I’m letting you into one of my foodie secrets today. A slight diversion from my regular travel and restaurant recommendations posts. If healthy eating is part of your 2017 plan you may appreciate this new year tip.
It all starts with that flying insect. The bee. Don’t you just love them?! Now think about that question before you give your answer. Apart from the potential sting factor the fuzzy buzzy creatures are right up there with the natural world’s stars: Honey, royal jelly, propolis and pollinating our plants to keep our ecosystem ticking. Bringing us neatly to my favourite one-stop-shop health revitaliser – Bee pollen.
The tiny golden beads have been a part of my diet for around a year and half. My search to fill my body with vitamins and boost my immune system in one hit led me to this magical substance. Since becoming a pollen junkie with my morning spoonful every morning I’ve noticed a real difference.
Jam packed with 22 amino acids, enzymes, coenzymes, B vitamins, fatty acids, minerals and plenty more. The granules have a major selling point for vegetarians too. It’s an incredible source of protein and richer in protein than any animal source. In fact it contains 50% more than beef yet it’s fat content is very low. Win-Win fellow veggies!
Now you may be asking, what the hell is bee pollen? Well, in a nutshell, the pollen collected from the flowers by the busy bees is mixed with their saliva (Mmmm yum!) and formed into granules. Voila! My natural morning supplement is born.
Here are seven benefits this wonder food can add to your daily life:
We could all do with a bit more zig-a-zig-ahh in our lives. The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes its natures own energizer. The B vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and protein keep you going all day pepping up your stamina. It’s definitely helped me fight my daily dreaded afternoon slump.
Boost the immune system
According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses. Ta-ra cold!
Anti-aging & skin soother
This is probably one of my main reasons for including this sweet nectar into my diet. Bee pollen is packed with antioxidants which help battle free radicals caused from stress, pollutants and environmental toxins It can even prevent many signs of premature aging including wrinkles and haggard-looking skin. It’s high levels of vitamin C and skin-repairing vitamin E makes it one of the best beauty foods around, helping you with that healthy glowy complexion you’ve always dreamt about. Give me a truckload!
The enzymes can aid in digestion and help the body get all the nutrients you need from food consumed. Anything to help speed up the weight of biscuits and chocolates sitting in my belly whilst sitting chained to the desk. It’s also been known to increase fat burning and speed up metabolism. More cake, anyone?
Helps relieve stress
Who’s going to say no to some natural stress relief? God knows we all suffer from it time-to-time or (erm) all of the time! The nutritional and tonic properties helps improve blood supply to the nervous tissue, boosting mental capacity and strengthening the nervous system which can both be weakened by stress.
Midnight bloggers, mummies, party animals – all take note! With its natural anti-inflammatory properties from the flavanoids, it can also help combat puffiness. Be gone bags under the eyes!
For centuries bee pollen has been used as a folk remedy for various allergies. As crazy as this sounds you can experience relief from seasonal allergies by introducing small amounts of local bee pollen to your diet. Allergists believe it can help lower sensitivity to certain pollens easing the effects of hay fever and other allergic reactions. Worth a try?No?
Now I’m not claiming to be a health expert, so caution should be taken when introducing a new food substance to your diet. It’s best to start with small amounts in case your body has any adverse reactions. For an adult dosage, start with a teaspoon and gradually increase to a maximum of one tablespoon. The pollen also acts faster and more effectively if taken with food.
You can either take it straight from a spoon like I do or it can be added to smoothies, sprinkled over breakfast cereals, yoghurts or salads. The taste varies depending on the type of flower the bee pollen comes from. Generally it tends to have a slightly sweet and floral taste and I find it super delicious.
NOTE: A small percentage of the population is severely allergic to bee pollen, particularly if you have an allergy to bees or bee products. Also it’s not typically recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing as it’s seen as a raw product. Please use with caution and care.
There are many brands on the market, but I use Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Bee Pollen – £14.99 for 500 grams. Sevenhills Wholefoods provide premium products direct from the farm.
Do you use any natural food supplements that work wonders for you? Let me know in the comments box below