I’ve covered bee pollen benefits in various places on this blog, but I’m still surprised at how many people write and ask me to explain where bee pollen comes from and what are its benefits.
Now this can be directed in one of two ways, they’re either asking with a view its physical origin of location, or how it actually comes to be as a substance.
Usually, people are directed to consume local bee pollen. Quite often the reason for this message is a little lost in translation. Sure there are benefits to consuming local bee pollen when considering allergies, but for the majority of reasons bee pollen is consumed – energy, stamina, immune system benefits, it’s point of origin has little bearing or impact.
Then of course, people want to know where it comes from, as in “where it comes from” !
Bee pollen is taken by honeybees from the stamen of flowers, the male reproductive part of the flower.
The honeybees compress the powder into granules and naturally combine it with honey from honey sacs. They collect, return to the hive, deposit then return to collect again, with a full colony of bees capable of carrying as many as 20,000 – 50,000 loads of pollen each day.
Humans collect the bee pollen using a special device positioned on the entry to the hive, it naturally and harmlessly removes the pollen deposits into a collection vessel. The bee pollen, as it is collected, contains debris, which must be filtered during processing. Eventually, the bee pollen granules can be freeze-packed or slightly dehydrated to reduce water content and extend shelf life.
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