Bee Pollen in your tea, smoothie, or oats for added micronutrients!
Updated: May 23
Did you know that in some countries, bee pollen is recognized as a medicine by medical boards? Bee pollen contains so many of the nutrients the human body requires to perform at its best.
Bee pollen is abundant in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids, fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids - making it an antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral, but it doesn't stop there!
By eating these tiny power-packed, soft, yummy delights, you can reap numerous health benefits due to the range of antioxidants, amino acids, and micronutrients found within. It is being used around the world for medicinal and therapeutic purposes.
Here are some of health benefits we must share:
The anti-inflammatory activity of bee pollen has been compared to many over the counter and prescription drugs...without the fillers, of course. Thank you, Nature! That is some serious strength. Researchers suggest that it can be used in acute and chronic inflammatory conditions, initial degenerative conditions, and even liver conditions. A study in 2010 published in Pharmaceutical Biology found that bee pollen displayed significant anti-inflammatory activities when given to mice with acetaminophen-induced liver necrosis.
Recent studies have revealed that enzymatic hydrolysates from bee pollen are beneficial for patients undergoing various diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension. The antioxidant properties measured in a 2005 study found that it has remarkable antioxidant activity. Researchers witnessed high scavenging activities against active oxidative stress. Researchers even suggested that the inhibitory activities of pollen were similar to those found in fermented foods, such as natto, miso, cheese and vinegar.
Protects your liver from toxins
A 2013 research concluded that chestnut bee pollen protects hepatocytes in the liver from stress and promotes the healing of liver damage caused by toxicity. These findings suggest that pollen is a safe alternative to some medications used in the treatment of liver injuries and diseases.
Boosts the immune system
Bee pollen has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Bee pollen may also be a natural allergy fighter. A 2008 study investigated the effect of bee pollen on mast cell activation, which plays a central role in various allergic diseases. The research performed found that bee pollen does have anti-allergic action because of its ability to inhibit the activation of mast cells, which plays an important role in the early and late phases of allergic reactions.
It contains almost all the nutrients your body needs daily. Amazing! Researchers also suggest that it can be helpful when given to children who have a lack of appetite or experience a developmental delay. It even has more protein in weight than animal protein. It can also help malnourished children and adults get that extra boost they need.
Relieves menopausal symptoms
Researchers suggest that bee pollen and honey may be offered to women who have failed to respond to other alternatives to cope with postmenopausal symptoms. They also note that the flavonoids found in honey and pollen have been found to prevent breast cancer, supporting the use of these products in women with menopause symptoms and problems with or without a history of breast cancer.
Natural stress relievers
Bee pollen improves blood supply to nervous tissue, boosting mental capacity and strengthening the nervous system that may be weakened by stress. Even small doses of bee pollen over an extended period of time have shown to improve mood and physical endurance. It also serves as a local analgesic, giving it the ability to relieve pain that can be brought on by stress or injury. A must have in your health hutch!
When used as a topical treatment, bee pollen has shown to speed up healing of superficial wounds and has shown to reduce the pain that comes with burns. The pollen includes kaempferol, which inhibits the activity of enzymes after a burn and decreases inflammatory reactions and swelling. The pollen also helps increase circulation and in order for any part of the body to heal, a healthy blood supply is required. In addition to healing, it can also keep the skin healthy and looking younger. It stimulates blood supply to all skin cells, helps detoxify the body, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and speeds up the healing process.
Sound like something you could consume and use on a regular basis?
Our bee pollen is supplied from a reputable company and is certified organic. Making sure that the pollen is free from pesticides and the bee colonies are not treated with chemicals is of high importance when selecting this particular superfood.
We keep out stock full because of Bee Pollen's many benefits.
How to use?
Once you have your pee pollen, the most common way to consume it is to mix it with food or a beverage. 1-2 teaspoons will generally be plenty per serving. Teas, smoothies, oats, salads, the works, you cannot go wrong! It dissolves in hot water. Never put it in the microwave. Just like honey, this will kill the nutrients when in a microwave. Heat, then add.
If you’re trying to combat a nutrient deficiency, allergies, inflammation, stress or illness, take one teaspoon of mixed bee pollen three times a day.
Risks and Side Effects
It’s safe for most people to take bee pollen by mouth for a 30- to 60-day period, depending on the dose. The biggest safety concerns are bee pollen allergic reactions, which may be an issue for people who are allergic to pollen. If you notice itching, swelling, shortness of breath or light-headedness after consuming pollen, you may have bee allergies or a sensitivity to bee products, so discontinue use until you’ve spoken to your health care provider.
There is some concern that bee pollen may stimulate the uterus and cause pregnancy complications, which is why women who are pregnant should avoid using pollen or use it with the guidance of a health care provider. (Jamie, our founder, consumed bee pollen through her entire pregnancy without complications. Moderation and water intake are key.) Bee pollens should also not be given to infants under one year of age. People on blood thinner should also avoid eating bee pollen. And as always, if you have any questions, please stop in or give Next to Nature a call and we will be sure to help guide you in the right direction.
Sources: Dr. Josh Axe, GreenBow US, Jamie Vess