Bee Pollen and its health benefits
by Jessica Verbraeken on Jan 24, 2021
Bee pollen has all the essential components of life. It is considered to be nature's most perfect complete food. It is extremely loaded with vitamins and contains nearly all known minerals, trace elements, enzymes and amino acids. Bee pollen is also considered to be a first-rate source of antioxidants.
Bee pollen is a complete food, and taking it helps to balance the incomplete foods that we are all used to eating in everyday life.
Additionally, bee pollen is one of the world's oldest health foods. You can find references to it in the Bible, the Torah, the Koran as well as ancient Chinese and Egyptian texts.
Many people swear to the healing properties of bee pollen. They claim that it'll give you increased energy, boost your body's immune responses by increasing your red and white blood cells, increase longevity by repairing damaged cells, and help to cure all kinds of diseases with its built in antibacterial qualities.
People also say that it is good for the intestines, moderating and controlling the organisms dwelling there and helping to aid digestion and the assimilation of nutrition
Many of the studies supporting the benefits of bee pollen were performed on rodents. We don’t know much on how those results apply to humans. But it doesn’t mean that bee pollen are useless, it just means that much more research is needed in order to establish definitive claims
So what exactly is bee pollen?
Pollen is created by the male part of the flowering plant. As the bee flits from flower to flower, it carries pollen with it, which cross-pollinates and fertilizes the plant. The pollen are taken back to the beehive where it is stored as food for the hive, where beekeepers can then collect it.
And it is precisely because of this pollen that many people who have allergies will be negatively affected by bee pollen. In fact, there are documented reports of bee pollen and royal jelly triggering asthma, hives, sore throats, facial itches and even anaphylactic shock in people with allergies to specific pollens. And these reactions can occur with as little as one teaspoon of bee pollen. So, be sure to consult your physician if you have some sort of allergies before introducing bee pollen into your diet.
What are the potential benefits of consuming bee pollen?
- It’s packed with nutrients
- It can help alleviate allergies
- It has inflammatory properties
- It can be healing for your liver
- It can help heal burns
- It may have anti-cancer properties
- It can help lower your cholesterol
Are there any downsides of using bee pollen?
As mentioned above, people with allergies can be negatively affected by bee pollen, although these cases are rare according to The Mayo clinic.
You should also be cautious with bee pollen if you're already taking medications. Especially, Warfarin (described to treat bloodclots) Bee pollen can interact with Warfarin and increase your chances of bruising or bleeding.
Make sure you avoid companies acquiring pollen in a way it is destructive to bee populations, because bees are an essential part of the earth’s biodiversity.
If you’re interested in trying bee pollen be sure to consult your physician first to see if it can interfere with any medication or health conditions.