Bee pollen

Bee pollen is considered one of nature’s healthiest foods in the world for human beings. It is called “bee bread” by some and is the staple food for honey bees and their young. It is a popular supplement that many people are taking these days for all kinds of health problems. The worker bees collect the bee pollen on their legs and take it back to the nest where it is used for food when they are making honey. People have been collecting bee pollen for hundreds of years. It is found in bee hives and on the legs of honey bees. It has essential vitamins and minerals in it like zinc, calcium and magnesium as well as iron. Bee pollen is rich in proteins and carbohydrates. It is a very popular nutritional supplement today. Some people even take bee pollen to help prevent hay fever. It is also used in a lot of Chinese herbal medicines. People who are sensitive to pollen should not take bee pollen with out getting advice from their medical doctor first. There have been rare cases of allergic reaction to bee pollen.

Bee pollen is full of potent antioxidants. There are all kinds of claims for taking bee pollen. It is said to heal prostrate problems, prevent allergies, boost libido and help with weight loss. Bee pollen has flavonoids like myricetin, quercetin, rutin and trans-cinnamic acid in it. These flavonoids help to reduce bad cholesterol levels and even help to lower blood pressure. Varicose veins can be helped if you supplement with bee pollen. The trans-cinnamic acid in bee pollen helps to detoxify the liver. There are as many amino acids in bee pollen as there is in fish, beef or eggs. It is loaded with enzymes, coenzymes, Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. Folic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin, choline and inositol are also found in bee pollen. Men’s sexual health is improved by taking bee pollen because of the zinc found in it. When people undergo chemotherapy for cancer bee pollen can lessen the nausea. It is even used to keep hair loss to a minimum.

You can buy bee pollen in any health food store and on the internet. It is best to look for bee pollen that has been harvested in a clean environment so it will be free from toxins. There are some cheaper brands on the market but they have traces of heavy metals and other toxins in them. It is important to purchase bee pollen collected from the right geographical area if you want to use it for allergies and hay fever. Some bee pollen is damaged during extraction if the wrong methods are not used as well. This causes the bee pollen to become ineffective. Look for high grade bee pollen that states it is from a clean environment with no C02 extraction methods used. The CO2 extraction damages the bee pollen. When taking bee pollen you should take two tablets once or twice a day with your meals unless instructed otherwise by your medical doctor. Bee pollen will maintain its potency for up to three years if stored correctly. Some people have had adverse side effects when taking bee pollen. This is usually people who are sensitive to molds. If the bee pollen is not stored correctly it can develop mold. It must be stored away from heat and dampness.

Women who are nursing or who want to become pregnant should not take bee pollen supplements. If any adverse side effects are experienced you should discontinue the use of bee pollen and talk with your health care provider about it.

Last updated on Sep 19th, 2010 and filed under Nutritional Information. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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