Bee pollen is one of nature’s most powerful superfoods. The male seed of a flower blossom, it’s collected by honey bees and combined with the insects’ digestive enzymes. The pollen is a mixture of sticky pollen granules and contains nearly all the nutrients humans need to thrive, including protein.
If you haven’t been consuming bee pollen regularly, here are 14 reasons to consider starting now:
Relieving allergy symptoms
Bee pollen contains traces of a number of compounds known to trigger allergic reactions like hay fever. Allergists believe it may help lower sensitivity to local plant pollens, which in turn eases the effects of allergic reactions.
Dr. Leo Conway, M.D. of Denver, Colorado reported that after treating his patients with bee pollen, 94 percent were completely free of allergy symptoms, including everything from asthma to sinus problems.
Boosting the immune system
Bee pollen is believed to have the ability to significantly strengthen the immune system due to its potent vitamin B, C, D and E content as well as its variety of proteins, calcium, magnesium, selenium and cysteine content.
It’s also known to be good for intestinal flora, which further supports the immune system, as well as offering antibiotic-like properties that help protect one from catching infectious diseases, including the common cold and flu.
Increase energy levels
The combination of bee pollen’s protein, B vitamins and carbs are known to help keep you going longer by enhancing stamina and fighting fatigue.
Bee pollen is packed with enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes help the body to get essential nutrients you need from the food that you eat.
Clear your complexion
Bee pollen is frequently used in topical products developed to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis and eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin as well as aid in the regeneration of cells.
Fight premature aging
Bee pollen is said to be an amazing natural skin rejuvenator due to its high concentration of DNA and RNA nucleic acids and can even prevent premature aging of the cells.
Supporting respiratory health
Bee pollen is filled with antioxidants that may offer anti-inflammatory effects on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.
A 2011 study published in The Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, found that male rabbits that had been fed bee pollen experienced improved fertility and semen quality while young rabbits fed the substance experienced a higher survival rate. The researchers concluded that bee pollen is also likely to improve fertility and reproduction in humans.
Strengthen cardiovascular health
Analysis of bee pollen has found that it contains a large concentration of rutin, which is a bioflavonoid known to strengthen the blood vessels and capillaries, aiding circulatory issues and stabilizing cholesterol levels. Ruin also offers anti-clotting abilities that can help protect the body from stroke and heart attacks.
Bee pollen may aid weight loss and management efforts as it’s known to stimulate the metabolic process, increasing calorie burn and boosting the metabolism. It also contains a substance known as lecithin which helps dissolve and flush fat from the body.
Lessening recovery time
As bee pollen is believed to facilitate cellular regeneration and repair, it helps to shorten the recovery time from exercise and injury.
Reducing cancer risk
Bee pollen has been found to prevent and inhibit the growth of mutated cells that lead to diseases such as cancer.
Bee pollen is often used holistically for helping to heal addictions and inhibit cravings. It’s said to eliminate cravings for alcohol and drugs in addition to removing toxins and contamination from the body.
Enhance muscle mass
Due to its high vitamin, protein and iron content, more potent than most commercially-developed muscle building products and most other foods, bee pollen is known to enhance muscle mass and definition.
-The Alternative Daily