Natural Organic Bee Pollen as a Health supplement
Benefits of Bee Pollen Supplements
What is bee pollen?
Bee pollen come to the forefront as a supplement in the later half of the 1970’s when some athletes reported that taking bee pollen enhanced their performance on the field. The truth in these claims is still questionable however; bee pollen was highly researched after its rise to fame. Although performance enhancement never reached the claims, it did have some effect in that area. we are more interested in the fact that that research did show some other, considerable benefits that bee pollen brought to human beings. To understand better, let us look at what organic bee pollen is and how it benefits the human body.
Bee pollen is a mixture of plant nectar, plant pollens and bee saliva. Worker bees produce it and carry it back to the hive to nourish the drone bees. However, organic bee pollen is little different from general bee pollen – organic bee pollen is produced from hives that thrive on lands that are free of toxic materials like chemicals, fertilizers and insecticides. If it comes from agricultural land, the land should be cultivated using sustainable farming techniques. Bee pollen is an amazing mixture of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids in addition to carbohydrates, proteins and essential fatty acids and therefore highly beneficial to a human body.
The benefits of natural Bee Pollen
Taken regularly, bee pollen can have relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects on the human body. It is used to treat certain conditions like menopause symptoms, constipation and benign prostatic hyperplasia traditionally. However, bee pollen is not recommended for people who are allergic to bee products, ragweed, bee venom and any products of the chrysanthemum family. In cases where such allergies exist, bee pollen has been known to cause rare reactions that are anaphylactic. Talking to your doctor would be a recommended action, if you are interested in gaining from a daily dose of bee pollen.
Bee pollen is rich in protein, assorted vitamins and trace minerals, it is low in fat, making it a rich source for a daily intake supplement. A teaspoon of bee pollen a day can give you 4% of RDA (recommended daily allowance) of vitamin C (for aiding the production of collagen), 2% RDA of Zinc (for a healthy immune system) and 4% RDA of copper (for aiding healthy Red Blood Cells). It also contains quercetin and carotenes that help your body purge free radicals. In fact, a similar dose of bee pollen provides almost as much protein as peanut butter with half the calories. Regular intake of bee pollen is highly beneficial and recommended, however, consulting your doctor could keep you in good stead. No one knows your body like your doctor does..!
Sourcing genuine organic bee pollen can be a problem. Many vendors are known to dispense bee pollen calling it “organic”, however, such claims need to be substantiated. Checking the labels for sourcing information could be beneficial. We feel the best source of natural organic bee pollen comes from New Zealand, which is known to be an unspoiled area of the world, this area is most likely to yield organic bee pollen.