Benefits and therapeutic properties
Fresh bee pollen is a hyper-food with many therapeutic benefits, full of nutrients and stimulating the immune system. What makes raw bee pollen stand out from other remedies is its unique nutritional benefits. Bee pollen contains all essential and non-essential amino acids, 18 vitamins, 33 types of minerals, 59 trace elements, over 100 enzymes and coenzymes, 14 fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates, about 25 % protein. In addition, bees harvest pollen from over 1,000 different flowers, often creating even more benefits for those who use fresh frozen bee pollen.
Pollen grains are oval or circular shaped, coming in a mixture of flavours and colours. These can be anything from white and golden-yellow to black, with the most common being greenish yellow colour. A pollen grain has an average diameter of 20-40 microns and is made up of two shells (exine and intine) and two nuclei.
Adults and children can consume bee pollen daily throughout their lives, helping to maintain their overall health status and giving benefits such as:
• Increasing the physical and mental resistance of the body
• Reducing cholesterol (LDL) in the blood
• Feeding the body’s cells, starting with those in the digestive tract and liver, then all the cells in the rest of the body, as long as the pollen intake is high enough and long-lasting
• Helping eye health and functioning
• Encouraging the body to produce endorphins, acting as a natural antidepressant
• Protecting intestinal flora, regulating digestion
• Regulating hormones, improving sexual performance and fertility, especially in men
• Strengthening the immune system
• Stimulating and speeding the process of growth up
• Revitalizing memory and improving functioning of the brain
• Helping to treat hepatic diseases, severe digestive diseases and convalescence
• Reducing negative effects of chemotherapy
• Helping to regenerate cells, tissues, organs and systems in our body due to ingredients such as telomerase
Conditions fresh bee pollen can treat
Digestive system disorders
Fresh bee pollen helps to regulate intestinal functions due to its cellulosic fibre and starch content.
It also helps to prevent and treat chronic diarrhoea which is not treatable with antibiotics. In addition, it can detoxify and stimulate cell regeneration in the liver.
Bee pollen is rich in B vitamins, especially B1, which works like insulin in carbohydrate metabolism and helps to prevent and treat diabetes.
Fresh bee pollen contains all essential amino acids needed to produce insulin (which is a hormone, a protein made up of many amino acids).
Fresh frozen bee pollen acts to reach and regulate an optimal glucose level.
Large amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that pollen contains make this apiculture product a complete natural food, recommended for children as they grow. It solves deficiencies, stimulates the appetite, energizes, and aids the development of children.
Pollen contains essential amino acids that support and repair the cardiac muscle and contribute to good blood circulation. Raw pollen also contains rutin, an important bioflavonoid for blood vessels, making it effective for regulating heart rate and preventing cardiovascular disease. Pollen also plays an important role in the body’s storage of vitamin C, ensuring the heart’s health and working to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Nervous system disorders
Vitamins from B and E groups, flavonoids, phospholipids and strong antioxidants that bee pollen contains enrich and protect neuron cells, revive memory and maintain mental balance. Fresh bee pollen also helps to combat the effects of aging, aiding memory loss.
Bee pollen helps the creation of antibodies and leukocytes (white blood cells) that help the body fight infections (bacterial, viral or parasitic). Fresh frozen bee pollen is able to help the immune system function smoothly.
Bee pollen is also known as the “fertility vitamin” as it can help to regulate hormones, maintaining potency and improves reproductive functions in both women and men. The high content of flavones and phytosterols in pollen gives an aphrodisiac effect, compensating for oestrogen deficiency and calming the symptoms of the menopause and andropause.
When to avoid fresh bee pollen
Fresh bee pollen is not recommended for people with sexual arousal or to those with hormonal hyperfunctions.
Also, it should not be given to people with severe allergies or those who are sensitive to pollen.
How to consume fresh bee pollen
Raw pollen can be consumed daily, on its own or dissolved in yogurt, water or fresh fruit juice, preferably in the morning with breakfast.
At the beginning, fresh bee pollen should be consumed slowly (2 granules under the tongue) after meals to test for possible side effects, particularly in people with known sensitivities. If no allergic reaction occurs, an initial dose of 3 grains of bee pollen should be taken, and the quantity can then be increased slowly by 2 granules every few days, up to a few teaspoons of pollen per day.
In order to treat specific conditions with raw pollen, people should speak with a physician specializing in apitherapy, increasing dosage to 2-8 teaspoons a day with guidance.
How to store fresh bee pollen
Fresh frozen bee pollen should be stored in the freezer at temperatures between -5 and -15 degrees Celsius in the hermetic container it was delivered in. Low temperatures help pollen to retain its vitamins, volatile substances, biological water, amino acids, lactic flora with antibacterial and lacto-fermentation properties.
The natural flavour and colours of freshly harvested bee pollen are lost by drying. These properties are kept for up to one week outside the freezer and up to two weeks if the pollen is stored in the refrigerator. Frosting and defrosting can be repeated without affecting the quality of raw pollen due to low water content and the fact that it does not contain pathogenic bacteria.
How to choose the best bee pollen product
Pay attention to the following factors when choosing bee pollen, to make sure it is a premium apiculture product:
– The apiculture product is raw, frozen immediately after harvesting and not in capsule form because they have lower therapeutic properties
– It comes from a specialized producer in the industry, marketing pollen in its natural and unaltered state, from carefully sourced apiaries
– The store has a close relationship with beekeepers and does not treat pollen as a simple product for sale but as a food essential to health, stored in the best conditions
Allergy to wind-borne pollen (anemophilous) is different to bee pollen allergies as it reaches the body through the respiratory system instead of the digestive system. Bee pollen comes from flowers instead and does not travel in the air.
Allergy to the anemophilous pollen can be stopped with the help of raw, freshly harvested pollen from an apiary. Vitamin E, bioflavonoids and selenium in apiculture products can improve immune system responses to various allergens.
Treatment of any type of allergy should be done under the recommendation of an allergy specialist.
MD Stefan Stângaciu:
“I recommend the use of fresh bee pollen, after checking the tolerance, by any person, non-stop, for their entire life.
Periodically (about 1-2 months) you can change the type of pollen you consume, the fresh, seasonal pollen being the ideal one.”
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