Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bee Pollen

We've started carrying bee pollen. I've heard such good things about it and I wanted to try it. I'm really not in a position to blog about it because I'm still learning. I'll just relay some of the things I've read about it.

Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is an extremely nutritious food. It contains 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 22 amino acids, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 25% carbohydrates, and about 25% protein.

Some of the reported benefits of bee pollen are that it:

Greatly improves energy levels
Helps normalize digestive problems
Alleviates depression and fatigue
Speeds up the healing of wounds
Aids in weight control
May help alleviate allergies
Reduces cholesterol
Alleviates migraine headaches
Helps prevent prostate problems

There's a small chance that some people may be sensitive to bee pollen, so it's best to start slowly with it. One site recommends placing one granule under the tongue and letting it dissolve. Then try a second granule. Try a few more granules, one at a time, and look for symptoms such as an itchy throat, runny nose, watery eyes, or headache. These symptoms are very rare, but this is a way to find out whether or not there is a sensitivity.

Some sites recommend that anyone who is allergic to bee venom not take bee pollen. Other sites recommend seeing a doctor before taking bee pollen. Most sites say that bee pollen is a food and does not cause reactions in most people.

Start with small amounts of bee pollen and work up to a teaspoon or two a day. Some people take a tablespoon a day. It can give quite a boost of energy, so it's advised to avoid taking it in the evening. Bee pollen can be mixed into granola, applesauce, a little raw honey, or mixed into a green smoothie. It can be chewed and swallowed. I read that it's an acquired taste. Let's just say that I definitely have not acquired that taste yet! :)

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