Superfood Spotlight: Bee Pollen

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What is bee pollen?

Bee pollen is a highly valued and extremely nutritious food, which has been used around the world for thousands of years. It is mentioned in the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran and the Book of Mormon, as well as in some ancient writings of the Far East. It is gathered using filters placed at the entrance of the apiary (beehive). The filter gathers 10-15% of the pollen the passing bees carry, leaving plenty for the bees’ own uses.

Why use bee pollen?

Bee pollen contains a full range of vitamin Bs (with the exception of B12), C, D and E, a full amino acid profile, 12 salient enzymes for the digestive system and up to 60 minerals. In addition, it contains carotenoids, small amounts of lecithin, choline, fatty acids, and the nucleic acids DNA and RNA. Bee pollen is considered one of the best protein sources in the world. It contains 25% protein, with a high absorption rate. According to some clinical tests, some of bee pollen’s nutrients can be absorbed into the bloodstream directly from the stomach. Bee pollen may enhance sexual willingness and ability; it boosts energy levels and performance, and speeds up and optimizes recovery after exercise. It is also known to hinder histamine production, there-fore, reducing or neutralizing some allergic reactions.

How to use bee pollen?

Large amounts of pollen can be used daily, but it is a good idea to start off gradually so the body can adjust. One tablespoon a day is good to begin with. Soaking in water for 12 hours enhances the pollen’s bio-availability. Bee pollen can be added to foods, blended in smoothies or used in baking. Some of the nutrients can be ruined by high temperature, so freeze-dried bee pollen is a smart choice.

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*This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are nursing or pregnant.

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