Health Benefits of Bee Pollen and Honey—What's the Buzz About?
Imagine that you are a honey bee. Your weight is about 90 milligrams or one tenth of a gram and you can lift half of your own weight in pollen and nectar. You're about one inch in length unless you're the queen. You also have five eyes and can fly up to 15 miles per hour. You share your hive with 50,000 other bee friends.
You can produce 2 pounds of delicious, nutritious honey by tapping into approximately two million flowers and you travel 50,000 miles to do so.
You have 6 segmented legs which help you to store pollen. Your keen sense of smell helps you to protect your hive by sniffing out intruders in the event that other bees carrying an unmatched sent may bring harm to the queen.
Without you, the world would be in bad shape because you are the leading pollinators helping to produce food crops.
How a Bee Produces Honey
Get a Load of These Pollen Benefits
People suffering from allergies can use pollen to help stop those annoying and uncomfortable symptoms. I tried just about every OTC allergy medicine on the market before trying organic bee pollen. After a full 8 weeks using bee pollen my allergies were gone. I was skeptical at first but stuck with the pollen. I'm glad I did.
Additional benefits for taking bee pollen are:
- Helps with Asthma.
- Helps with the control of Alcoholism
- Helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Nausea is one of the biggest side effects.
- Enhances athletic ability and stamina.
- Reduces joint pain and the discomfort of arthritis.
- Highly nutritious
- May help ward off the effects of aging.
- Bee pollen is richer in protein than any other animal source.
- When bee pollen is given to anemic patients, their levels of hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying red blood cells) increase considerably.
- Normalizes cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.
- Boosts energy levels.
- Contains enzymes that can aid in digestion
- Supports the Cardiovascular System
What Is Bee Pollen?
Bee pollen is found in the male seed of flowers. Pollen boasts that it is 40% protein. These busy bees collect pollen in their corticula or pollen basket found on the hind legs. The pollen serves as food for the bee hive community.
The amazing thing about bee pollen is - It is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. When you get your pollen fresh you'll be getting 20 or more amino acids and these guys are the building blocks of protein.
Be sure to purchase 100% bee pollen with no other added ingredients. It requires no refrigeration. Bee pollen is also available in capsules and absorbs into the body just as fast as granules.
Don't confuse bee pollen with allergy causing pollen. They are not the same thing.
Bees are responsible for the pollination of more than 80 percent of green growing things.
Can Honey Replace Antibiotics?
“The stomachs of wild honey bees are full of healthy lactic acid bacteria that can fight bacterial infections in both bees and humans.
We have preliminary, unpublished results which show that this could be a new tool to complement or even replace antibiotics “.
Two recent personal experiences tend to bare truth to this claim. Our cat,Tika, proudly strolled into the kitchen one day after spending a good deal of time out doors. We noticed a small tear on her belly. After cleaning the damaged area we called the vet. He was completely booked but suggested applying honey to the wound. Sure enough kitty's boo-boo healed right up.
The next encounter had to do with myself. I managed to grow a very painful sore in my mouth just inside one cheek. After trying several natural remedies with no success I decided to dab a little honey on the sore just before bedtime. When I awoke the next morning, much to my surprise the sore was almost gone. So I did this again the following night. The next day the sore had disappeared.
I'm a believer.
Pollen Trap Bee Hives, Propolis Honey Bees
How Does the Bee Gather Pollen?
Honey bees are extremely hard workers. Gathering honey is not for the faint of heart. The next time you pour yourself 1 teaspoon of honey think about the one honey bee working 8 hours a day for one month to provide this food for you.
These worker bees use every part of their body to gather pollen. The jaws and front legs scrape off the powdery pollen as soon as they land on a flower. In addition to scraping off the pollen the bee then moistens the powder with a bit of honey which is carried during flight when leaving the hive.
During the return trip home the bee is still working. Using its legs, which are called pollen combs, the bee keeps busy brushing the pollen powder from its legs and coat. And bees actually have a pollen basket for collecting the golden powder.
The bee completes its mission by carrying the pollen back to the hive which is used as food for the entire colony.
When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.
How to Take Pollen
It's best to begin with a small dose if you've never taken bee pollen. You want to build up a tolerance and make sure you aren't allergic. For this reason, start with just 1 or 2 granules placed under your tongue and allow this amount to completely dissolve. If all goes well increase the dosage to 2 or 3 for the next day and stay at this dose for a full week.
Bee pollen is also found in capsule form and works just as well as granules. If you decide to go this route on day 1 open the capsule and take out a small amount of powder. Mix this in your favorite juice, smoothie or cereal. On the second day increase the amount and stay with this for a week. This will help you build up a tolerance.
Once you know you can tolerate bee pollen, you are ready to take 1 or 2 teaspoons each day. If you've decided to go with capsules the recommended amount is 1000 to 2000 mg per day.
Take it at breakfast to give you a good start for the day. It can be added to your favorite drink, added to a smoothie or sprinkled on cereal. Do not heat the pollen. Heat will destroy the nutrients.
Bee pollen is more effective and acts faster when taken with fruit. This combination serves as a gentle cleansing of the intestinal flora because the fruit fibers reinforce the activity of the fresh pollen. It can also be taken with meals.
Always check with your doctor before taking bee pollen for the first time
Top Tips to Remember
- Honey - Try using a small amount of honey as an antibiotic for small and minor cuts or sores.
- Respect the bee population.
- Buy organic, locally grown honey and bee pollen to assure you are getting pesticide-free products.
- Take bee pollen with meals, preferably fruit.
- It takes approximately 6 weeks to recognize results from taking bee pollen.
- Allergic reactions are possible from consuming bee pollen so begin with just 1-2 granules..
- Always check with your doctor before starting a bee pollen regimen.
The time has come when we are turning to alternative medicine more than ever before. My own health has improved significantly as I introduced my body to natural foods and a plant-based diet combined with a daily walking program. I began taking bee pollen one year ago and the results have been astonishing. After suffering with very low levels of energy I now have energy to spare.
Bee pollen may improve your own health. Studies have shown the following benefits when taking this highly nutritious food:
- May help with hay fever and allergen symptoms.
- Reduces the side effects of chemo therapy which can leave the patient nauseated.
- Helps to reduce joint pain and arthritis.
- Contains enzymes that can aid in digestion.
- Normalizes triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the blood.
- Richer in protein than any other animal source.
- Boosts energy levels.
- Supports the cardiovascular system.
- Benefits those with osteoporosis.
- Helps to control alcoholism
It is considered one of nature's most complete nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans.
When starting bee pollen for the first time start with only 1-2 granules and gradually increase to allow your body to build up a tolerance. This super food is best taken with fruit at breakfast.
Warning: Always check with a doctor before taking bee pollen for the first time. Bee pollen is not advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Bee pollen may also lead to increased bleeding, especially for people taking blood thinners such as warfarin.
What Would You Like To See Added To This Hub?
Bees are on of the hardest working insects. We can all learn the value of keeping busy from these little workers. One way we can get busy is to help bees by growing certain plants:
- California Poppy
- Pepper Trees
Do not kill bees. When you find bees swarming in your yard just wait a day or two. They're most likely on their way to finding a better place.
Our bees are now on the decline. We depend on them for food. Help save the bees in your area.
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Good health and happy living.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2016 Audrey Hunt