Why Try Bee Pollen?
There’s a bit of a buzz around town about bee pollen being a super food. But is it really good for you – and is it safe?
Let’s look into the honeypot for the facts:
What is bee pollen?
Pollen comes from flowers, and is used to fertilise the plant. It’s also an attractive food source for bees, plumped with protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fat. The bees collect the pollen, take it back to the hive, and concentrate it for the colony to use. It’s a complicated excavation process.
What are the health benefits of bee pollen?
Manufacturers and advocates of bee pollen say it’s nutritionally awesome containing everything we need for optimal and enduring health and wellbeing.
An expert quoted in a Huffington Post article
says, “Bee pollen is one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods, with nearly all the nutrients required by humans. Not surprising that it has been used for energy and endurance since ancient times, with a single teaspoon full containing over 2.5 billion nutrient-packed flower pollen granules.”
It’s been said that bee pollen helps with:
- Combatting colds and flu
- Athletic endurance, favoured by many athletes to enhance their performance
- Weight control by controlling cravings
- Increasing fertility
- Treating diabetes
- Aiding skin conditions including eczema and rshes
- Boosting immunity
- Managing asthma and allergies
Unfortunately, there are few scientific studies to back up these health claims. One recent study found that bee pollen may reduce PMS symptoms, while another found it may help with prostate health.
But what is clear is that bee pollen is nutritionally rich and dense. That is, if it’s good enough for the hive, surely it’s beneficial for human health? Well, the jury is still out on that one.
Is bee pollen safe?
Taken in recommended doses, bee pollen is relatively safe. But people with allergies should be very careful and seek medical attention before trying it.
You’ll likely pick up a packet of bee pollen supplementation that advises trying a small amount to test for an allergic reaction, before increasing your intake.
You also shouldn’t take bee pollen if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
And if you have any concerns, seek medical attention immediately.
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