Those little buzzing (and sometimes stinging) bees are the most important pollinators of our environment. Our crops and fruits thrive every year because their kind mingles between the flowers, spreading pollen. As your local bee keeping friend knows, bees keep some of that pollen to take home. Next time you see a bee, look out for a spec of yellow- that is a bee pollen pellet that is removed for human use as the bee squeezes back into the hive. Responsible bee keepers only take a portion of bees’ precious pollen to ensure a healthy thriving hive. Bee pollen health benefits are becoming increasingly well known among health buffs. However for ages it has been regularly used as an energy booster, plant protein source and is similar to taking a multivitamin naturally.
Bee pollen is considered one of the superfoods that are packed with 18 vitamins, essential amino acids, fatty acids, protein and minerals. Nutritionists regard it as a ‘superfood’ because it is considered one of nature’s most complete foods. Additionally, it is loaded with all the B vitamins (aside from vitamin B 12) which is great for improving a person’s energy level. The enzymes within bee pollen benefits the digestive system.
The list of bee pollen health benefits continue on. For instance if you have allergies, especially during the summer taking bee pollen can help neutralize allergies due to the fact that pollen can help reduce the production of histamine. After years of use and study, there are no known negative side effects, just positive ones!
Take a little bee pollen on top of your cereal or oats in the morning. If you have a less traditional food regime, such as a liquid diet detox or raw food diet, bee pollen fits in excellently. Blend bee pollen within a smoothie or mix it in for an added ‘crunch’ within a salad. Or, you can do what I prefer and take it pinch by pinch at a time, throughout the day.
If you want to get some great bee pollen, try to find a source of bee pollen that is made locally and support the bee keepers who treat the important worker bees well. Farmers market is probably your best route for high quality pollen, however if you cannot locate one there are several bee pollen retail sites on line to choose from. The many bee pollen health benefits are worth a go of at least testing it out!