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September 19, 2018

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is the pollen from flowers that is collected by the insects as they gather food.  Besides pollen, bees also eat nectar (sugary water) but feed their young lots of pollen because they need the protein to grow.

One way of describing pollen would be as "plant sperm".  Plants need to distribute pollen (the powder in the flowers) from one plant to another.  This process is called "pollination".  Bees help in pollination by spreading pollen as they travel to flowers on different plants during their journey to collect pollen, which is carried back to their hives attached on their rear legs as little yellow balls of cargo.

Although flowers can be pollinated by certain birds, a colony of bees can gather as many as 50,000 loads of pollen a day. The bees pack the powder into granules, adding honey or nectar from honey sacs where it is then transported back to the hive. An enzyme is added to prevent germination, metabolizing the pollen for food, thus preserving the bee pollen benefit nutritionally.

Bee pollen is gathered for human consumption and use with a special device that is placed at the entrance of the hive through which the bees pass.

Benefits for Humans

There are many health benefits attributed to bee pollen which have been verified in independent clinical tests all over the world.  The Chinese too have used it for centuries.  In Europe, especially Germany, it is very popular as a supplement.

Bee pollen's benefits are said to include increased energy, increased libido, assisting in eliminating acne, aiding the relief of indigestion, helping to eliminate depression, and improve blood pressure.  Bee pollen is also used as a topically applied salve for treating skin problems and as a weight loss supplement.  Perhaps the most noted bee pollen benefit is its ability to increase endurance, strength, and even increase mental function.  Not surprisingly, it is much sought after by athletes for its stamina-giving capabilities.

Vitamins and Minerals

Bee pollen is considered one of the richest and purest natural foods ever discovered.  The incredible nutritional and medicinal value of pollen has been touted for centuries.

Bee pollen is one of the richest known sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, hormones, fats and enzymes.  Some of the vitamins and minerals found in bee pollen are vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B6 (pyridoxine), B5, B12, D, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, nicotinic acid, pantothenic acid, folic acid and lecithin.

Medicinal Uses

Bee pollen comes in many forms; in a natural powder form, tablet, lozenge, cream, and capsules.  Like most supplements, bee pollen's effectiveness (at least in tablet or capsule form) is heightened when combined with other nutrients.

Bee pollen is used for treating many health ailments including;

  • asthma
  • arthritis
  • burns and scalds
  • effects of fever
  • flatulence
  • hair loss
  • insomnia
  • memory loss
  • nervous disorders
  • sexual disorders
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