Bee Pollen is considered one of Mother Nature’s most nutritionally complete food for humans with over 40% protein amino acids and is a rich source of highly bioavailable (easily digested) vitamins, hormones, enzymes, fat and the natural healing antibiotic and antiviral properties we associate with good quality honey. It is important we understand that Bee Pollen is totally different to honey, honeycomb, bee venom or royal jelly. If you read on this will make sense.
One of the most interesting facts about Bee Pollen is that it cannot be artificially recreated in a science lab. If you feed a bee manmade chemicals to substitute naturally sourced pollen- then she will not survive. So somewhere in the bee pollen are some natural mysterious extra ingredients that even the latest scientific diagnostic tools cannot identify. These magical ingredients may well come from the honey bee herself as she collects the pollen from the stamens with her jaws and front legs (adding a little bit of bee saliva to pep up the taste), she uses a bit of honey she collected from the hive to moisten the powder. The hairs on her legs are called pollen combs, which are used to clean her body and collect up the pollen whilst she flies to the next flower. This dust is skilfully combed into her pollen baskets which are also surrounded by long hairs, and this basket of goodness is the bee pollen. In the height of the season bees can resemble little dusty fuzz balls as they fly between the flowers.
In New Zealand our bees forage in the relatively untouched pristine natural environment we have on offer. They visit many different types of flowers, bushes, grasses and trees each day depending on the season, the weather and the temperature of the day. Each flower creates a slightly different coloured pollen dust with a slightly different taste and each grain contains a tiny amount of the medicinal properties medical herbalists know each different plant supplies. Colours can range from chocolate brown right through to bright red and orange. This dust is collected by the bees climbing through a small mesh as they arrive back at the hive which tips the pollen out of their baskets without harming the bee. The Bee keepers collect this up and then simply dry the powder out which forms the Bee Pollen granulated supplement. This collection is done in a very sustainable manner, if too much is collected the hive will starve and die, and if the collection mesh is too tight the bee gets damaged as she climbs back into the hive. This type of sustainable responsible beekeeping comes with years of experience and knowledge of how the hive works and is well practiced here in NZ.
Bee Pollen is well known and has been used therapeutically in many different civilizations for thousands of years. It is a complete food and contains more protein weight for weight than any animal product and contains more amino acids that eggs, beef or cheese.
Victoria Beckham is a big fan of this supplement, tweeting to her 7.46m followers that she was totally obsessed with Bee Pollen. Seems she is onto something there. The French long noted for their preoccupation with all things to do with beauty have done a lot of research on bee pollen, honey and other bee products. Dr M Esperrois of the French Institute of Chemistry concluded that pollen may help minimise the effects of ageing on the skin. In Sweden dermatologist Dr Lars- Erik Essen successfully treated many of his patients with Bee Pollen noting that Pollen protected against dehydration and helped the skin look younger, less wrinkly, smoother with less blemishes. In Russia Professors N Mankowvsky and DG Chebotarev said pollen was “vital for internal and external rejuvenation at a cellular level”.
Here are the top 3 reasons to add Bee Pollen to your daily routine:
- Skin – soothes and calms the skin and assists in the regeneration of skin cells (less wrinkles and blemishes).
- Energy: Bee Pollen with its complete range of nutrients and protein keeps you going all day and helps fight off fatigue.
- Digestion- Apart from being a complete food, Bee Pollen has enzymes to support digestion and to get the benefit from the diet you are eating.
So how do I incorporate Bee Pollen into my routine?
You can add a teaspoon of the granules on breakfast cereals, warm porridge, into chia puddings, into smoothies, yoghurts, cottage cheese, on salads, into bliss balls and into baked goods and breads. You can also let a few granules dissolve in warm water and drink the slightly sweet, nutty goodness. Bee Pollen is highly hydroscopic- meaning it absorbs water very quickly, and due to its sweet smell it will attract the bugs and insects, so keep it in a tightly closed pot in your pantry at a stable temperature. It is also important to check your supplement is 100% NZ Bee Pollen (many supplements in NZ are made from imported ingredients) as pollen is affected by sprays and chemicals.
It is important to check you don’t have an allergic reaction to Bee Pollen. Try popping one of the pollen granules on your tongue to check how your body reacts before you take a whole teaspoon full.
TAPS Code: PP8680
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