What is Bee Pollen?
Bees collect pollen from the male flower seeds. They mix it with enzymes from their salivary gland and roll it into small balls. It is the second product bees produce most. It is in the form of small oval granules.
Bee pollen is considered one of the nature’s most complete foods due to its comprehensive and well balanced nutrient profile. One table spoon of bee pollen contains: 16 calories, 0.24 grams of fat, 1.2 grams of protein, 2.18 grams of carbohydrates, 250 types of nutrients, vitamins: C, B1, B2, B5, B6, B8, provitamin A, and flavonoids.
Bee pollen is a healthy food that’s been around for centuries in Eastern cultures, but just recently started to appear in Western health. In fact the German federal board of health has officially recognised it as a medicine.
Health Benefits of using Bee Pollen
It is a great brain booster, improves alertness and concentration. Rich in B vitamins enhancing athletic performance. Normalises blood pressure and strengthens blood cells. Pollen is also very rісh іn ѕеlеnіum which is a powerful mineral that is essential for the proper functioning of your body. With its great content of vitamins, provitamins and flavonoids bee pollen is a great and easy way to support our immune system and increase body resistance.
How to use:
Bee pollen has a specific, rather pleasant taste however it could take few consumption to get used to it, and actually to start enjoying the taste. There are many intake options, can be sprinkled over cereals, yogurt, oatmeal, salads or added to homemade granola and smoothies. Also can be consumed directly preferably in the morning on an empty stomach. Avoid heating as this will neutralise some of the nutrients and reduce the beneficial qualities.
Bee pollen can be used not just as food supplement, but in cosmetics as well, as it has strong rejuvenating and regenerating effect. For example can be added to your shampoo, hair masks or face cream, it will dissolve and enrich them with its vitamins.
Storage: While bee pollen is fine at room temperature, refrigerated bee pollen lasts longer, tastes better, and is more effective.
Bee pollen is one of the many great foods the nature has given us to life stronger and better. It is generally safe to consume. However, people with pollen or bee sting allergies, pregnant or lactating women should avoid pollen products, as they may cause symptoms such as itching, swelling, shortness of breath or anaphylaxis. If you are in doubt always consult with a specialist before using bee pollen.