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Rare Healthy Food Supplement - Introduction of Pollen of Rhus Javanica

Updated on December 8, 2015
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Tsu Yuan Nieh (Richard) is a electrical engineer, PhD. I care about having a healthy life very much and would love to share my insights.

Pollen of Rhus Javanica

Pollen is regarded as the world’s most nutritious natural food and Rhus Javanica from Taiwan is a rare plant produces the pollen with richest nutrition and has better taste than many other kinds of pollen. Rhus Javanica can be found in southern China, Taiwan, Indonesia and part of India and normally cultivate at 1200 ~ 2100 meters above sea level. Rhus Javanica has special requirements about the location they grow; it prefers to be in a warm area with a lot of sunlight but cannot withstand high heat so they are generally found around mountains. Its flower blossoms around October time and that is when beekeepers harvests the pollen. Rhus Javanica is in the same genus as Rhus Chinensis.

Rhus Javanica Photos

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Rhus Javanica flower.Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 1Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 2Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 3
Rhus Javanica flower.
Rhus Javanica flower. | Source
Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 1
Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 1 | Source
Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 2
Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 2 | Source
Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 3
Rhus Javanica flower and Bee 3 | Source
Taiwanese Rhus Javanica (Pu Yan) flower
Taiwanese Rhus Javanica (Pu Yan) flower | Source
Rhus Javanica (Pu Yan) flower and bee.
Rhus Javanica (Pu Yan) flower and bee. | Source

Story of Taiwanese Rhus Javanica Flower

At the end of Ming Dynasty (1644 AD) of China, overwhelmingly large amount of Southern Chinese migrants moved from Fu Jian province to Taiwan and they forced Taiwanese aborigines to move from the plains to the mountain so they are also called 'The Mountain Aborigines' by general population. The Taiwanese aborigines suffered from poverty and lack of resource by living in the mountain, particularly with salt need. Rhus Javanica in Chinese is called 'Pu Yan hua' (蒲鹽花), Yan (鹽) means salt in Chinese; the flower was named that way because it has a naturally salty taste and very nutritious and it was used by the aborigines as ingredient for cooking purpose.

The flowers blossom in October time, when the color of the flower changes from yellow to brown, it can be harvested. They would be dehydrated and stored for future use. There is a heart warming myth from the aborigines, they observed that the mountain monkeys sometimes dig out ginger and mix with Rhus Javanice flower as their food source.

Taiwan and Fu Jian of China

Rhus Javanica Pollen Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100g
Calories 38
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 54 g18%
Sugar 32 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 25 g50%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 4 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutrition Analysis of Pollen

The composition of the pollen varies very widely from different flower. When worker bees collect the pollen, they use honey as adhesives and mixed with pollen; that is why pollen taste sweet. Pollen has a very high amount of protein and amino acids which are essential to human body, especially the Glutamic Acid. Pollen also contains Calcium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Silicon, Tie, Copper, Aluminum, Manganese, Titanium, Cobalt, Nickel, Zirconium, Zinc , Strontium, Barium, Vanadium, Lithium, Yttrium… more than two dozens of elements. In addition, pollen only has very small portion of Sodium but has high amount of Potassium; high amount of Sodium (salt has high Sodium) can raise blood pressure. Therefore, pollen is a great nutrition source for patients suffering high blood pressure. Another key fact is that Pollen is also rich in Vitamins B-complex , Including Niacin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid and Biotin. Other than the Vitamin-B complex, it also contains relatively high amounts of Vitamin C and β-carotene. Comparing to other bee products, the calorie content for bee pollen is only one tenth of other bee products for example Royal Jelly or Honey.

Another important nutrient can be provided by pollen is enzyme. Pollen contains many kinds of different enzyme (also known as biocatalysts). There are six main categories of enzymes discovered including Transferase, Oxidoreductase, Hydrolase, Lyase, Isomerase, Ligase and others; a total of 94 kinds of enzyme in pollen content. When these enzymes are absorbed by human body, they can catalyze biological reactions, which is one of the important reason why pollen can improve human health and fight decease. Pollen enzymes is that It can easily be absorbed by human body because they are naturally active.

Note: the usual serving size is 4 gram but the nutrition table is showing 100 gram for easier clearer nutrition presentation.

General comparison of Honey, Pollen and Royal Jelly

Product
Calories per 100g
Nutrition Difference
Price
Pure Honey
341 Kcal
Carbonhydrate
Low
Pollen
38 Kcal
Dietary Elements
Medium
Royal Jelly
378 Kcal
Gonadotropin hormone
High

Healthy Effects

There are many positive effects in pollen on human body. The different type of enzymes inside pollen can improve human health and enhance immune system. In addition, as mentioned before, pollen contains many kind of dietary elements which can provide a balanced nutrition intake for human body. Just like Royal Jelly or other bee product, it contains Glumatic acid which can improve cell regeneration hence it has anti-aging effect. Read more below:

  • Pollen can relieve constipation

    Pollen contains 12.8% of dietary fiber, it has the ability to clean the intestines. In addition, it is also rich in Vitamin B1 which can improve intestinal peristalsis.

  • Maintain bone health

    Pollen contains calcium, phosphorus and magnesium and they are important components of bone formation. In order to increase calcium absorption efficiency, Vitamin D is essential which can also be provided by pollen. In addition, to have a strong bone formation, we also need to intake protein and Vitamin C. Pollen contains mentioned above, so it is the ideal food for bone health maintenance.

  • Avoiding enterohepatic circulation disease

    It can improve the health of liver and intestinal lesions and protect the liver and intestine system.

  • Prevention of coronary heart disease

    Pollen is rich in antioxidant agents such as Vitamins C and β-carotene, which can eliminate free radicals and preventing hardening arteries caused by the atherosclerotic effect.

  • Improve prostate problems

    80% of men ranged from 40 to 60 years old have varying degrees of prostatic hypertrophy symptoms. According to a number of studies, prostate problems can be improved by pollen.

  • Anti-aging and rejuvenate skin

    Daily consumption of pollen can increase nutrition dermal elasticity and prevent wrinkles, brown spots and freckles.

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Bee pollen interceptor
Bee pollen interceptor | Source
Bee pollen collector.
Bee pollen collector. | Source

Harvesting

To harvest pollen directly from flower is very difficult because flower pollen is too thin and light and it is not economical to invest in producing such meticulous instrument to gather pollen when there are the best pollen collectors available: the bees. When a bee is trying to gather pollen, it will use its legs to mix the tiny pollen powders with flower honey, which is why pollen taste sweet and the secretion from its mouth to make pollen grains. The tip of the two back legs of the bees are shaped like a net so they can easily grabbing the pollen grains back to their beehive.

The beekeepers will set up a 'pollen interceptor' outside of the beehive, which is a metal board with drilled holes and just fitted bee's body so they would have to climb into the beehive and let go the pollen grains. A container is attached to the interceptor to catch the dropped pollen grains for beekeepers to harvest. When the bees realize that there are not enough pollen to use, they will go out again and gather more pollen.

The beekeepers have to find a balance between how much they need to collect and how much the bees can keep for themselves. Beekeepers should take care of the bees and understand they are relying on the bees by selling bee products for profit and making a living from it. If too much pollen or honey are harvested, bees will have difficulty to survive.

Pollen Oatmeal Porridge

I eat Pollen Oatmeal Porridge as breakfast on daily basis; it is a very healthy and economical dish for breakfast. Note that the enzyme of pollen will be destroyed by boiling water so it will the best to mix the pollen with the porridge after it is cooled down slightly.

See instructions and ingredients below. The amount of ingredient is based on my preference.

Ingredients

  • 3 Chinese soup spoon oatmeal, any brand will do.
  • 2 Chinese soup spoon frozen sweetcorn
  • 1 tea spoon honey, better use pure honey.
  • 1 pack Rhus Javanica flower pollen
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Put water in the boiling pan. Adding oatmeal mix with sweetcorn without turning on the fire and mix them.
  2. Start cooking until it is boiled. It takes around 3~4 minutes to boil.
  3. Stir the oatmeal mix constantly until it looks like porridge and turn the fire down. Put a tea spoon of honey in. Stir it again until it is fully mixed.
  4. Pour the porridge in a bowl and stir it so it cools down slightly and add a pack of Rhus Javanica Pollen and stir it until the color of the porridge turns slightly orange.

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Oatmeal Porridge with Pollen

Rhus Javanica Pollen, pack and grains.
Rhus Javanica Pollen, pack and grains. | Source

Conclusion

Pollen has plenty of positive effects on human body and it is one of the best food supplement on the market. Comparing to Royal Jelly, the price is a lot cheaper and other than hormone substances only Royal Jelly can offer, the pollen is just as nutritious as Royal Jelly. One advantage of bee products is that you can intake any mix of them without extra burdens on your body. The picture is showing one pack of Rhus Javanica Pollen, 4 gram per pack, good enough for daily use.

To summary this article:

  • Rhus Javanica flower (Pu Yan flower) are rare plant only from Easter Asian and its pollen is the most nutritious and delicious among other different kinds of pollen.
  • Pollen has up to 27 kinds of Vitamins and dietary elements.
  • Pollen has healthy effects to cure constipation, maintain bone health, provent enterohepatic circulation disease, prevent coronary heart disease, improve prostate problems, anti-aging and rejuvenate skin.
  • Harvesting the pollen by placing pollen interceptor outside of the beehive.
  • Oatmeal porridge with pollen recipe and instructions.

Bee pollen is one of the best food supplement in the world. In addition, it tastes well and can be mixed with drinks. porridge or taken directly.

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      Tsu Yuan Nieh 21 months ago from Newcastle, UK

      Thank you for commenting. I only know one merchant selling Rhus Javanica pollen and they only sell it in Taiwan. If you are in the US, you might have to buy it internationally. I sell it as a side business, www.beeparty-health.com. but I live in the UK. If you buy it from me, the package will be posted from Taiwan and can take a while.

      The only thing I know you cannot use metal spoon to take is Royal Jelly because it is sensitive to metal. I am not very sure about the difference between wooden spoon and metal spoon on general cooking. Sorry about that. I will look into that and share the info if I learn anything.

      By the way, my hub does not pass for QAP again and being blocked.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 21 months ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Hi Richard,

      Where can I purchase Rhus Javanica in pill form? I enjoyed your video but I have to frank, I am not certain how my culinary skills to try this porridge with corn.

      I love my oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, I wonder if this might blend or would it completely change the taste?

      I don't quite understand when to use a wooden spoon and when to avoid a metal spoon. Perhaps a general cooking hub on wooden spoon use to guide me might be helpful?