What is honeybee pollen?
Pollen is the male element of the flowers and is necessary for the fertilization of the plant and continuation of the species. Honeybees normally deposit the pollen into the cells of honeycomb, leaving it open to ferment and become ‘bee bread’, on which newly hatched bees will feed and grow.
How is pollen collected?
Pollen is a microscopically fine dust and is mixed with nectar by the bees for transport.
The honeybee fills her pollen baskets, one on each rear leg, with these golden grains on every trip from the hive. The bee passes thru a screen or a perforated door in the pollen trap as she enters the hive, resulting of her pollen granules being brushed into the pollen drawer for harvest by the beekeeper.
The honeybee instinctively collects only the freshest and the most potent pollen from those available. As there are numerous varieties of flowers in bloom at any given time, the pollen collection varies with the season, resulting in all colors with diffent and distinctive tastes, some sweet and some bitter. The overall taste of pollen is slightly bitter. Although pollen is a food not a drug, it should be eaten because it is good for you, not because it tastes good.
Bee pollen has been considered to have the following nutrients:
Vitamins: Provitamin A, B-1 Thiamin, B-2 Riboflavin, B-3 Nancin, B-5, B-6 Pyridoxine, B-12 (cyanocobalamine), Pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, F, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin H, Vitamin K, Vitamin PP, Folic Acid, Choline, Inositol, Rutin.
Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Iodine, Zinc, Sulfur, Sodium, Chlorine, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Boron, Silica, and Titanium.
Other: Amino Acid, Carbohydrates, Fatty Acids, Enzymes & Co-Enzymes, Fats.
Bee Pollen contains at least 22 amino acids, 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates and approximately 25 % protein. Bee pollen is extremely rich in carotenes, which are metabolic precursors of vitamin A. It is also high In B complex and vitamins C, D, E and Lecithin. Bee pollen contains over 50 % more protein than beef, yet its fat content is very low. It is also an excellent vegetarian source of protein typically possessing more of the essential amino acids, pound for pound, than animal proteins like meat, eggs, and dairy products.
Daily use of pollen also ensures an intake of the more obscure, yet essential trace minerals that may be lacking from commercially grown produce and are often not included in vitamin mineral supplements. Most of us are unaware that the nutrients supplied by cooked fruits, vegetables and meats are not considered fresh because their enzymes have been exposed to high heat. Even taking a multivitamin can't offer the superior nutrient array of raw and fresh food.
Improved Sports Performance
Bee pollen has been observed to have a beneficial affect as a sports nutrient and is believed to provide energy, stamina, strength, and to enhance performance levels. The result is an accelerated recovery rate which in turn has a beneficial impact on second and subsequent performances.
Allergies and Hay fever
The consumption of bee pollen has helped many sufferers of allergies and hay fever to control their symptoms, with a number of studies indicating that the presence of Quercetin in the pollen inhibits the release of histamine in the body . This in turn seems to result in decreased hay fever and allergic responses when given bee pollen orally.
Honeybee pollen and raw honey are the only food on earth containing all 22 nutrients needed by mankind for complete and perfect health.