The amazing health benefits of bee pollen.
Bee Pollen. The key ingredient used by bees to create honey right? Wrong! This is the beautiful ingredient used by nature to pollinate flowers, in order to create more flowers. Our bees play a vital role in carrying this stuff from flower to flower while they are collecting nectar (which is what they are really after). Pollen however, never even typically makes its way back to a bee hive in a lot of cases. What pollen can do though, besides delivering our world with beautiful flowers, is provide us as people with an amazing natural superfood with incredible health benefits.
Bee pollen is one of the finest forms of plant based medicines and foods on the planet, with it being 35% protein, 55% carbohydrate (energy giving nutrient), and records of it being used medicinally dating back as far as 2500 years ago. However the question is still lingering of, what exactly are the health benefits of bee pollen?
Let me just name a few:
- Relieves inflammation
- Works as an antioxidant
- Boosts liver health
- Strengthens the immune system
- May ease symptoms of menopause
- Reduces stress
- Assists with speeding up healing
I first came across using bee pollen for its health benefits when I attended my local farmers market one weekend. One of the local farmers was extremely passionate about bees and honey, and my partner and I found ourselves entranced while listening to this man discuss the amazing benefits of various honeys and pollen, so I just had to pick myself up a jar.
Like always, following my interaction with this farmer, I conducted my own research and backed up what this farmer has informed me about bee pollen, with some genuine research, to which everything I had been told was confirmed. I have been hooked ever since and I now enjoy incorporating bee pollen into my diet multiple times per week.
How Can Bee Pollen Be Consumed?
This amazing and delicate superfood is most easily consumed in the form of a tea. Simply warm some water and mix in 1/2 a teaspoon of pollen and stir well. You will soon see that the pollen will disperse into the water, changing it to a murky brown colour. It is very important to make sure that the water is not too hot or you will burn the pollen and it may lose its nutrients.
I recently made a post, sharing my recipe for bee pollen tea here on my website.
TIP: If you are trying out bee pollen for the first time I recommend you start off with 1/4 teaspoon for the first week and then up the amount to 1/2 a teaspoon to avoid experiencing detox symptoms. (Please note: You may still experience detox symptoms, however this is what worked for me personally)
Where Can Be Pollen Be Purchased?
You can typically find bee pollen at bulk foods stores, however if you do not have a bulk foods store near you or your bulk food store simply does not stock bee pollen, it can usually be found online or maybe even at your local farmers market, which is where I first came across bee pollen.
Remember to always ensure that when you are purchasing foods of this kind, that you’re purchasing from a genuine company or store and always buy organic when you can, for the best possible quality.