Bee pollen: The latest superfood trend

Considered one of nature’s most nourishing foods, bee pollen is creating quite a buzz around the world. Even celebrities, such as Victoria Beckham, are raving about the multitude of benefits these brightly coloured grains contain.

Just one teaspoon of bee pollen takes one bee eight hours a day, for a whole month to gather! So we think it’s high time that bees finally get the recognition they deserve.

With more protein than any other animal source, bee pollen contains more amino acids than beef and even eggs. Here are just a few of the benefits of bee pollen…

Boots your energy

The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins found in bee pollen contain the perfect range of nutrients to help naturally enhance your energy levels and maintain stamina throughout the day.

Using bee pollen to beat fatigue has historically been used by sportsmen and women throughout the world, with the British Sports Council recording increases in strength as high as 40 to 50% in those taking bee pollen regularly.*

Can help ease hay fever

Now we’re not saying that eating a spoonful of bee pollen on the morning of the first day of spring is going to banish your hay fever symptoms forever, but incorporating bee pollen into your diet at least six weeks before the dreaded hay fever season begins has been known to help reduce sufferers’ afflictions.

How does it work I hear your cry? Just think of it in the same way as a vaccination. The administration of small amounts of the allergen stimulates the sufferers’ own immune system to produce antibodies that will eliminate the allergic reaction.

Finally, a natural way to ease those coughs and sneezes…

Helps soothe the skin

Incorporating bee pollen into your daily diet and beauty regime has been said to improve the skins completion. When eaten, bee pollen has been reported to prevent the premature aging of cells and stimulate the growth of new skin tissue, rejuvenating skin leaving it glowing. That’s because just one gram of raw pollen contains for 7 to 15 miligrams of vitamin C!

When used as a topical cream, the amino acids and vitamins packed inside the tiny grains can help treat inflammatory conditions and irritations such as eczema.

Aids digestion

Thanks to the digestive-aiding enzymes, bee pollen has historically been used to aid various digestive disorders by healing and regulating the intestinal flora. It’s also rich in antioxidants which help boosts the immune system. Remember, looking good on the outside starts with feeling good on the inside.

Supports a healthy heart

Bee pollen can contain as much as 17 milligrams of rutin, the powerful natural substance which helps strengthen the vessels and capillaries of the heart. It has even been said to help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, all contributing to better heart health.

Historically used to suppress cravings

We’re not saying that eating bee pollen can make you lose weight, but it has been said to help suppress cravings and even help fats burn faster by stimulating the metabolic process. And here’s the science behind it…

Just one ounce of bee pollen contains just 90 calories and offers 15% lecithin, a substance that helps burn fat. Furthermore, the natural phenylalanine content helps eliminate cravings by affecting your appestat, the control centre that determines fullness or hunger.

Worth a shot if you ask me…

 

*Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe (2009)

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to source the most up to date and accurate information, we cannot guarantee that remedies in our articles are effective, when in doubt, consult your GP or a qualified Medicinal Herbalist. Remember also that herbal remedies can be dangerous under certain circumstances therefore you should always seek medical advice before self-treating with a homemade remedy, especially if you are pregnant, breast feeding or suffer from any known illness which could be adversely affected by self-treatment.

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Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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