Pollen from flowers, collected by bees, mixed with bee digestive enzymes
Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Bee pollen is one of nature's superfoods, rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants. It is an immune system builder and it enhances vitality.
It helps to counteract the action of toxins and brings relief to sufferers of allergies, including hay fever, as it reduces the histamine levels in the body. It helps alleviate nausea, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety by bringing the body into nutritional balance and well being.
Bee pollen is a great brain booster, lifting brain fatigue, improving alertness and helping concentration levels over an extended period of time. It also brings increased levels of energy and vitality, helping with athletic endurance, stamina, recovery and speed.
It does all this by literally being packed with goodness; it contains vitamin A, C, D, E, K and B complex, as well as lecithin, beta-carotene and selenium. It has 10 essential enzymes and co-enzymes and is a rich source of folic acid. It also increases blood pressure, hormone levels and it can improve sexual strength and stamina. Bee pollen also aids weight loss as the nutritionally balanced body rich in lecithin can recover from an unbalanced metabolism and burn energy at a cellular level more effectively.
Bee Pollen can be eaten raw or can be added to your favourite cereals, smoothies, yogurt or hot drink. There are no set dosages for Bee Pollen but 5-10g (1-2 teaspoons) is a recommended daily dose.
Folklore and History
Historically, Bee Pollen has been used in cultures around the world. In ancient Egypt, bee pollen was placed with the pharaohs in their tombs to nourish them in the afterlife. The Chinese have used bee pollen medicinally for thousands of years. Records of its use show up in ancient Greece as much as 2500 years ago - Hippocrates, often regarded as the 'father of modern medicine', prescribed bee pollen for healing. It shows up in Indian folklore as well, in both North and South America. Modern folklore also says that people with asthma or hay fever will suffer less during pollen season if they eat local honey containing the pollen to which they are allergic. By taking one teaspoon to one tablespoon of local honey or bee pollen a day, some people swear that they get through the season with little or no symptoms. Presumably, the pollen immunizes them. However, there has been no medical research to back up those claims.
It is rich in vitamins - especially B vitamins. It also contains beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene, selenium, and flavonoids. Then there are the trace minerals, and a rich mix of amino acids and enzymes. The basic composition of bee pollen is 55% carbohydrate (the energy-giving nutrient), 35% protein, 2% fatty acids and 3% vitamins and minerals.Most bee pollen supplements also contain related bee pollen components - propolis, royal jelly and globulinic acid.
Bee Pollen should be avoided by anyone with an allergy to honey or bees, medical attention should be sort immediately. Bee Pollen should also be avoided by diabetics.