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The healing power of bee pollen or pollen grains

  1. Bee pollen is a product of bees. The bees collect pollen from flowers. They transport this pollen flying in the form of spheres. Then the spheres are stored in the honeycomb. Then it can be made into honey, but a beekeeper can choose to collect the pollen for sale. That's called bee pollen. Bee pollen is increasingly available. In 2014 you can already find it at some average drugstores.

Contents:

  1. Naming Ingredients bee pollen Allergic to bee pollen Pollen and hay fever Products from bees Good for allergies Bee pollen helps elite athletes recover Bee pollen and prostate cancer Good for the intestines? Tips for eating bee pollen

Naming

  1. The Latin name of bee pollen is Brassica campestris. It is also referred to as pollen grains. In English they say 'bee pollen'. Pollen or pollen is the product that the bee collects from flowers, hence these names.

Bee pollen ingredients

  1. Vegans do not eat bee products so unfortunately they have to miss out on what makes them all of vegetable matter. When it comes to healthy phytonutrients, bee pollen is a true champion. It's even called a superfood. Unlike vegans, vegetarians do eat animal products and can rejoice that bee pollen contains vitamin B12, a vitamin found only in eggs, biodynamic raw milk, seaweed and some land vegetables such as comfrey. Furthermore, bee pollen contains the following vitamins: vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B8, B11, C, D, E and K. In terms of minerals, bee pollen contains: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, silicon, molybdenum, zinc, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper and iodine. It contains an important flavonoid, genistein.

Allergic to bee pollen

  1. Some people are allergic to bee pollen. It is important to recognize a wrong reaction from the body. Most people who are allergic to bee pollen also have other allergies. In exceptional cases it can happen that someone is only allergic to bee pollen. Incidentally, that is not something to be very afraid of. A much more serious allergy is milk allergy. Also a grain intolerance can be very serious and troublesome as avoiding grains is much more difficult than bee pollen.

Pollen and hay fever

  1. Pollen is good for allergies and therefore also good for hay fever. It seems a bit contradictory to fight a pollen allergy with pollen, but it is not. In this case, you eat the pollen and it doesn't get up your nose. You also make use of the antioxidants because your immune system is strengthened. What some people advise is to boost your immune system by eating bee pollen four weeks before the hay fever season starts. Then you keep the intake of this product throughout the hay fever season. The most allergenic pollen, that of birch and grasses, occurs from the beginning of April to mid-September.

Products from bees

  1. In a study that revealed the antioxidant effect of bee products, scientists concluded that propolis is the healthiest bee product. Then came bee pollen, then honey. Bee pollen contains many antioxidants and these can eliminate free radicals that can cause all kinds of lifestyle diseases. The advantage of bee pollen or pollen grains is that they are much cheaper than propolis.

Good with allergies

  1. Bee pollen helps to reduce allergic symptoms. Genistein was investigated for allergic reactions in a 2009 scientific study. The researchers thought it was this substance that reduced allergic reactions in their study subjects, mice. Genistein was isolated and fed to mice. Still, the researchers think it's not all about genistein. It is suspected that there is another element other than genistein which is responsible for allergy-reducing action.

Bee pollen helps elite athletes recover

  1. In a study from 1982, they wanted to get proof of whether sports performance can be increased by eating bee pollen. This turned out not to be the case, but it was seen that the athletes who took bee pollen missed much fewer training days. That makes sense because top sport requires a lot from the body and a lot of free radicals are released when the body is under heavy strain. These free radicals can lead to illness. When you take bee pollen, it means that fewer free radicals are present and therefore less chance of disease. The body's ability to recover is activated. As a result, athletes also suffer less from muscle pain.

Bee pollen and prostate cancer

  1. Research conducted in China in 2007 found bee pollen to help prevent prostate cancer. In traditional Chinese medicine, bee pollen is used in all kinds of cancers. These effects have not been investigated. However, since cancer is partly caused by free radicals, you can assume that the antioxidant richness of bee pollen can prevent cancer. More research needs to be done to demonstrate the true cancer-fighting properties of bee pollen. In 1990 an English study had already been done which showed that bee pollen prevents an enlarged prostate.

Good for the intestines?

  1. On the site of the Dutch Beekeepers Association it can be read that pollen grains are good for blockages, diarrhea, intestinal inflammation and all kinds of infections. This is not yet confirmed by scientific research for the simple reason that this research has not yet been done or announced. You can see that in all cases antioxidants have an anti-inflammatory effect, so that will also work for bee pollen. Moreover, this bee product is an antibiotic just like honey. That means it fights pathogenic bacteria. The chances are therefore very high that the healing power of bee pollen for intestinal disorders will receive scientific substantiation in the foreseeable future.

Tips for eating bee pollen

  1. Bee pollen should be taken in the morning for the most effective effect. Optionally you can take a tablespoon like this, but it doesn't really taste good, a bit sweet and mealy. Two tablespoons a day of this very healthy product are sufficient. You can sprinkle it on the oatmeal or homemade muesli. The added benefit is that bee pollen tastes slightly sweet. You have to put less sugar or sugar substitutes on breakfast. Some people make a smoothie extra healthy by sprinkling bee pellets on it. You can dress up a red smoothie by sprinkling the cheerful yellow granules on it. It is also possible to put bee pollen on your bread, for example in combination with honey, peanut butter, sunflower paste or tahini; that is a sandwich spread based on sesame seeds. You could also mix a tablespoon of the grains with a vegetable salad. You can also use bee pollen in desserts such as yogurt. You can decorate a not so healthy ice cream with bee pollen to give it some health value. By the way, you can make your own ice cream, which is a lot less unhealthy.



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