Bee pollen is made by separating the pollen from flowers left by bees when they have gathered nectar from them to take to their hives. Amazingly, even though it is only now gaining in popularity as a superfood, it has a long history of being beneficial to health because of its rich nutrients. It was used in ancient Egypt, and was even mentioned in the Bible. It has also been used through the ages as an herbal medicine in China as an energizer and nutrition booster. It easy to understand this superfood has been popular for so long once you understand its health benefits.
Allergy Relief – Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies have heard of using local honey to alleviate the symptoms. Bee pollen has a similar effect by building up resistance to the allergens which will give relief. The Journal of Medicinal Food conducted a study in 2008 where they found that bee pollen worked as an anti-allergy treatment in mice.
Protein Rich – Bee pollen has an abundance of protein. It is higher in protein than meat, cheese, or eggs. It is up to 40% protein, plus it is quickly absorbed into the body within 2 hours of consumption. This makes it perfect for an after workout boost, or a pre-workout food to have for athletic endurance.
Vitamin Abundant – The fact that bee pollen contains an astonishing 18 vitamins is another reason to take this superfood daily. It is very high in B vitamins, as well as essential minerals like iodine, calcium, zinc, potassium, and copper.
Antioxidants – The BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal published a study in 2009 that showed that bee pollen has potent antioxidant qualities. This is needed for healthy organs, staving off diabetes, heart disease, as well as for healthy skin.
Bee pollen is said to have many other benefits as well. It is supposed to improve memory, lower high cholesterol, and promote weight loss. It is also known as an aphrodisiac for sexual health. It has shown to help clear acne, and it also fights wrinkles.
Do speak with your physician if you are allergic to any type of pollen before taking it. If you are allergic, even small amounts can cause serious reactions, including anaphylaxis, which is a life threatening condition.
Bee pollen is available in many forms, including granules, powder, capsules, available at health food stores and online, and can be used in desserts and smoothies. Many people also like to take a teaspoon per day in raw form because it has a pleasant, sweet flavor.