Do you know that bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey? How about this, did you know that one bee has to fly about 90,000 miles which is three times around the globe t o make one pound of honey?
I am sort of obsessed with bees if you must know the truth. Bees actually make the world go ’round.
Our little friends that keep the world turning also can give your energy a major boost, MAJ.Most people know about the superpower benefits of honey and royal jelly but have missed bee pollen.
The proteins, free amino acids, carbohydrates and vitamins, including B-complex and folic acid can help keep your energy up all day by fighting off fatigue. Approximately half bee pollen’s protein comes from bioavailable free amino acids, which means they are ready to be used by your body to provide immediate energy.
Bee pollen ALSO is a big time brain booster. Bee pollen ups your mental capacity and fight stress by supplying additional blood flow to the nervous system (source). Long term use of bee pollen is also said to improve your mood and who doesn’t need that? You can’t see me right now, but I am waving my hands.
It has also been said to help with weight loss, although, I have not personally seen this effect. Bee pollen helps regulate hormones, and it possesses nutrients that do effect metabolic activity. Bee pollen contains amino acids that help increase your metabolism by dissolving fat cells in the body. COOL! I will take it.
Bee Pollen has also been touted for its ability to help fight allergies Allergies happen when you develop an immune response to an allergen, your body creates antibodies. Those antibodies then activate certain receptors on cells that tell your body to release histamines. Cue the puffy eyes, runny noses, itching and all those other lovely reactions.
Bee pollen actually reduces histamine, which is the same thing that over -the-counter medications do. It is said that it is effective for many things such asthma to chronic sinus infections.
How to choose the best kind?
This is important people! Make sure you are buying LOCAL bee pollen if you are using it to fight allergies, as you want to build up your immunity to your LOCAL plants in your area that you are allergic to. ALWAYS make sure it states it is mold and pesticide free. Also, make sure your container has bee pollen that has many different colors in the pollen to ensure that it came from different plants, which improves the bee pollen’s nutrient profile.
How to take?
I like to take my bee pollen by the spoonful in the morning. I actually really like the taste. However, if you don’t want to be gangsta about it like me, you can sprinkle on top of oatmeal, put it in a smoothie, in your cereal or top your fruit with it.
I like the Moon Juice brand for bee pollen but I also like this one and use a lot. Again, like anything else I recommend make sure you research to buy the best quality available.
But a warning, as always, avoid if you have any allergies to pollen or ANY bee product. Also, check with your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding before trying, actually, before taking ANYTHING. Better safe than sorry ladies.
PS- No bees are harmed in harvesting bee pollen. Yay!