Bee pollen is a tiny, yet powerful food that contains numerous healthy benefits for our bodies. It’s rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins, free amino acids, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. This superfood essentially contains almost all nutrients needed by humans.
Take a look below at how bee pollen is created, what nutritional properties it contains, and how it should be consumed.
What is Bee Pollen?
Bees collect pollen from plants and combine it with a very small amount of their saliva, which is then stored in pollen baskets on their hind legs. The combination of pollen and saliva form into granules. They take the pollen to their hives and pack it into honeycomb cells.
Nutritional Benefits of Bee Pollen
- Reduces Inflammation: Studies have found that bee pollen has high anti-inflammatory activity. It’s comparable to anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen, analgin, phenylbutazone, or indomethacin. Some studies suggest that it can be helpful for certain cases of acute and chronic-inflammation, initial degenerative diseases, and liver diseases.
- Boosts Mood/Relieves Stress: Because of it’s nutritional properties, bee pollen is able to help improve blood supply to nervous tissue, which helps boost mental capacity and strengthens the nervous system. A boost in mental capacity can help lighten your mood and ease your tired, stressed mind.
- Helps Minimize Allergies: Research has shown that bee pollen does have anti-allergic properties. It can help mast cells from releasing histamine, which is what causes allergic reactions. Local bee pollen is really the best if you’re going to use it for allergies. Since the bees are gathering pollen from the area you live in, it’s typically more effective with allergies.
How Do You Use Bee Pollen?
If you’re looking to incorporate bee pollen into your diet, you need to make sure you’re purchasing high-quality bee pollen. We recommend buying local when it comes to bee pollen, and preferably from bee keepers who do not use pesticides. You can generally find good bee pollen at your local farmer’s market or natural food stores.
As for how much to consume…it’s typically recommended that you start out with a small dosage, you could try about 1 tsp, especially if you’ve never consumed bee pollen. Some individuals may have allergic reactions, so if you start to notice any kind of allergy symptoms after consuming bee pollen, discontinue use. Also, pregnant women are advised to not consume bee pollen.
Bee pollen can be added to a number of foods. The most common way to consume it, is to add ground pollen to items like smoothies (our favorite), yogurt, cottage cheese, honey, jams, and more. Typically, when you purchase bee pollen it’s in granule form, so you can blend it to create ground pollen.
While bee pollen may not look like much, the benefits are immense. We have only listed a few of the benefits, but there are many more! If you don’t already use it, it’s worth looking into.