Bee pollen can vary in colour, sometimes containing much darker pollen pieces, this is indicative of the different plants that the bees have collected the pollen from.
Pollen is extremely nutritious, and is the food of the young bee. It is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body. The bees forage for pollen in the plants, trees and shrubs that surround their hive; usually within a 2-3 mile radius, although they can venture much further afield than this if required. They bring the pollen back to the hive, where they hand it over to other worker bees, these, in turn, pack the pollen into cells with their heads. During collection and possibly packing, the pollen is mixed with nectar and bee salivary secretions. Bee pollen is the primary source of protein for the hive.
10 widely recognised health benefits of Bee Pollen (taken from organics.org)
- Energy Enhancer - enhances stamina and fights off fatigue.
- Skin soother - used in topical products to treat inflammatory conditions and skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema (aids the regeneration of cells)
- Respiratory System - contains high quantities of antioxidants that can have an anti-inflammatory effect on lung tissue preventing the onset of asthma.
- Treating Allergies - reduces the presence of histamine ameliorating many allergies. Dr Leo Conway MD of Denver Colorado did a study and claimed 94% of patients were completely free from allergy symptoms.
- Digestive System - contains enzymes that aid digestion.
- Immune System Booster - aids intestinal flora. Holistic health expert, Dr Joseph Mercola claims it has antibiotic-type properties that help protect the body from contracting viruses. It is also rich in antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals.
- Treats Addictions - it is used holistically for healing addictions and inhibiting cravings, including weight management.
- Supports the cardiovascular System. Contains large amounts of Rutin and antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen capillaries, blood vessels, assist with circulatory problems and corrects cholesterol levels. Its potent anti-clotting powers 'could' prevent heart attacks and strokes.
- Prostate Aid - men who suffer from benign prostate hyperplasia can find relief by using bee pollen. Can help reduce inflammation to stop urges to urinate.
- Infertility problems - stimulates and restores ovarian function, therefore may be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. In addition it is also a hormonal booster, therefore making it a great aphrodisiac!
You can eat bee pollen on its own, add it to your daily honey intake, sprinkle on cereal, sprinkle it on fruit, it is even available in capsule form; however you take it, the one thing you can be sure of is, it is good for you!
(a contraindication would be any allergies to bee stings or bee products; if you suffer from allergies it is always wise to consult a doctor first.)