10 Health Benefits of Bee Pollen

What are Bee Pollen Granules?

In addition to being pollinators, honey bees collect the microscopic pollen dust released by flowers. They compact this pollen into granules, resulting in one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. Bee pollen is almost 40% protein, half of which is in the form of free amino acids, ready to be used immediately by the body. In addition it contains almost all nutrients required by humans.

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10 Reasons to Add Bee Pollen to your Diet

  1. Energy Booster– Because bee pollen is full of almost every nutrient required by humans, it’s a great energy booster! The carbohydrates and protein especially can help fight fatigue and increase your stamina.
  2. Skin Soother– Not just for ingesting, bee pollen can be used topically. It treats inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It’s full of vitamins and amino acids that help to protect the skin and help regenerate cells.
  3. Respiratory Disorders– Bee pollen is full of antioxidants, which contain anti-inflammatory properties. This may help inflammation of the lungs, preventing asthma attacks.
  4. Allergy Treatment– Allergic symptoms are caused by the release of histamine, a compound found in almost all body tissues. Bee pollen can actually reduce the presence of histamine, reducing or preventing allergy symptoms.
  5. Digestive System– Enzymes are essential for breaking down the food we consume into forms that our body can use and extract nutrients from. Bee pollen contains over 5,000 enzymes, so it’s obvious that it aids in digestion!
  6. Boost your Immune System– According to Dr. Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that may be able to fight off viruses. In addition, as we mentioned above, it’s full of antioxidants!
  7. Suppress Cravings– Whether you’re getting over addiction or those late-night junk food cravings, bee pollen may help. Its high nutrient content may solve nutrient-deficiencies you didn’t even know you had, therefore eliminating cravings. It also contains phenylalanine, a natural amino acid, which acts as an appetite suppressant.
  8. Cardiovascular Support– Rutin is a flavanoid compound that boasts anti-clotting properties that could help prevent heart attack and stroke. Good news, bee pollen contains large amounts of the stuff. It could also help correct cholesterol levels and assist with other circulatory problems.
  9. Prostate Health– We already discussed some of the anti-inflammatory properties of bee pollen, so it’s no wonder that it aids those who suffer from benign prostate hyperplasia. By reducing inflammation of the prostate it can also resolve issues with urination.
  10. Fertility – Not only is bee pollen a hormonal booster and aphrodisiac, it can also stimulate and restore ovarian function, therefore aiding in pregnancy.

How to Consume

For better absorption, it is recommended that Bee Pollen is consumed with a meal. Start with a low dosage, such as 1 teaspoon, and gradually increase your dosage. Don’t consume more than 3 tablespoons a day, unless directed otherwise.

 

Sources

Dr. Mercola. “The Use of Bee Pollen as a Superfood.” n.d. mercola.com. Online. 30 April 2015.

Food Matters. “10 Amazing Health Benefits of Bee Pollen.” 29 January 2013. Foodmatters.tv. Online. 29 April 2015.