This question gets asked to us all the time, as people hear of bee pollen and its benefits but aren’t sure where it comes from. So here’s the story in a nutshell.
Bees pollinate flowers and plants by transferring pollen from one flower to the next, which fertilizes the plant so it can continue its life cycle and produce fruit and seeds. Without the work of the bee population, most plants and food crops on the planet would not survive.
For millions of years, the bee and the flower have developed this symbiotic relationship that is intimately linked to the health of our ecosystem and this marvelous super food is a source of this strong connection.
This food is collected by the worker bees and then used to feed the young bee larvae or “brood”, which nest inside the cells of the honeycomb.
Bee pollen benefits provide energy, protein and nutrients to meet the nutritional needs of the hive. When beekeeper’s harvest pollen for human consumption, only a certain amount of the pollen is collected, leaving the rest for the bee population to ensure the health of the colony.
Bee pollen is a complete food and contains many elements that products of animal origin do not possess. Bee pollen is more rich in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.
One of the most amazing things about bee pollen is that it contains all of the nutrients that you need to live. Bee pollen is made up of 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein, 3% vitamins and minerals, 2% fatty acids, and 5% other substances. It also contains 14.2% fiber. Bee pollen contains 5 to 7 times the amino acids found in equal weights of beef, milk, eggs or cheese.
It is also very high in Vitamin B-complex, which is needed in order to help the body function correctly, and several antioxidants including lycopene, selenium, beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
It also contains lecithin, which has been shown to normalize cholesterol and triglycerides, and it decreases LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
People eat bee pollen for:
- increasing energy
- boosting the immune system
- aiding in digestion
- easing menstrual cramps
- helping with weight loss
- helping with allergies
- supporting the cardiovascular system
- aiding prostate health
Start taking pollen in the morning with food. It’s good with yogurt or in a smoothie. Start with a 1/4-teaspoon per day, and work up to 1 teaspoon per day. Pollen is nutrition that goes directly into your cells.