With over 250 biological (healthy) substances, you can see why it is considered a superfood.
Learn more about superfoods in this series.
What is it this miracle food? It’s bee pollen and I bet now you’re wondering what the heck is bee pollen and what are the benefits of eating bee pollen?
Bee Pollen is flower pollen, nectar, bee secretions (ewww), enzymes, honey and wax all rolled into one little granule.
Health Benefits of Bee Pollen
A single serving (1 Tbsp (5g)) contains:
1g dietary fiber
Why is Bee Pollen a Superfood?
These little granules (bee pollen also comes in powder form) contain 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids and 10 amino acids. The benefits of eating bee pollen go on and on, check it out below.
Antioxidants – including flavonoids, carotenoids, quercetin, kaempferol, and glutathione – these all work together to help reduce oxidative stress by battling those pesky free radicals in the body.
Vitamins and Minerals – bee pollen provides us with:
- Vitamin A – needed for healthy skin and mucus membranes as well as to support a healthy immune system and good eye health
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin) – helps body use carbohydrates as energy and is important for balancing blood sugar levels
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – helps the body break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Without this vitamin, our body has a hard time maintaining its energy supply.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) – helps our bodies to process protein, fats, and carbohydrates as well as helps our bodies to make serotonin and norepinephrine which are hormones responsible for mood regulation and helping the body to cope with stress.
- Vitamin C – needed for the body to form collagen, repair and maintain cartilage, to heal wounds and form scar tissue, helps strengthen the immune system
- Vitamin D – needed to maintain healthy teeth and bones, supports brain health, the immune system, the nervous system, lung function, and cardiovascular health
- Vitamin E – acts as an antioxidant in our bodies helping to prevent damage caused by free radicals. It’s also important to support good vision and reproduction.
- Calcium – needed for bone, muscle, and nerve development
- Iron – helps in transporting oxygen through the body, kinda important
- Zinc – our immune systems needs zinc for cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates
- Potassium – helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals
- Phosphorus – important for bone development and tissue maintenance
- Magnesium – this mineral is important for like a gazillion processes in the body so you definitely need it
- Manganese – important for metabolism, growth and development
- Selenium – important for cognitive function, male and female fertility and a healthy immune system
Protein – bee pollen is 23% protein which is more than any animal source (Dr. Axe).
A word of caution, just like honey, bee pollen shouldn’t be given to babies or consumed if you are pregnant.
What is Bee Pollen Good For?
*I am not a medical professional nor claim to be one. I cannot guarantee that bee pollen helps with these conditions. Please consult a medical professional to determine if it is right for you.*
So we’ve already determined that bee pollen is full of all kinds of good stuff that your body needs but what kinds of illnesses and conditions may be helped by incorporating bee pollen into your regular diet?
- reduces inflammation
- protects against liver toxicity
- boosts the immune system with antimicrobial/antiviral/antifungal properties
- dietary supplement for people who are malnourished or have nutritional deficiencies
- helps relieve stress
- promotes healing – stimulates blood supply to all skin cells
- helps detoxify the body
- promotes good skin – reduces the appearance of wrinkles
Y’all know I don’t do science. For more information on medical benefits, I find Dr. Axe’s website to be extremely informational however, I would encourage you to consult your medical professional to determine what is right for your specific condition and circumstances.
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Where Can I Buy Bee Pollen?
You can actually find bee pollen at the regular grocery store, I buy mine at Kroger. If you want to use it to combat allergies, just like with honey, you may want to buy it locally so it’s coming from local bees buzzing around those plants that you’re allergic to so that will help to desensitize your body to those allergens.
As far as I can find, that is not a scientifically proven statement and who’s to say the bees are buzzing around the specific plants you’re allergic to. I can get local bee pollen in my grocery store so that’s what I choose.
If you don’t have seasonal allergies or that’s not important you you, you’re in luck. Conveniently, you can also buy them right here right now on Amazon so you don’t even have to leave your chair.
How to Consume Bee Pollen
I buy my bee pollen in granule form so in our house we sprinkle it in/on:
This advice will be a ‘do as I say, not as I do’. I’ve read that you should start small, just a few granules at a time under the tongue to dissolve or you can chew them. If there’s no reaction, double for a week.
The first time I had bee pollen, I just sprinkled some in a smoothie and went on with my day.
If you want to add it to your daily regimen, take 1-2 heaping tsps daily.
If you want to try bee pollen to support your health during allergy season, it’s best to begin taking about 1 TBSP before the start of allergy season in your area.
Notice I didn’t tell you how far in advance? That’s because I’ve read everything from 2 weeks to 6 months so there doesn’t seem to be a concrete answer.
As with all of these ‘superfoods’, you really do need to take them daily to reap the benefits.
How to Store Bee Pollen
Bee pollen needs to be kept out of direct sunlight and stored in a cool, dark place. I keep mine in the pantry but you cold also keep it in the refrigerator or freezer.
Is bee pollen a staple in your diet? Do you have some in the pantry? Comment below and let me know how you incorporate it into your diet and if you haven’t yet tried it, will you?
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