Bee pollen benefits are multifarious. The benefits of bee pollen stem from the fact that it comes from nature.
Pollen is the dust or grains produced by flowers, particularly the male ones. It is carried by wind or by insects to pollinate other plants and trees. Bees catch pollen grains on their legs and bodies when they feed on flowers for nectar. When the bees return to the hive to deposit the nectar, the pollen stuck to their legs and bodies are carried with them. Beekeepers set out pollen traps underneath the hives to catch pollen grains.
Using a fan, the keepers sieve through the grains to get rid of non-pollen materials common to a bee hive like broken legs, wings, other insects or plant parts. When the sifting is done, what remain are pure bee pollen grains. The collected grains are then dried and refrigerated and the resulting product is the bee pollen sold for human consumption. Bees work 2400 hours to produce one tablespoon of bee pollen.
Due to the combination of the bees' digestive enzymes and the essence of every plant from which the bees collect pollen, it contains almost all known minerals, enzymes and amino acids and it possesses the perfect balance of the 22 essential nutrients that the human body requires to achieve and maintain optimal vitality. Because of this, bee pollen is often called nature's perfect food.
Bee pollen benefits anybody looking for an alternative cure found from nature. Bee pollen rejuvenates the body and keeps the glands and organs healthy. Since bee pollen is believed to be able to correct body chemistry and eliminate toxins, it is used to strengthen the immune system.
Athletes take it to enhance sports performance and to recover from extraneous physical exercise. Because it is rich in nutrients and has the ability to speed up metabolism, weight watchers use it as a dietary supplement to replace caloric nutrients in weight loss programs.
Many include bee pollen products, particularly royal jelly, in their beauty regimen because of its detoxifying properties. Ironically, some even use it to alleviate allergies due to its capability to reduce the production of histamine that causes allergic reactions. Bee pollen can also relieve anemia, constipation, nausea after radiation treatment, and can even improve your sex life.
Bee pollen comes in gelatin caps, tablets or granules. It should be stored in a cool, dry place. When refrigerated, it can last for up to two years. For starters, take one to two teaspoons of bee pollen daily. It can also be mixed in the food that you eat like your morning yogurt, oatmeal. It can also be mixed with fruit juices or in your salad. However, bee pollen should not be cooked or heated since exposing it to heat will diminish its nutritional content.
As always, when taking in any food, there should be precautions. Since bee stings are known to cause allergies, be aware of potential allergic reactions when ingesting bee pollen. Start with a small dose. If there are no allergic reactions, then continue on a larger dose. Before using bee pollen as a dietary supplement, always consult your medical health provider first.