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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the healing benefits of eating raw honey. Another way our friends, the bees, make our lives better is by producing the miracle food, bee pollen. This is one of the most unique superfoods on the planet, revered for its healing properties in cultures that go back thousands of years, and possessing all the nutrients that are essential to sustain human life.
Pollen is richer in protein than any animal source, and contains a higher amount of free form amino acids than beef, cheese, or eggs of equal weight. It contains an abundance of carotenoid vitamin A, B complex vitamins including folate, vitamins C and E, as well as a wealth of minerals, enzymes, lecithin, carbohydrates in the form of natural sugars, and essential fatty acids.
Bee pollen is made from plant pollen. As bees collect nectar from the flowers they visit, the pollen sticks to their legs, which is then combined with a substance the bees secrete formulating golden granules that are then transported back to the hive. The granules can be harvested and eaten raw.
So what does eating pollen do for you?
- Improves vitality and endurance during exercise
- Aids in recovery of chronic illness
- Promotes longevity
- Regulates intestinal functioning
- Builds healthy blood
- Prevent infections with its antibiotic properties
- Relieves menstrual cramps
- Promotes fertility
- Alleviates depression, fatigue, and migraine headaches
- Normalizes cholesterol levels
- Treats cravings and addictions
There is also mounting evidence that pollen can help overcome retardation and other developmental problems in children. On top of all of that, pollen prevents many of the effects of radiation treatment and has anti-cancer properties.
But, wait! That’s not all!
For all of those people that suffer the effects of seasonal allergies, regular consumption of bee pollen can dramatically reduce the symptoms of hay fever – some people have had as much as 100% relief. A word of warning though – if you are sensitive to pollen, introduce it into your diet in small doses so your body gets used to it.
In regards to dosage, it is easy to consume. I buy it in jars and just eat a spoonful a day. It has a lightly sweet, nutty flavor. You can mix it in with a smoothie or just sprinkle it over foods that you are eating. It does come in capsules or tablets, but it is best when you eat the granules as they are. As with honey, heat processing can destroy the enzymes and nutrients in the pollen so it’s important to choose a manufacturer that handles the pollen with the intent of preserving its valuable nutrients.
Unprocessed bee pollen can be found on Amazon, which will help you begin a new phase into a healthier life.