The Benefits of Bee Pollen.
Nature has a bountiful hand and has delivered to us the many benefits of bee pollen. This substance has been shown to have many potential health benefits and to be useful to our health and wellbeing in a variety of ways*
Bee Pollen and Arthritis – Unfortunately, many people often as they enter middle age begin to suffer from a range of health problems. One of the most potentially debilitating is arthritis. While some people may only experience modest pain or stiffness in their hands, other people suffer greatly from pains in the major joints of their bodies. Pain relievers can do only so much, and prescription anti-inflammatory medications can produce serious side effects, such as diabetes, weight gain and bone density loss. One of the many common benefits of Bee Pollen is to diminish the swelling and discomfort associated with arthritis, where it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities and help reduce the sometimes debilitating effects of this disease.
Bee Pollen and Cardiovascular Health – Heart disease is a major problem in every part of the world. While significant steps have been made medically to treat heart disease, Bee Polen may have properties which help to keep your heart stronger and healthier proactively. One of the uses and benefits of Bee Pollen that pertains to the heart is that it is understood to have the capacity to lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart problems which may lead to serious conditions with your health.
Bee Pollen and Cholesterol – Another commonly associated benefit of Bee Pollen is that it might help control bad cholesterol. Plaque from cholesterol can cause a narrowing of the arteries and lead to heart attack and stroke, but Bee Pollen may have the ability to lower cholesterol and contribute to better heart health.
Bee Pollen and Mental Health – Bee Pollen supplements are thought by many to provide some support to brain function. The memory may be strengthened and the ability to concentrate and focus may increase. This is a multi-pronged benefit, arising from the effects the substance may have on blood circulation and also the ability to assist in stress reduction.
One of the uses of Bee Pollen that will be appreciated by an older person is that it may help to speed up the recovery time after a serious illness or surgery. Older people typically have a more difficult time ‘bouncing back’ from surgery and bee pollen might provide some support in helping a speedy recovery.
Bee Pollen and Allergy Control – Allergies can make life miserable for anyone who suffers from them. Hay fever season can reduce the strongest man to a sneezing, runny-eyed wreck. Food allergies can upset the digestive system and cause a range of symptoms from diarrhea, rashes, and constipation to a full blown case of celiac disease.
Bee Pollen has been used by doctors to help alleviate the worst symptoms of allergies. Treatment will generally be started before the allergy season begins, to give the body time to adjust. Taking the substance, at first in small dosages, may help to desensitize the body to allergens in general, so that when ragweed pollen strikes the nose, the body is better able to withstand it. It is generally advisable to use Bee Pollen for the duration of the allergy season, and many patients claim to have been freed from the miseries of hay fever for years on end. More on bee pollen and allergies
Aging, Complexion and Skin – While many uses of Bee Pollen gravitate to the internal functions of the body, Bee Pollen and other bee products like royal jelly, can also help all of us present a more lovely face to the world! Bee Pollen supplements have been found to clear and brighten the complexion, which makes sense given that when your body is working better inside, this health will be reflected externally.
New skin is produced more easily and the effects of drying and wrinkling may be minimized when Bee Pollen is consumed as part of your daily diet. The blood supply to the body’s skin may be augmented when pollen is consumed – this means that your skin cells are receiving more nutrients themselves and will in turn be healthier and stronger.
Bee Pollen may even reverse some of the effects of aging on the skin, making your skin look younger and more vital. It may also help in the many cases of adolescents who have acne – bee pollen has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities, and has been proven very useful in dealing with the eruptions of this type of skin condition.
Bee Pollen and Weight Loss – much has been written about the capacity of this substance to help in weight loss and weight regulation. Of course some common sense needs to be used as there is no such thing as a diet and weight loss pill. Using bee pollen as part of a diet and exercise regimen can in fact provide you with beneficial weight loss/regulation and help you keep the pounds off. Please check out our guest article, where a reader shares his personal weight loss journal and shows us how bee pollen helped him lose a remarkable 90+ pounds of fat, and regain his youthful vitality. Read this weight loss journal here.
Side – effects of bee pollen – As with any form of new dietary supplementation, there can be negative reactions and side effects, particularly if you are already susceptible to allergies. It’s important to recognize these side effects and have help in managing any issues.
As with all vitamin supplements its important to source your products from reputable suppliers which invariably means domestic USA products. Remember that bee pollen is not classed as a vitamin supplement, it’s actually classified as a ‘food’ and therefore all food handling regulations come into play. To cut a long story short, it’s common for some manufacturers to handle pollen storage and processing like other fresh food products and treat it with heat, in a process similar to pasteurization. Clearly this isn’t beneficial to the nutrient content and it should be avoided at all costs.
So make sure you buy from a reputable supplier who specialize in bee product handling, so you can experience the full benefits.