Bee pollen benefits rank as one of our top 10 superfoods and is one of my personal favorite power packed protein sources to add to shakes, smoothies and even desserts.
If you are at all new to bee pollen, it is good to sample it in small doses (1/2t) at first and build up to larger doses to make sure it works with your particular body type.
Essentially, it is the very essence of flowers collected by our buzzing bee friends, the master pollinators of the earth!
Millions of individual, high quality, golden granules are extracted from the flower by bees and joined together with flower nectar to create these small pollen pellets.
Bee pollen, with its host of nutrients boasts a long history of use in ancient Egypt and China, and is also mentioned in the Bible, by Hippocrates and Pliny the Elder.
It is one of the world's finest protein rich foods and is considered by many modern health professionals to be nature's most perfect and complete food source.
Coming in at about 24-40% protein (with 18-22 amino acids, including tryptophan, lysine, and methionine), studies show a rapid absorption rate of these nutrients.
In fact, bee pollen is known to pass directly into the blood from the stomach about 2 hours after ingesting.
Bee pollen benefits the body as an alkaline food source. Many people today suffer from overly acid diets, caused by stress and poor eating habits.
Bee pollen is a great way to get additional super rich nutrition and also balance the pH of the body to a more natural position of about 7.35-7.45.
When the body does not receive adequate levels of alkaline foods, acidic conditions occur, building up in the cell wall structure and increasing the risk of disease and other problems.
One of the best times to eat bee pollen is during allergy season. It is well known that locally harvested bee pollen will help to manage allergy symptoms, such as hay fever.
This is because ingesting it helps to build resistance to possible pollens or allergens floating in the air, which tends to decrease allergic reactions.
Try taking a daily dose of bee pollen during allergy season, at least 1t or more, if you suffer from symptoms and see if it helps to provide some relief.
We have experienced this personally and are big advocates of this natural remedy.
Caution: On rare occasion some people who are asthmatic and particularly sensitive to a bee's pollen can have a strong reaction to consuming it. So be cautious if this is the case and avoid consuming it in large quantities if you are unsure. We recommend just a few grains to test it out and see. It is best to air on the side of safety in such situations.
Bee pollen is great addition to a protein bar recipe, providing a quick fuel supply.
Bee pollen covers a broad spectrum of nutritional benefits that make it a high intensity top superfood.
Some people enjoy eating it straight, for it has a pleasant sweet and somewhat tangy taste. We like to use it in our lemon bar recipe for this reason.
It is a great superfood for pregnant mothers because it is a rich source of folic acid and is also an extra nutritious supplement to add to a Superhero kids diet!
Bee pollen benefits also as a natural source of lecithin and contains over 5,000 enzymes. The phytonutrients (such as co-enzymes, bioflavonoids, phytosterols, and carotenoids) found in bee pollen also number in the thousands!
When we eat enzyme rich foods, we maximize our levels of nutrient absorption and digestion, receiving greater energy from the foods we eat.
Disease and degeneration is intimately linked to the damaging effects of a diet low in enzymatic activity. It has been suggested by Dr. Edward Howell, author of Enzyme Nutrition, that our longevity and quality of life suffer as a result.
Bee pollen is the male reproductive spore of the flowering plant. The bee and the flower have, for over 100 million years, developed a symbiotic relationship to provide for their survival needs, so both can live and thrive.
The relationship between bees and flowers is intimately linked to the life cycle of our planet and this marvelous superfood is a source of this strong connection!