Bee Pollen Benefits, Facts and Information –
For centuries bee pollen has held a legendary place of honor on the apothecary shelf. According to the American Apitherapy Society, ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese, boasted about the therapeutic and nutritional benefits of the pollen collected by the industrious bees. The cave etchings of primitive man show the use of bees in medical treatments. Even some of the best-known healers of the past, including Hippocrates and Pythagoras, prescribed the golden bee pollen gems to their patients.While bee pollen collected from bees’ hives was highly prized by ancient medical practitioners, modern professionals continue to value the super-nutrient. Doctors and scientists from around the world, including the U.S., Russia, Germany, Romania and Switzerland continue to research the use of apitherapy, the use of bee products for medicinal purposes, in patients with illnesses and conditions ranging from arthritis and gout to tendonitis and severe wounds.
Bee pollen is collected from various pollinating plants by honey bees. The bees take the yellow, powdery substance back to the hive and literally pack it into the cells of the honeycomb. The bees then add nectar, enzymes, fungi, bacteria and other organisms that transform the pollen into compact nuggets, sometimes called “bee bread.” These nuggets differ in their nutritional components depending on the plant from which the pollen was taken. Generally, the substance consists of about 55 percent carbohydrates, 35 percent protein, 3 percent minerals and vitamins, 2 percent fatty acids, and about 5 percent of other components. It’s high protein content makes it especially attractive as a weight loss supplement. Of course this isn’t the only substance collected from the hive. The Queens own Royal jelly with benefits to health,along with bee propolis glue and natural honey are also gifted to us from the remarkable home of the honeybee.
Bee pollen granules also contains almost all B complex vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, folic acid, and carotenoids, as well as several minerals, trace elements, essential fatty acids, enzymes and amino acids. At just 90 calories per ounce, bee pollen is almost nature’s perfect food.
Bee Pollen is the male seed of flowers, created in the stamen within the blossom of the plant. Honeybees collect the pollen and during the collection process it is combined with secretions from the bee, as it is worked from the stamen of the plant. The bee uses it’s tongue and mandibles to collect the pollen, it then brushes the pollen from around it’s mouth area using it’s forelegs and moves the now sticky substance towards it’s second pair of legs. The worker bee assembles a mass of pollen, all of which has been mixed with the bee secretion and moved to storage on the bees body and legs. When the bee has collected sufficient pollen it returns to the beehive to deposit the load.
What is the chemical composition? Because of the plant origin of bee pollen the actual chemical composition of will vary depending on location and season. Regardless of regional and seasonal variations, the product is very rich in B Vitamins 1,2,3,5,6 and B 12, contains Vitamin C, A and E along with Carotenoids and Folic acid.
It also includes collagen and lecithin. Lecithin is associated with the dissolution of body fats and is an effective constituent of bee pollen that can help with weight loss and weight control. It contains all of the essential components of life. The percentage of rejuvenating elements in bee pollen remarkably exceeds those present in brewer’s yeast and wheat germ.
Examinations of the origin of collected pollen indicate that the honeybees only collect pollens which are rich in nitrogenous matter (amino acids), leaving lesser quality pollen behind.
Around 20% of bee pollen is composed of amino acids and proteins, and it is extremely rich in Rutin.
It is a rich source of minerals, including magnesium, calcium, copper, manganese and more.
Bee Pollen and our health – A complete food in every sense of the word, extensive tests have concluded that life can be sustained on an exclusive diet of bee pollen and water alone.
Research from the Royal Society of Naturalists stated -“The nutritional tests supervised by the station at Bures on hundreds of mice have demonstrated that BP is a complete food, that it is possible to let several generations be born and live without the least sign of distress, while nourishing them exclusively on bee pollen”.
The list of potential benefits to health is simply vast. Here are some of the more common associated health benefits of bee pollen:
weight loss / appetite suppressant
sexual function / impotence / infertility
immune system booster
anti aging / longevity
Bee pollen as a dietary supplement may help us in many ways. It is taken by many people to supplement the nutrients that are deficient in our diet, nutrients which are important not just for raw energy, but also for their ability to remove harmful ‘free-radicals’ or toxins from our body.
Clinical tests have proven it to be effective in combating the effects of hay fever and other airborne allergens. [bee pollen and allergies] In a clinical test, bee pollen was given to individuals suffering from hay fever allergies. It was given over a period and was found to desensitize people from the effects of hay fever and other allergies.
It may help with many conditions including obesity. Its ability to act as an appetite suppressant and also a general craving suppressant, makes it popular amongst people looking to loose weight or even quit smoking*. [bee pollen and weight loss]
Many athletes around the world attribute their successes in large to using bee pollen as an effective energy/stamina supplement.
Steve Reddick – GOLD MEDALIST on the US Relay Team at the Montreal Games 1976 says: “It gives me a lot more energy too. I used to take honey but this Bee Pollen is far better. I take 3 pills a day”
Taking bee pollen may also help reduce the effects of stress and aid digestive system function.
Dr. Carlson Wade in his book ‘About Pollen’ states: “[it] contains a gonadotrophic hormone similar to the pituitary hormone, gonadotrophin, which functions as a sex gland stimulant. The healing, rejuvenating and disease-fighting effects of this total nutrient are hard to believe, yet are fully documented. Aging, digestive upsets, prostate diseases, sore throats, acne, fatigue, sexual problems, allergies and a host of other problems have been successfully treated by the use of bee pollen“.
It has been taken for centuries to assist in body system regulation and to provide a tonic for reproductive systems, male and female. Providing energy and stamina, it is also considered to assist in alleviating infertility and impotence, particularly when combined with honey and royal jelly.
A note on prostate disorders: Clinical research suggests that it can reduce prostrate enlargement and painful symptoms associated with prostate disease.
Dallas Clouatre, Ph.D. is a researcher and author of ‘Flower Pollen for Prostate Health’. In his book he reports that controlled BP consumption among men with prostate problems results in significant improvement and alleviation of symptoms. Specifically, “less nighttime urination, improved bladder emptying, and reduced prostate discomfort”.
A Swedish study has also concluded that bee pollen can significantly affect inflammation and swelling of the prostate gland. Dn Gosta Leander conducted a double-blind controlled study of 93 patients in which a placebo was given to 43 men, and bee pollen to the remaining 50. Forty-six men out of the fifty who took the substance were successfully treated, while the control group did not experience any significant improvement.
Many experts believe that the natural hormones contained in bee pollen, along with a wide range of nutrients, magnesium, essential fatty acids and zinc, help to support the male urinary and reproductive systems. It is generally considered that men over the age of thirty could benefit from bee pollen’s ability to help prevent the onset of prostate disorders.
How is it processed? The beehive is a remarkably efficient workplace constructed and operated in a way that has remained unchanged for millions of years. The beehive contains a brood chamber where the Queen bee lays her eggs. The brood chamber is the larger of several chambers within the beehive, the smaller chambers are where the worker bees store the honey and pollen.
The pollen is collected in “pollen traps”. In commercial hives, these traps are created by the beekeeper and consist of mesh wire with small apertures which brush the legs of the bee as it enters the hive. The pollen granules then fall into a tray, which is removed by the beekeeper.
In most cases, little or no ‘processing’ is performed on the product after it is removed from the hive in its granulated state. It is purged or sifted of any foreign particles, and then packaged and often frozen.
A more convenient way of consuming the product is in capsule form. If processed correctly, it contains all of the nutritional content of the raw pollen but has a much longer shelf-life, typically 3 or 4 years. It has no regulatory status, it is considered a food and not a herb or vitamin supplement. There are no guidelines for effective daily dosages, but many people take upwards of 5000mg per day.
Bee pollen is a nutritive power-house providing a vast array of potential benefits to our health. Termed a ‘super-food’ and labeled by ancient cultures as ‘The Food of the Gods’, bee pollen contains all of the essential nutrients to sustain life.
An email to our customer service department from Jean Rodgers in Colorado…
“I read about this product online while looking for supplements that could help with weight loss. The thing I find best about yours is that it seems to act as an appetite suppressant. I take it about an hour before regular meals and I seem to eat less….working great so far, just as described – thanks!”