How does the idea of stealing food meant for young baby bees sound? Cruel yes, but also extremely nutritious. Bee pollen is a granule-y, yellow substance collected by the worker bees. It is a pollen ball packet into small, nutrient-rich pellets as food for young bees to grow. While it does sound cruel to snatch food away from baby bees, ease your conscience by telling yourself that it is only as bad as drinking cow milk!
Why bee pollen?
For years, bee pollen has been used as a powerful nutritional supplement, rich in proteins and other nutrients. Fresh bee pollen contains excellent levels of proteins, amino acids, lipids, minerals, carbohydrates, vitamins and compounds such as lactic acid bacteria. It is also teeming with flavonoid and phenolic compounds. It is product prized by natural medicine for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and immune-strengthening properties.
It has been a staple in Chinese medicine for years and thanks to its dense nutrient profile, the German Federal Board of Health has officially recognised it as a medicine. 1 These sunny-yellow granules have been harvested for its many nutritional and medicinal qualities. Following are some of the ways in which it benefits our health.
Reduces inflammation: A 2010 study published in Pharmaceutical Biology Journal reveals that bee pollen exhibits excellent anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive properties without causing any kind of toxicity.So if you have joint pains, acne or other inflammatory diseases, including bee pollen in your diet could ease some of the discomfort.2
Improves muscle strength and helps recover from malnutrition: Fresh bee pollen formula can improve muscle recovery rate and energy metabolism. According to a study conducted in 2014, bee pollen can be an excellent food to prevent and to help weak patients recover from malnutrition. Those who want to go on a weight loss diet should include bee bread in their diet since it can provide you with the essential nutrients without making you pack on the pounds.3
Full of antioxidants: If you want to ditch your caffeine-rich tea, go ahead! Bee pollen tea would be a good substitute. The enzymatic hydrolysates in the pollen make it a great antioxidant supplement. It was found to be great for people suffering from various diseases such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.4
Strengthens the immune system: A 2014 study examining the antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of bee pollen concluded that it was potent enough to ward off candida and staph infections.5
Protects against tumours: Bee pollen is also known to be toxic, but not against the healthy cells! It has cytotoxic properties against tumour cells.6
Treats burn wounds: If you have burn wounds, treating it with bee pollen will help speed up the recovery. Kaempferol, an ingredient in bee pollen, stops accelerates the wound healing and protects the burn from developing further infections.7
1.Llnskens, H. F., & Jorde, W. (1997). Pollen as food and medicine—a review. Economic Botany, 51(1), 78-86.
2.Küpeli Akkol, E., Orhan, D. D., Gürbüz, I., & Yesilada, E. (2010). In vivo activity assessment of a “honey-bee pollen mix” formulation. Pharmaceutical biology, 48(3), 253-259.
3.Salles, J., Cardinault, N., Patrac, V., Berry, A., Giraudet, C., Collin, M.-L., … Walrand, S. (2014). Bee Pollen Improves Muscle Protein and Energy Metabolism in Malnourished Old Rats through Interfering with the Mtor Signaling Pathway and Mitochondrial Activity. Nutrients, 6(12), 5500–5516. http://doi.org/10.3390/nu6125500
4.Nagai, T., Nagashima, T., Suzuki, N., & Inoue, R. (2005). Antioxidant activity and angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibition by enzymatic hydrolysates from bee bread. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C, 60(1-2), 133-138.
5.Pascoal, A., Rodrigues, S., Teixeira, A., Feás, X., & Estevinho, L. M. (2014). Biological activities of commercial bee pollens: Antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 63, 233-239.
6.Olczyk, P., Koprowski, R., Kaźmierczak, J., Mencner, L., Wojtyczka, R., Stojko, J., … & Komosinska-Vassev, K. (2016). Bee Pollen as a Promising Agent in the Burn Wounds Treatment. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2016.
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Published: August 11, 2017 10:16 am | Updated:August 11, 2017 10:16 am