Complete Nourishment from Nature , 2 Comments
When most people hear the words ‘bee pollen,’ they start reaching for their prescription medications and cursing the change of seasons. But bee pollen is drastically different from the simple flower pollen that was floating so thickly through the air just a few weeks before, causing so many to suffer from allergy symptoms. Bee pollen refers to the mixture of flower pollen, bee saliva, and hive honey that is made by the young honeybees, and which is also their main food source. These tiny yellow granules are the foundation of life for a colony: one of the most fascinating facts about bee pollen is that it has yet to be successfully synthesized. In lab experiments, when it is replaced by a man-made substance which contains all the same ingredients (according to the most up-to-date chemical analyses), the bees simply die off. There is yet something present in bee pollen that science has not been able to identify… perhaps this mysterious component is the one responsible for all the incredible health benefits that stem from bee pollen consumption!
Bee pollen is thought to be one of Mother Nature’s most nourishing foods. It is approximately 40% protein, and contains more amino acids than any other animal source of the same weight. It also contains almost all the nutrients necessary for human sustenance, and is particularly rich in B-complex vitamins and folic acid. Rutin, a bioflavonoid with strong antioxidant properties, is also found in high concentrations in bee pollen. Studies and experiments have shown that rutin can be a catalyst for preventing blood clots, and providing relief from colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and edema. And those are the benefits reaped from just one element found in bee pollen!
As there are so many ways that our bodies can profit from a regular intake of bee pollen, our subsequent article will focus more on the different benefits. When beginning consumption of bee pollen, it is important to start off slowly. The body needs to become accustomed to it, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergies or have a sensitivity to bee products (bee pollen should not be consumed without consent from a doctor if you have any known intolerances to bee pollen itself). The best way to take it is in the morning. I prefer to take it after I have completed my oil-pulling and drunk 16 ounces of filtered water over the course of half an hour (to gently wake up the internal organs before breaking my fast). I place a teaspoon of the tiny, golden pellets underneath my tongue, and let it slowly melt and mix with my saliva, swallowing little by little. Once they are all dissolved, I start my day off by eating a piece of fruit, generally an apple, and then moving on to a filling and healthful first meal.
- Maria Vasylivna