolis.

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