The natural health solution bee pollen has been touted for its health benefits. Ancient Greeks and Romans called it “ambrosia” and “life-giving dust,” and there are some today who believe that humans could live on bee pollen alone.
Pollen is the seed or grain of a flower blossom. There are two kinds of pollen grains - anemophile and entomophile grains. Anemophile grains are those that cause allergies in people, and these are not collected by bees. Bees do collect the heavier and stickier entomophile grains which are chock full of nutrients. When combined with special digestive enzymes and nectar, bee pollen is formed.
Bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and it is a complete protein - packed with all 22 amino acids. It contains more protein per gram than fish or meat, which makes it a great choice for vegetarians looking for an all-natural supplement to boost protein consumption.
In addition to its “super food” status in terms of nutrition, bee pollen is said to be a natural solution for many health problems.
- It helps regulate the digestive process, and it contains a natural antibiotic that destroys harmful bacteria in the intestines.
- Bee pollen helps to flush poisons and toxins from the body.
- Important phytochemicals like lycopene and beta-sitosterol, as well as many flavonoids found in bee pollen have proven to slow growth of prostate tissue and reduce inflammation and pain.
- It is said that bee pollen helps reduce cravings for alcohol and other drugs.
- Bee pollen has been espoused to boost fertility in women and sexual potency in men.
- As an immune system booster, bee pollen helps prevent communicable diseases, such as the flu and the common cold. It is even believed to slow the aging process.
- Bee pollen is said to help reduce symptoms of depression.
- Because of its detoxifying properties, bee pollen helps to lower blood pressure. It flushes impurities from the blood, allowing oxygen to reach body cells, including those in the brain.
- Lastly, many people swear by bee pollen’s ability to help relieve seasonal-allergy symptoms. Allergies cause the body to release antibodies or histamines. Bee pollen contains quercetin, which is known for its power to neutralize histamine response, providing relief from inflammation caused by hay fever and other allergies.
The Journal of Allergy reports:
74% of hay fever patients experienced an average 75% improvement in symptoms when supplemented orally with bee pollen.
17.8% of those with hay fever and 33.3% of asthma patients experienced marked improvement with oral bee pollen supplements.
A study published in the Journal of Phytotherapy Research in April 2009 studied mice that were fed bee pollen. The researchers from the Juntendo University School of Medicine in Japan found that active mast cells were reduced depending on amounts of bee pollen in the diet – the more bee pollen, the better the result. Mast cells cause the production and release of histamines with exposure to allergens. Histamines trigger inflammatory responses such as itching, runny nose, sneezing and coughing.
With so many potential health benefits, it might be wise to investigate bee pollen supplements, but always check with a health care professional in advance.