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WHAT IS BEE POLLEN?
Bee pollen is made from the male seed of flowers and other seeded palnts. As bees fly from flower to flower they gather the pollen and mix it with nectar brought from the hive or secreations from their salivary glands to create a pollen mixture. This pollen mixture is then stored on the bees legs for transport back to the hive. And just as bees make excess honey (enough for us to harvest) they also collect excess pollen. Upon entering the hive some of this pollen is gently screpped of and collected by special pollen traps set up by the beekeeper. If done properly, a beekeeper should be able to collect pollen without harming the bees or the colony. Beekeepers need to be careful to collect only a small amount of the pollen the bee bring in, so as not to deprive the bees of this food source.
Bee pollen is known as an apitherapeutic product because it contains groups of chemical compounds that are made by bees and used for medicinal purposes. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods because it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. The percentage of rejuvenating elements in bee pollen remarkably exceeds those present in brewer’s yeast and wheat germ. It is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight.
KEY HEALTH BENEFITS
- Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins (approximately 40% protein), polyphenolic substances, primarily flavonoids, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins, folic acid, and enzymes.
- In the diet, bee pollen acts to increase high-density lipoproteins (HDL), decrease low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and normalized blood serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- In its composition, bee pollen contains about 250 substances, including amino acids, lipids, vitamins, macro- and micronutrients, and flavonoids.
- Bee pollen is known as an apitherapeutic product because it contains groups of chemical
compounds that are made by bees and used for medicinal purposes.