is one of the most common causes of allergies in the United States. Pollen is a very fine powder produced by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds to fertilize other plants of the same species. Many people have an adverse immune response when they breathe in pollen. The immune system normally defends the body against harmful invaders — such as viruses and bacteria — to ward off illnesses. In people with pollen allergies, the immune system mistakenly identifies the harmless pollen as a dangerous intruder. It begins to produce chemicals to fight against the pollen. This is known as an allergic reaction, and the specific type of pollen that causes it is known as an allergen. The reaction leads to numerous irritating symptoms, such as: sneezing stuffy nose watery eyes Some people have pollen allergies year-round, while others only have them during certain times of the year. For example, people who are sensitive to birch pollen usually have increased symptoms during the spring when birch trees are in bloom. Similarly, those with ragweed allergies are most affected during the late spring and early fall.
Pollen from flowers, collected by bees, mixed with bee digestive enzymes.
Traditional Use and Health Benefits:
The Chinese have used bee pollen medicinally for thousands of years. Records of its use show up in ancient Greece as far back as 2500 years ago – Hippocrates, often regarded as the ‘father of modern medicine’, prescribed bee pollen grains for healing.
BEE POLLEN BENEFITS:
Bee Pollen is considered one of nature’s most complete foods due to its comprehensive and balanced nutrient profile. A complete protein, rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants, it is considered an immune system builder that will also enhance vitality.
Bee pollen is a great brain booster, lifting brain fatigue, improving alertness and helping concentration levels over an extended period of time. Rich in the B vitamins; B1, B2 and B3 – these are essential for a healthy nervous system and powerful detoxifiers, especially to the brain. They are often referred to as “anti-stress” or “morale” vitamins – when the nervous system is working optimally anxiety and stress can be greatly lessened.
Renowned for enhancing athletic performance, the German natural scientist Francis Huber claims that bee pollen is “the greatest bodybuilder on earth”. As such, it is used by Olympic athletes and bodybuilders to increase strength and endurance. Its reputation as a muscle builder is due, in part, to it containing all 22 of the amino acids. Around half of these are free-form, meaning they can be assimilated directly into the body ready for instant utilization.
Bee Pollen benefits sufferers of allergies, including hay fever, by reducing histamine levels in the body. It helps alleviate nausea, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety by bringing the body into nutritional balance and well being.
Bee Pollen can be eaten raw or can be added to your favorite cereals, smoothies, yogurt or hot drink. There are no set dosages for Bee Pollen but 5-10g (1-2 teaspoons) is a recommended daily dose.