I’m letting you into one of my foodie secrets today. A slight diversion from regular travel and restaurant recommendations posts. If healthy eating is part of your lifestyle plan you may just want to carry on reading.
Bee pollen health benefits
It all starts with a 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 nature’s superstars: Honey, royal jelly, propolis and pollinating our plants, keeping our ecosystem ticking. Bringing us neatly to a firm favourite. The one-stop-shop health revitaliser – Bee pollen.
The tiny golden beads have been a part of my diet for nearly two years. My search to fill my body with vitamins and boost my immune system in one hit led me to this magical substance. There is a real difference in my health since I’ve become a pollen junkie. All it takes is a spoonful every morning.
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 its fat content is very low. Win-Win fellow veggies!
Now you may be asking, what the hell is bee pollen? 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 bee pollen health 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 it needs from food consumed. 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. 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 don’t you think?
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. Considered a raw product it’s also not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Organic Bee Pollen
There are many brands on the market, but I use Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Raw Bee Pollen – £20 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
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