According to Greenpeace, 90% of the world’s nutrition is pollinated by bees. But they are dying due to several factors including pesticides and loss of their natural homes. This has been confirmed by scientists based on finding pesticide residue in the bee pollen.
The U.S. National Agricultural states honey bees have declined by 3.6 million hives in approximately 60 years spanning from 1947 to 2008.
I urge you to visit the Greenpeace website, read the entire story of the vanishing bees and donate to help their cause before it is too late. I am not asking you to donate because I get a kickback. Donations do not work that way. I only care that they are being harmed which in turn is harming the world. Please donate to help.
One most fascinating facts about bee pollen is it can not be synthesized. Scientists have tried to make synthetic bee pollen ensuring it contained all the nutrients of real pollen. It was fed to bees but it would not sustain them.
The benefit of bees extends beyond pollinating food sources. Alternative therapy practitioners are strong believers in the healing and nutritional benefits of bee pollen. Clinical studies have impressively shown that bee pollen has antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti inflammatory properties and more!
Huh, it seems bee pollen IS good for you!
Let me tell you why it is good for you, but first let’s look at some 5th grade science class on bees and collecting pollen.
Honey Bee’s Job
Let’s go back in time just briefly. Do you remember looking at that 5th grade science book and studying the pictures of the bees and how they collect pollen? Don’t worry, if you can’t remember I’ll explain it. Bees collect pollen from a plant, mix it with nectar or their saliva, then put it in pockets on their back legs. Remember now looking at those fat, fuzzy looking back legs of those bee pictures in your science book? I thought you would with a little prompting! Continuing…Once bees transport the pollen back to the hive, they pack the honeycomb cells with the pollen and is covered with honey and wax. The pollen goes through fermentation and is made into something called bee bread. Bee bread is the protein source for the bee colony.
That was fun. A blast from the past I guess LOL. Let’s talk about benefits now.
Why is Bee Pollen Good for You?
Bee pollen consists of proteins, amino acids, triglycerides, phospholipids, micronutrients, macronutrients, vitamins and flavonoids, and more! Wow no wonder it packs a punch!
In clinical studies, bee pollen has been shown to lower lipids, detoxify, act as an anti-inflammatory, used as a dietary supplement, shown antibiotic activity and a brain and mood booster.
To read the complete article and specific research done on bee pollen read Bee Pollen: Chemical Composition and Therapeutic Application.
Eat Bee Pollen Granules
Granules? What about tablets? Isn’t there a powder too?
Bee pollen comes in several sources including tablets, capsules, granules and powder. Tablets and capsules are the easiest to take. Tablets will have added substances to make them into tablets, so read your label carefully to make sure you’re not ingesting any hidden yuck like high fructose corn syrup to sweeten it.
Granules and digestion are a point of disagreement. Some believe we have a hard time digesting the granules because they have a hard outer shell. If we don’t digest them completely, then we are getting the benefit of all of the nutrients. People who believe granules are hard to digest state you must soak the granules before consuming. Opposing this are the people who don’t soak them because they don’t believe there is a problem with digesting granules. If you’ve tried bee pollen granules leave me a comment below and tell me about your experience. Did you soak them?
Capsules will usually be made from gelatin, but I would read the labels for them also to be sure there are no other added ingredients. Capsules will sometimes contain the granules or the powder, so if you don’t believe granules digest well be careful when you buy the capsules.
Bee pollen powder is easy to digest and the nutrients are almost immediately absorbed.
Your needs and preference will help you decide which form of bee pollen to take
How Much Bee Pollen Should I Take?
It is suggested to try a small amount of bee pollen to make sure you do not have any allergic reaction to it, and increase it slowly every day until you reach the intended dose. Allergic symptoms include the normal types, itchy throat, runny nose, headache, sweating, tearing eyes. There could be more symptoms, so pay attention to any signs after you take it. Stop if you show any negative reactions to the bee pollen. See your doctor if you have a negative reaction.
There is no standard dose of bee pollen. If you want to start taking it as a supplement, or any other supplement, speak to your doctor.
Risks of Taking Bee Pollen
As already mentioned, an allergic reaction may be possible when bee pollen is taken especially if you have an allergy to honey, pollens or even bee stings. And of course if you are taking any other medications or have any medical conditions talk to your doctor before starting a regimen of been pollen.
Use caution and speak to your Doctor if you have questions before taking bee pollen or any supplement.
Good luck everyone and leave me a comment below to let me know if you already take bee pollen and how it has worked for you. If you are just starting to take it, please let me know what you think of the results.