How This Nourishes Your Body
What is Bee Pollen?
I am always looking for news superfoods to add to my meals and smoothies. I recently came across Bee pollen and have been hooked! I love adding 1tsp to my smoothies each morning and my skin, energy, and immune system have never been better. Now I am not saying it is all the bee pollen;) BUT it is quite the interesting food. Check it out!
Bee pollen is the food of the young bee. 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. Pollen is considered an energy and nutritive tonic in Chinese medicine. Pollen is also thought to protect against radiation and to have anti-cancer qualities.
Nutrient Profile of Bee Pollen
“Researchers have demonstrated that there is a substance in bee pollen that inhibits the development of numerous harmful bacteria. Experiments have shown bee pollen contains an antibiotic factor effective against salmonella and some strains of bacteria.
• A rich source of carotenoids (which convert to vitamin A)
• Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sulphur and 59 other trace minerals
• 22 amino acids, which contain five to seven times the amino acids found in equal weights of beef, milk, eggs or cheese
• Enzymes including amylase, catalase, cozymase, cytochrome, dehydrogenase, diaphorase, diastase, lactic acids, pectase and phosphatase
According to researchers at the Institute of Apiculture, Taranov, Russia:
“Honeybee pollen is the richest source of vitamins found in Nature in a single food. Even if bee pollen had none of its other vital ingredients, its content of rutin alone would justify taking at least a teaspoon daily, if for no other reason than strengthening the capillaries. Pollen is extremely rich in rutin and may have the highest content of any source, plus it provides a high content of the nucleics RNA [ribonucleic acid] and DNA [deoxyribonucleic acid].”
Superfood Benefits and Reasons to Eat
Pollen stimulates ovarian function. Pollen also improves the ability of eggs to withstand the incubation period. It has also been proven to to nourish and keep the ovaries healthy and aids the production and release of healthy eggs. In other words, it helps to normalize the menstrual cycle as well as increase a woman’s fertility level.
Many studies have been done using bee pollen to treat hay fever and sever allergies. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems haven been proven to improve rapidly with a daily dose of bee pollen.
“Dr. Lars-Erik Essen, a dermatologist in Helsingborg, Sweden, pioneered the use of bee products for skin conditions. He treated many of his patients successfully for acne. Dr. Essen says, “Through transcutaneous nutrition, bee pollen exerts a profound biological effect. It seems to prevent premature aging of the cells and stimulates growth of new skin tissue. It offers effective protection against dehydration and injects new life into dry cells. It smoothes away wrinkles and stimulates a life-giving blood supply to all skin cells.”(1.)
Bee pollen contains thousands of enzymes and co-enzymes which are necessary for true vitality. Bee pollen also contains 22 amino acids, including the eight essential ones. The combination of these nutrients have been shown to have a biological effect on the body, improving energy and mental focus.