First off, you may be asking yourself “What is bee pollen?” and “Should we consume it?”
The answer: Bee pollen is actually a conglomeration of flower pollen, nectar, honey, wax, bee
secretions, and other enzymes. It is completely safe, and even beneficial, for you to consume!
Bee pollen is not the same thing as the honey you purchase in the cute little bear jars at the
store. In fact, bee pollen looks like small granules with a golden yellow color.
This substance has piqued the interest of those in the health community due to its high amount
of nutrients. Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health now recognizes bee pollen as a medicine.
Bee pollen is made up of primarily carbohydrates followed by protein, water, fats, and other
substances such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Let’s take a look at the potential health benefits of consuming bee pollen:
Protection From Disease: Bee pollen contains a vast variety of antioxidants, which protect your
body against free radicals. These free radicals have been associated with the development of
chronic diseases like cancer. Some studies show that the antioxidants in bee pollen can reduce
inflammation, eliminate harmful bacteria, fight infections, and inhibit the spread and growth of
tumors. The bee pollen’s antioxidant content is dependent on the plant source.
Immune Boost: Research studies have shown that consuming bee pollen may reduce the
severity and onset of allergies. Additionally, bee pollen may boost the body’s immune system
which can help you avoid illnesses. Research has found that bee pollen extract can kill harmful
bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and other bacteria that can cause staph infections.
Potential Anti-Cancer Properties: Although more human-based research is needed, there have
been positive test-tube studies completed that show bee pollen as a potential means to treat
and prevent cancer. Bee pollen from specific plants have shown anti-estrogen properties that
can lower the risk of breast, prostate, and uterine cancers. Human-based research studies are
still needed to prove the potential impacts on human cancer growth, but the research
previously done is positive!
Move Over, Menopause! Bee pollen to the rescue for women who are entering into
menopause! Menopause often comes with uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, mood
changes, and sleep disorders. A few studies have shown that bee pollen can ease symptoms
associated with menopause. In addition to improving menopausal symptoms, the bee pollen
supplement lowered LDL or “bad” cholesterol and raised HDL or “good” cholesterol.
Disclaimer: If you are allergic to pollen or bee stings, you will want to avoid consuming bee
pollen. There is evidence that consuming bee pollen may also negatively interact with blood
thinners. Finally, pregnant or nursing mamas should avoid bee pollen products due to the lack
of proof that it is totally safe for babies.
You can find bee pollen either in granule or supplemental form. You can purchase bee pollen at
a health food store or from your local beekeeper. Bee pollen is easy to incorporate into your
diet. At FreshVibes you will find it topped on our Intense Defense Superfood Smoothie! You can add this
to your favorite Morning Muffin or smoothie at FreshVibes.
Here’s another way to incorporate bee pollen into your lifestyle…
Cacao Magic Covered Bananas: