I am intrigued by bee pollen. Its reputation is strong and long in the natural food world. In fact it’s been touted for thousands of years as an herbal powerhouse, providing benefits from anti-aging and longevity, to immune-system support and weight loss. There is currently not enough research to support all of these claims, but if we look at the makeup of this superfood we can make some sound assumptions. For me, something created by nature, not in a lab, with such a rich history shouldn’t be ignored.
Bee Pollen is the pollen from a large variety of plants that sticks to the legs of the bee as they drink the nectar of the flowers. The bees then bring the compacted pollen granules back to the hive and it is used as nourishment for the worker bees. It is a perfectly balanced food and contains almost all of the nutrients we need to survive. Forty percent of the pollen is complete protein. The other sixty percent consists of carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and antioxidants like vitamins C, A, B, and E, nutrients we know help prevent cancer, inflammation, disease, and aging. Bee pollen also contains substances shown to have antimicrobial properties which slow the growth of bacteria and viruses.
There are some interesting case studies that show groups of people who have exceptional health and vitality after consuming bee pollen for many years. To me, it would be interesting to see some additional research to dig into this further.
In the meantime, I plan on including bee pollen into my diet. Of course, it is not recommended for individuals who have bee allergies or for pregnant/nursing women. Always discuss added supplements with your doctor. For interesting ways to add bee pollen to your diet see below.
Bee Pollen should be introduced slowly to your diet. Start with a granule or two and work your way up to 1 Tbsp per day. To preserve nutrients, avoid adding heat or cooking bee pollen.
- Blend into almond milk with honey and vanilla for a creamy, delicious shake
- Sprinkle onto cereal
- Stir into yogurt
- Scatter on top of salads
- Add a pinch to smoothies