8 Best Bee Pollen Benefits: Improve Sex Drive/Sexual Desire, Increase Energy and More
Individuals who suffer from seasonal allergies may be reluctant to try an allergy supplement that contains the word pollen. Taking a closer look at the pollen collection process undertaken by bees should alleviate any doubts. Pollen plants contain two types of pollen grains. One is known as the anemophile grain or wind pollen.
This is lighter pollen grain that is easily airborne and is responsible for seasonal allergies. The other type is known as the entomophile grain. This species is either brightly colored, scented or contains appealing patterns or shapes that draws bees to collect the grain. Bees are not drawn to the anemophile grain and do not collect this type of pollen.
The entomophile grain contains an impressive profile of nutrients which is more commonly known as bee pollen. It is thirty five percent protein, which contains all 22 amino acids, it is rich in vitamins, contains all twenty eight minerals and is packed with health enhancing fatty acids, natural hormones and enzymes. There is strong scientific evidence which shows that bee pollen is highly effective in combatting pollen allergies as well as other types of allergies.
Our bodies are bombarded with various toxins through the air, food and contact with skin. When foreign invaders enter the blood stream our immune systems respond by releasing antibodies or histamines to neutralize the invader.
Bee pollen is rich in quercetin which is known for its ability to suppress histamine action. Studies show that quercetin has anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties. One study found that quercetin has the ability to stabilize mast cells which limits the amount of histamine that is released into the blood.
High levels of histamine in the blood leads to many common allergy symptoms such as itching and runny noses. Another study found that quercetin works just as well as the prescription medication cromolyn which has been used to treat allergies.
There is some controversy over the use of quercetin for allergies because it may not be effectively absorbed into the body. This may be the case when the nutrient is taken alone, but not when taken together with all the nutrients found in bee pollen. Although there is no clear evidence to explain why bee pollen is effective against allergies, it may be due to the synergistic effects of all its nutrients working together to enhance the immune system.
Bee pollen also contains several unidentifiable elements which may responsible for its amazing health benefits. Scientists have synthesized bee pollen in the lab, giving it all the known nutrients found in the naturally occurring pollen. When the synthesized pollen was fed to young bees, they died.
When using bee pollen to treat allergies start with a couple granules to avoid possible unpleasant side effects. Slowly increase dosage to a tablespoon per day over the first few weeks. Those with a history of anaphylactic reactions should avoid bee pollen.
Bee pollen is one of the most powerful immune boosting foods. Research suggests that it may have the ability to prevent unnecessary attacks on foreign invaders, saving the immune system to fight the real threats to the body.
Bee pollen is known for several other health benefits:
Longevity - The beekeepers native to the Caucasus mountains consumed a diet rich in bee pollen lived passed 100 years of age without disease or major health issues. They were able to maintain a healthy body weight into old age.
Energy - Athletes who use bee pollen have reported a shorter recovery time after intense training.
Men’s sexual health - Studies show that bee pollen has an unusually high orac (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value which makes it very effective at preventing the accumulation of free radicals in seminal fluid. Research confirms that reducing these free radicals reduces pain and increases sperm count. In addition, the rich zinc content found in bee pollen boost sex drive. It is also effective in combating other deterrents to sexual health such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Appetite suppressant - contains phenylalanine, a natural appetite suppressant. Bee pollen also provides a rich source of nutrients which satisfies food cravings.
Cancer - studies show that there is a substance in bee pollen that inhibits the growth of cancer tumors.
Anemia - bee pollen has been found to increase red and white cell count and effectively raises hemoglobin.
Bee pollen has many other benefits which include treatment of bronchitis, colitis, ulcers of the digestive and urinary tract. It is beneficial for the nerves, the brain, fatigue and acne. It helps protect the arteries from atherosclerosis and treats prostate disorders.
Bee pollen can be taken in capsule or tablet form, but the ideal way to take it is in granule form. The granule forms varies in nutritional quality. It is best to look for granules that vary in color. This variation shows that the pollen is a mixture from several different geographical areas and will provide the maximum nutritional benefits.
The best place to find bee pollen is in the refrigerator section of your local health store. Heat destroys the nutrients in the pollen so it is important to look for a product that hasn’t been heat processed. It is usually sold in plastic containers. Unopened containers can be stored in the freezer for longer shelf life. Bee pollen is very reasonably priced, making it the ideal choice for anyone who would like to improve their health