(NaturalHealth365) There’s good reason the phrases “worker bee” and “busy bee” were coined. As some of nature’s hardest working insects, the humble honey bee pollinates about one-third of the world’s food supply.
But, that’s not all these valuable creatures contribute to our health and well-being. Honey bees make pollen to nourish young bees. However, pollen is also one of nature’s most nearly perfect foods, containing most nutrients humans require as well.
Why is bee pollen considered a superfood?
Bee pollen is about 40 percent protein, and a good source of free amino acids and vitamin B-complex. These nutrients are essential for improving stamina and fighting fatigue.
According to Gabriel Cousens, M.D., health benefits derived from honey bee pollen are frequently overlooked, yet bee pollen is one of his 22 most recommended foods for energy.
While clinical studies are somewhat lacking on bee pollen, there is no denying the nutrients found in bee pollen – vitamins, protein and antioxidants – have long been identified as beneficial to human health. The use of bee pollen has also been linked to weight loss and ending addictions, possibly because of the impact on lessening impulsive behaviors.
Before you eat bee pollen – educate yourself
As with any (new) natural food or supplement, it’s always a good idea to begin slowly, in small amounts, to ensure your body does not have an allergic reaction to bee pollen. For those concerned about an allergic reaction – start by eating only a few pellets of bee pollen per day and see how you feel.
Let’s take a closer look at its likely health benefits.
Bee pollen prevents stroke and heart attacks
Rutin is an antioxidant bioflavonoid found in honey bee pollen. This antioxidant is known to strengthen capillaries and blood vessels, improve circulatory problems, and aid in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.
Its strong anti-clotting powers could even help prevent a heart attack or stroke.
Honey bee pollen reduces inflammation and respiratory ailments
Flaky, itchy irritable skin conditions can be miserable. But with its store of amino acids and vitamins, bee pollen makes an effective topical treatment for a host of common skin irritations, from eczema to psoriasis. The pollen pellets soothe and protect inflamed skin, helping to regenerate damaged skin cells.
Pollen’s anti-inflammatory properties may also alleviate the frequent urges to urinate, a troublesome symptom for men suffering from benign hyperplasia.
Bee pollen can eliminate allergies
Honey bee pollen is also believed to reduce the effects of histamine, calming allergies, according to Dr. Lee Conway, M.D., who credits pollen for making 94 percent of his patients allergy-free.
Bee pollen’s anti-inflammatory effects can act on lung tissues, possibly preventing asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Boost your immunity and improve the digestive system.
Add enzymes – which play an important role in healthy digestion by helping your body get all the nutrients from foods you eat – to the list of helpful nutrients found in bee pollen.
Bee pollen is also beneficial to intestinal flora, key to ensuring a healthy immune system. According to many holistically-minded health experts, bee pollen acts much like an antibiotic to safeguard the body from disease. Its antioxidants also protect cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.
Can bee pollen improve fertility?
For those struggling with infertility, bee pollen can help to stimulate and restore ovarian function, improving fertility. The pollen is not only a hormonal booster, but an aphrodisiac as well.
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