Bee pollen is considered to be one of the most powerful superfoods in the world. A concentrated source of nutrition, consuming these products (bee pollen, propolis, honey and royal jelly) on a regular basis is highly recommended as it can complement your health by providing a condensed source of nutrition.
Bee pollen is one of the most complete superfoods found in nature. It contains all the B vitamins and 22 kinds of free amino acids including all essential amino acids. Bee pollen has a delicious flavor, promotes energy levels and even their appearance is striking, like small golden nuggets. Here we will see the details of how this extraordinary and powerful superfood can benefit our health.
What is bee pollen?
The male flowers produce a powder known as male germ cells which is also known as pollen or the male seed of flowers (equivalent to human semen). This pollen is not bee pollen. Bees gather pollen from flowers and add enzymes to process so that it does not deteriorate. Bee pollen is just another bee food. If bees digest this pollen it turns into honey, which is more durable, another version is bee milk or royal jelly, which is kept exclusively for the queen .
Interesting fact: The bees of the same hive visit up to 225,000 flowers per day. A single bee visits 50 to 1,000 flowers per day, but can visit several thousand. It requires a bee working eight hours a day for a month to collect a teaspoon (5 ml) of pellets of pollen, which contains more than 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen laden micronutrients, trace elements, minerals and antioxidants.
Pollen is formed by myriads of microspores produced in the anthers of flowers and cones of conifer. Each grain is about 0.002 inches in diameter and each ball collected by a bee contains approximately two million grains of pollen.
Nutritional profile of bee pollen
Bee pollen is a complete food and contains many elements that animal products do not have. Bee pollen is richer in protein than any animal source. It is 15% lecithin (which lowers cholesterol and is brain food) and gram for gram, pollen contains between five and seven times more protein (amino acids) than meat, eggs or cheese. About half of its protein content is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.
Nutrients in bee pollen
Bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, fatty acids, fats, antioxidants, carbohydrates, hormones, minerals and even ORMUS substances which have not yet been identified by the science. Let’s see some of these nutrients in detail:
- Vitamins. Pro-vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 (cyanocobalamin), pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid (B9), vitamin C, D, E, K, vitamin P (bioflavonoids), inositol, rutin and hill.
- Minerals. Pollen can contain up to 60 elements including: barium, boron, calcium, copper, gold, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, sodium and zinc.
- Amino acids. 22 amino acids in total such as: cysteine, lysine, histidine, arginine, aspartic acid, threonine, glutamine, proline, glycine, alanine, valine, methionine, isoleucine, leucine, tyrosine, phenylalanine and tryptophan.
- Fatty acids. Up to 14 beneficial fatty acids including essential fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid (omega – 3 vegetable source), linoleic acid (omega 6), palmitic acid (also present in coconut oil), oleic acid, docosanoic acid and stearic acid .
- Enzymes. Bee pollen can contain up to 11 major and 5,000 minor enzymes enzymes and co-enzymes including amylase, catalase, transferase, cytochrome, dehydrogenase, diaphorase, diastase, lactic acids, pectinase, zymase and phosphatase. (130 mg bee pollen can assist in the digestion of 3 pounds of food, thanks to its enzymatic properties).
- Carbohydrates. To 11 ranging from polysaccharides carbohydrates to simple sugars, such as maltose, xylose, galactose, rhamnose, fructose, glucose, pentose, raffinose, stachyose and saccharose.
- Carotenoids. Such as xanthophylls, quercetin and alpha / beta carotenes.
- Nucleic acids. RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).
- Other compounds. Bee pollen contains also amines, nuclein, guanine, xanthine, hypoxanthine, vernine, waxes, gums, resins, hydrocarbons, sterols, polypeptides, ribose, deoxyribose, hexuronic acid, vegetable oils and various growth factors, and other unknown compounds.
I think this amazing list of nutrients makes it clear why bee pollen is called a superfood .
Note: The nutritional composition of bee pollen varies the power supply of bees; ie where they gather pollen (different types of flowers). Analysis has shown a big difference from source to source. A very good reason to choose, always, by pollen from organic or wild bee, at least.
“Bee pollen is the richest source of vitamins found in nature in a single food. Even if bee pollen had none of their other vital ingredients, only its contents justify routine consume at least one teaspoon per day, if for no other reason than strengthening the capillaries. Pollen is extremely rich in routine and may have the highest content from any source, also provides a high content of nucleic acids RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). – Institue of Apiculture, Taranov, Russia”
Note: Nucleic acids are also present in spirulina , another superfood.
Bee pollen benefits
The benefits of bee pollen include:
1. Increases energy levels. Bee pollen increases strength, endurance, speed and power. It provides a faster recovery of the exercises, balance the heart rate and increases growth and muscle definition. British Sports Council noted an increase in strength from 40 to 50 percent in those taking bee pollen regularly. The most amazing thing was noticed by the British Royal Society that reported an increase in height in adults who consume bee pollen.
Lananaki coach Antti Finnish athletics team who swept the Olympics in 1972 revealed, “Most of our athletes take nutritional supplements pollen. Our studies show that it significantly improves their performance. There have been no negative results since we started to provide pollen to our athletes. ”
2. Weight loss. As bee pollen is rich in nutrients such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, proteins, etc., it is promoted as a weight loss supplement. It is claimed that bee pollen improves metabolism and accelerates the process of converting glucose into energy.
Lecithin, another nutrient found in abundance in bee pollen can increase the rate at which we burn calories. These help improve nutrient assimilation and digestion, which promotes a balanced weight.
3. A powerful aphrodisiac. Bee pollen rejuvenates the sexual organs due to its content of seminal substances. People suffering from low blood pressure may be susceptible to deficiencies in the sexual glands, bee pollen heightens the libido in these individuals, especially if consumed with kelp and can increase hormone levels and sexual strength.
4. Fights diabetes. It helps relieve symptoms of type 2 diabetes by restoring mineral deficiencies and metabolic.
5. Promotes prostate health. Men suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may find relief by using bee pollen. Bee pollen can help reduce inflammation to stop frequent urges to urinate.
6. Try allergies. Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, which neutralizes allergies. Dr. Leo Conway, MD Colorado, reported that 94 percent of patients were completely free of allergy symptoms, when treated with oral feeding pollen. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems disappeared, confirming that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a wide range of respiratory diseases.
Pollen is good for intestinal flora and therefore supports the immune system. According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic properties type that can help protect the body against contracting the virus. It is also rich in antioxidants that protect cells from harmful oxidation of free radicals.
7. Combat stress. The presence of B vitamins in bee pollen build our defenses against stress, it increases longevity, fights acne and assists in reverse wrinkles and aging.
Note: Bee pollen is generally safe unless a person prone to allergies such as asthma, hay fever, etc. Anyone who suffers from allergies to honey, bee venom or bee sting allergies, allergies to plant pollens such as ragweed or chrysanthemums should avoid bee pollen products. If this is the first time you eat pollen, try a rather small doses, 1/8 teaspoon, and see if you have any reaction, as the days you can gradually increase the dose until a teaspoon, then a tablespoon or how much prefer . Some people may have an initial reaction, but this does not mean that they are allergic, they simply have to give your body time to suit as with many foods. In fact, pollen is an excellent food for allergies.
Diseases positively affected by eating bee pollen
It is said that bee pollen is also beneficial against the following medical conditions:
- inflammatory conditions
- Cholesterol and triglycerides
- Postoperative wounds heal
Problems with the treatment of bees
Keep in mind the treatment given to bees where pollen and honey from non-organic or wild sources of corporate producers. These bees are battered; fed corn syrup, high fructose, instead of leaving them a portion of their own honey to consume, take them out with smoke from the hives, add based pesticides nicotine plants where they collect pollen and, among other varieties of unsustainable practices.
These are other reasons to choose organic sources of bee pollen, honey, propolis and royal jelly. If you have agricultural land, consider becoming holistic beekeeper to support the bee population and the practice of producing these products natural and sustainable manner.
Superfoods – The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe