Pollen is the male seed of flowers, required for the fertilization of the plant. Harvested by the female worker bee, it is collected as she returns to the hive, through a series of screens/fine brushes. These gently remove pollen from the containers on the bees legs, without hurting the insect.
Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. It is approximately 40% protein, providing 20 amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body, and is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. Pollen is rich in vitamin A and the B complex vitamins. Minerals, enzymes, trace elements and other vitamins are also found in lesser amounts.
What it does
- Energy production: Simple and complex carbohydrates are also present in bee pollen and provide a short-term energy boost as well as sustained levels for endurance. Bee pollen is used by many sports people to increase stamina and endurance, this is partly due to increased production of haemoglobin leading to a higher level of oxygenation in the blood.
- Convalescence: Because bee pollen contains all the nutrients needed to sustain life, it is used as a healthy, nutritious, complete food. It also has anti-bacterial and immune boosting properties.
- Cholesterol: It is reported that bee pollen in the diet acts to normalize cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Upon the regular ingestion of bee pollen, a reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides was observed. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) increased, while low-density lipoproteins (LDL) decreased. A normalization of blood serum cholesterol levels is also seen.
- Infertility: Pollen stimulates ovarian function and is recommended for women wishing to conceive naturally or with assisted reproduction techniques.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with bee pollen.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using bee pollen.