What is Bee Pollen?
It’s often referred to as “Nature’s perfect food” because it contains all of the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to live a healthy life. It is rich in B Vitamins, including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12. It also contains Vitamins C, A, E, Carotenoids, Folic Acid, Ruten, Minerals and Amino Acids. People take Bee Pollen because of its positive benefits with Increased energy, Weight loss, Appetite & nicotine suppressant, Antibiotic effects, Sexual function issues, Asthma, Boost immune system, Prostate diseases, Menopausal symptoms, Anti-aging and longevity, Stamina, Fatigue, Cholesterol, Liver ailments and so much more!
I first came across Bee Pollen back in 2012 when I read Kimberly Synder's The Beauty Detox Foods. "Abundantly overflowing with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, bee pollen will enhance your overall glow, beauty and energy." I love to add it to my morning smoothie or have a tablespoon with some coconut oil drizzled on top!
There are SO many benifits of Bee Pollen:
1. Energy Enhancer - The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energizer. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.
2. Skin Soother - Bee pollen is often used in topical products that aim to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and aid the regeneration of cells.
3. Respiratory System - Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.
4. Treating Allergies – Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies. Dr. Leo Conway, M.D of Denver Colorado, reported that 94 percent of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with oral feeding of pollen. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems were cleared, confirming that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a wide range of respiratory diseases.
5. Digestive System - In addition to healthful vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat.
6. Immune System Booster - Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports the immune system. According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses. It's also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.
7. Treats Addictions – Used holistically for healing addictions and inhibiting cravings by suppressing impulses. Because bee pollen crashes cravings, it is a very useful research is needed into this benefit, particularly when it comes to weight management.
8. Supports the Cardiovascular System - Bee Pollen contains large amounts of Rutin; an antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen capillaries, blood vessels, assists with circulatory problems and corrects cholesterol levels. Its potent anti-clotting powers could help prevent heart attack and stroke.
9. Prostate Aid - Men who suffer from benign prostate hyperplasia can find relief by using bee pollen. Bee pollen can help reduce inflammation to stop frequent urges to urinate.
10. Infertility Problems - Bee pollen stimulates and restores ovarian function, therefore may be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. As well as being a hormonal booster it is also a great aphrodisiac! ;)
(Source and more information on Bee Pollen: Food Matters: Bee Pollen)
Bee Pollen Smoothie Recipe
- 1 banana
- 1 handful of berries
- 3 dates
- 1 cup almond or soy milk
- 2 handfuls of spinach/kale (either/or or both)
- 1 tsp of bee pollen
Blend all ingredients together and drink immediately! (If fruit isn't frozen, add ice to thicken and chill.)
Now go get your BZZZZZZ on!!!!