A pretty smart guy named Albert Einstein once said “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
The first alarms about the sudden widespread disappearance of honeybees came in late 2006 and the phenomenon soon had a name: colony collapse disorder. In the two years that has followed about one-third of bee colonies has vanished. At the moment there are many campaigns on online sites like Facebook, please take a moment and see what you can do to help save the bees.
The benefits of eating honey has long been noticed for it beneficial properties but it’s not until recently that the western world has opened its eyes to bee pollen and as a way of gaining good health. But this is not just a new fad, there’s a reason that bee pollen is referred to as a “complete food” – it actually contains over 96 nutrients and offers everything thats needed to sustain the life of a human – including all 22 essential amino acids which makes it a complete protein! Keep on reading for a few examples of the amazing benefits of bee pollen.
Bee pollen is known to..
Reduce cholesterol as it helps balancing the levels in your body, basically it increases good cholesterol and decreases the bad kind.
Help you with the sneezing and crying in the spring due to hay fever. Eating pollen or honey from local bees can help you body to build up an immunity.
Boost your immune system with important vitamins including Vitamin D, C, E, and almost all the B vitamins. Other nutrients that help to improve the way the immune system functions include calcium, selenium, beta-carotene, lecithin and magnesium and these are also all found in bee pollen.
Help you with weight loss since it contains lecithin, which helps to eliminate body fat that is stored within the body. Lecithin is also know to increase you metabolism.
Other benefits are, increased energy and stamina level (very good for athletes), balances the Estrogen to Testosterone levels in both men and women, increased sperm count in men, improved muscle tone, clears acne..
So how to incorporate this wonder food into your diet? Easy! Sprinkle it on your muesli in the morning or ad it in your daily smoothie or juice. You can also find it in capsules or as pills in your local health food store but i recommend to eat the pollen in its raw form. If you live in America have a look at this site where you can find many tasty raw products including pine tree bee pollen. It’s important to remember that bee pollen is actually a ‘food’ and not technically a ‘vitamin supplement’. The nutrients in Bee Pollen are very concentrated meaning that even small amounts may provide effective and valuable levels of nutritional sustenance – dietary antioxidants, bioflavonoids and polyphenols in particular, along with lecithin.
Please note that some people are severely allergic to bee pollen (particularly if you are allergic to bees or other bee products) so please be cautious and use common sense before introducing this food to your diet. Even for non allergic people I recommend to start with a small amount and slowly increase your intake, a good way to begin eating this wonder food is with half a tea spoon and do not exceed the daily amount of a table spoon.