Honeybees collect pollen from the stamens of flowers

As bees fly from flower to flower, the bees brush against the stamens and pollen sticks to their bodies. By transferring the pollen to different flowers they cause fertilization and seed set. Bees provide an essential function for many plants.

Bees comb the excess pollen into pollen baskets – specialized structures on the hind legs of the workers. This forms the pollen into tiny round balls. Using a pollen trap at the entrance of the hive, beekeepers can brush some of these balls off the legs of the bee as she is entering the hive.

Bee pollen contains all the nutrients essential for life

Scientists have raised several generations of mice exclusively on pollen with no adverse affects or signs of malnourishment. Pollen is made up of approximately 35% protein, 35% carbohydrate, 2% fatty acids and 3% minerals and vitamins (A, B, C, D and E) as well as trace elements and other micronutrients. Pollen also contains 17% rutin a substance that has been associated with regeneration of the capillaries

Bee pollen has been used as a nutritional supplement for thousands of years

Bee pollen is used by some people as an immune system enhancer. Because of its high content of B vitamin complexes, it is often taken to increase energy and vitality. Because pollen contains more protein than any other food, many athletes use pollen to increase endurance, strength and stamina as well as to enhance recovery after exercising. Bee pollen has also been taken as a weight loss supplement because it contains lecithin which is said to flush fat from the body as well as stimulating metabolism causing calories to be burned faster and phenylalanine which acts as an appetite suppressant. The presence of antioxidants and bioflavinoids such as vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene and rutin may help to neutralize damage caused by free radicals in the body.

Bee pollen may also help to relieve brain fatigue and improve alertness as well as relieving stress and anxiety. Some studies suggest that pollen can be beneficial in treating nausea and sleep disorders as well as other diseases

Bee Pollen can be used to decrease Hay Fever and Pollen Allergies

Scientific research has shown that ingestion of pollen can be effective in reducing nasal blockage caused by exposure to wind-borne pollen. Researchers showed that eating pollen had a prophylactic effect on allergic rhinitis. This effect was seen both when pollen was taken before exposure as well as if pollen was ingested after exposure to pollen. However, since there was a delay in the reduction of symptoms if exposure had already taken place it is best to ensure that pollen is taken before exposure to the allergen takes place.

How to take Bee Pollen

Adults: Start with 1 tsp in the morning followed with some water, juice or milk. Increase your intake every day by a few grains until reaching 2 tsp a day (10 ml). For normal daily intake you may take up to 1 tbsp (15 tbsp).

Note: Before consuming pollen you should be aware of the possibility of allergic reactions to pollens by susceptible individuals. People with bee and pollen allergies should consult their physician before taking pollen supplements.


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