At Healthy-food-life we’re about ‘bizziness’ at all times lol! Our focus is all about health, nutrition and consuming things as close to their natural state as possible. Our modern culture has moved so far away from nature it’s truly scary. With all the news on GMO’s and artificial/chemical ingredients flooding the food market etc. I often wonder what it is that we’re actually eating.
Thankfully, people for some time have been becoming more aware and taking a more mindful approach when it comes to the foods we’re ingesting. The honey bees have been suffering a decline in numbers and that will drastically affect our crops and food sources. The honeybees are responsible for the production of so many of our favorite foods and we would be at a serious loss without them.
This brings me to bee pollen.
Bee pollen is a super food made up of pellets that are full of millions of flower pollen grains. It takes bees a whole month to make this product. You may know about the advantages of eating raw honey. Manuka honey especially has some powerful natural antibiotic properties.
Bee pollen is considered so beneficial that the German Federal Board of Health recognizes it as medicine. – Resource – Healthline.com The following are 13 awesome reasons you should try bee pollen.
- Fight Inflammation and Win
Capillaries are the smallest blood vessels in the body. These little guys need constant restoration, which is possible through the body’s production of collagen.
One key component in the creation of collagen is rutin, which is a bioflavonoid that helps synthesize collagen. According to Russian researchers, bee pollen happens to contain one of the highest concentrations of this bioflavonoid.
The capillaries use collagen to stay strong and increase elasticity, meaning inflammation could be reduced and prevented. Wondering what inflammation of the capillaries can lead to?
Well, inflamed capillaries can cause hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
- Salmonella Bows Down to the Bee
You know how discomforting salmonella can be. This infectious bacteria makes its way into the body through contaminated food and causes all sorts of trouble.
This includes issues like diarrhea, fevers, chills, and abdominal pain. The issue could go as far as dehydration or blood in the stool. It is a horrible infection that no one wants to experience.
If you are thinking of using bee pollen, you should know that researchers found that this bee product is extremely efficient at killing this particular type of bacteria. The full report on how effective bee pollen is was published on the PubMed site.
- Bee Pollen Makes the Heart and Blood Shout for Joy
The blood and heart can shout when they are happy, and their happiness comes from healthy blood circulation. Mercola points out the role bee pollen plays in the health of the blood and blood circulation; it is helpful due to some of its natural properties.
- Relieves stress
In Chinese medicine, bee pollen is one of the nutritive tonics that prolong life.
And with these tonic properties, provision of blood to your nervous system is improved and your mind becomes more alert.
With its sunshine vitamin content, bee pollen has a way of enhancing your mood and relieving your stress after a long, long day at work.
- Acts as an Energy Booster
Besides its high content of vitamin B, these honeybee golds are rich in rutin – an antioxidant that enhances the cardiovascular function. Thus, it can increase your energy up to 25%.
Some athletes even take bee pollen supplements before a competition to heighten their stamina and to fight off fatigue.
- Helps weight loss
While there are tons of other natural weight loss foods available, bee pollen is the one you should definitely consider.
It has the ability to stabilize chemical imbalances in your metabolism, thus keeping you away from abnormal weight gain.
Aside from speeding up the burning of calories, a single pellet of this honeybee gold can also curb your unhealthy cravings.
These golden granules may be added to your salad to help you lose weight.
- Relieves menopausal symptoms
Although a woman at 40 and nearing her menopausal stage could rejoice about not getting menstrual cramps anymore, there prevails a little feeling of fear in her.
This is because of all the symptoms brought by the menopausal stage.
Aside from the emotional change brought by the coming of age, some symptoms are vaginal dryness, weight gain, dry skin, and most especially, a higher risk of diseases and complications.
But bee pollens also have the ability to relieve menopausal symptoms.
A 2015 study conducted in Germany found that both honey and bee pollen honey improved menopausal complaints in breast cancer patients on antihormonal treatment. Over two-thirds of the patients who completed the study reported an improvement in their symptoms.
Through research, it has been found that both honey and pollen have flavonoids that could prevent breast cancer.
- Treats allergies
While hay fever is caused by pollen, bee pollen can boost your immune system and help in the treatment of allergies.
These honeybee gold should be taken six weeks before the season, depending on which pollen you are allergic to.
A technique called desensitization administers allergens in the body to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies that will eliminate the allergic reaction.
Leo Conway, M.D., of Denver Colorado, treated his patients with pollen. Dr. Conway reported: “All patients who had taken the antigen [pollen] for three years remained free from all allergy symptoms, no matter where they lived and regardless of diet. Control has been achieved in 100 percent of my earlier cases and the field is ever-expanding.”
- Cures Infertility problems
When you want to have a child but you can’t, try adding bee pollen to your diet.
As a hormonal booster, bee pollen has the capacity to stimulate and restore your ovarian function. It can increase your chances of ovulation and egg production. It can also improve the ability of eggs to withstand incubation.
This way, you can open a possibility of pregnancy.
- Strengthens Immune System
Bee pollens have antioxidants that protect the cells from damaged cells and free radicals.
And aside from the fact that pollen is good for your intestinal flora, it also has antiviral properties, thus boosting your immune system.
A 2014 study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology evaluated eight brands of bee pollen purchased from the market. All of the samples exhibited antimicrobial activity.
- Nourishes your skin
There is much truth in the saying that beauty is only skin-deep. But it wouldn’t hurt if we also do things to keep our skin healthy and younger looking.
Because of the vitamins, enzymes, and all other nutrients in bee pollen, it can dramatically delay your wrinkles and smoothen your skin to give you a glowing look.
Dr. Lars-Erik Essen, dermatologist says, “Through transcutaneous nutrition, bee pollen exerts a profound biological effect. It seems to prevent premature aging of the cells and stimulates growth of new skin tissue. It offers effective protection against dehydration and injects new life into dry cells. It smooths away wrinkles and stimulates a life-giving blood supply to all skin cells.”
- Heals you effectively
It has been known that these bee pollen can be anti-inflammatory. You can even use bee pollen as an ointment to get a quick home remedy for burns. Its antimicrobial activity can also aid the healing process of a wound or burn.
But more than that, studies show that this honeybee gold can treat cancer as it increases the levels of blood lymphocytes, gamma globulin, and proteins.
- Serves as a dietary supplement
Using this gold as a dietary supplement can also aid in nutritional deficiencies as it did in a study conducted among animals.
So for moms who are concerned about their kids’ health, especially those who lack appetite and who are malnourished, feed them some bee pollen. From that alone, your kids can get a number of nutrients needed to sustain life.