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Benefits of bee pollen!
by Patricia Kowal, Licensed Acupuncturist in Noosa
Bee pollen has been used for ages to maintain health and well being, non-synthetically. Learn more about the benefits of bee pollen and how you may use it for your health!
What is pollen compared with bee pollen?
Pollen is the dusty/powdery substances you notice on all flowers, it is the male seed of the plant that is required for fertilization. Often people confuse bee pollen with the airbourne pollen, causing annoying allergies. Bee pollen has a different scientific name than airbourne pollen, it is the dusty substance that sticks to the bees legs as they land on the flower.
Is bee pollen all natural?
Yes! Only honey bees are able to make bee pollen, therefore it is not possible to make them synthetically in a factory. Talk about an "all natural" super food! Unlike the vitamin supplements we take that have been synthetically manufactured, bee pollen contains everything the body needs to break it down (enzymes). With synthetically formulated vitamins, our body requires to locate the appropriate enzymes in order to process them into our system.
What are the benefits of bee pollen?
Bee pollen is an abundant source of protein and vitamin B12. Remarkably, it contains mostly all nutrients required by humans. If you are looking for an all natural multi-vitamin, look no further. Bee pollen can effectively offer you as many nutrients, and more, than a synthetically based multi-vitamin can.
Watch this YouTube clip on the benefits of Bee Pollen: www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2HEkTa1M3s
What is bee pollen used for?
Bee pollen has been used throughout the world for many different reasons: improving endurance, assisting in recovery from chronic illness, reducing cravings and addictions, extending longevity, regulating intestines, preventing the common cold and flu via antibiotic properties. It is also a remedy for hay fever and allergies (they say it needs to be taken six weeks before the pollen season, however I have seen patient's hay fever symptoms improve in the short term as well). Due to its high amount if B vitamins, it works well with lowering stress and boosting endurance. Some vegetarians use bee pollen for its high protein content.
How much bee pollen should I take?
Some people have allergic reactions to bee pollen. Start by taking one granule of pollen under your tongue to test for an allergic reaction. If none is detected, then place two granules under your tongue and let it fully dissolve. If no reaction occurs, slowly increase the dose to about 6 grams (about one teaspoon). Athletes seeking pollen for endurance and strength should increase the dosage to 10 - 15 grams per day.
How do I use bee pollen in my diet?
Bee pollen is more effective when taken with your meals. When taken with fruit it is known to cleanse the intentinal flora. This is perfect to add to your smoothies in the morning, you don't even know it's in there!
What are the possible side effects of bee pollen?
If you are allergic, or have had allergic reactions to bee stings in the past, you should be cautious with taking bee pollen. Possible side effects from bee pollen may be any of the following: itchy throat, runny nose, headache, sweating, tearing eyes, breathing issues, stomach and/or digestive distress. Follow the dosage guidelines above regarding taking one granule initially will help you recognize whether you are allergic or not.
Bee pollen fact sheet: free download!
Download this .PDF containing tons of information about bee pollen, its benefits, dosages, how its gathered and stored, and bee pollen products (propolis, royal jelly, etc.). Courtesy of JuiceFeasting.com.
Free Download: Bee Pollen Granules (courtesy of JuiceFeasting.com)
Please follow up with your practitioner if you are unsure or are having questions about the information contained in this material.
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