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The top 7 uses for bee pollen

  1. Bee pollen is becoming more and more popular, and no wonder at all! More and more people are discovering the wonderful health properties of this pollen ball. Not only can you maintain your health, but you can also combat ailments and disorders with a daily bite of bee pollen.

  2. Bee pollen is becoming more and more popular, and no wonder at all! More and more people are discovering the wonderful health properties of this pollen ball. Not only can you maintain your health, but you can also combat ailments and ailments with a daily bite of bee pollen.

  1. And if that's not enough: Bee pollen can play a very important role if you want to lose weight. Became curious? Read on quick!

First a bit about the honeybees themselves

  1. The honey bee, as we know it in the Netherlands, is a very hard worker: They collect pollen and honey. That is basically their life purpose. And during the work they fertilize all kinds of crops. They do not do this consciously, but it is very important to us: Without the fertilization of the honey bees, there will be no fruit on the trees. Even more: A world without bees is almost unthinkable. All the more reason to embrace the existence of these insects. This is not always easy, because as a result of all kinds of diseases among honey bees worldwide, the number of colonies is thinning out very sharply. Different protection programs must ensure that the diseases are fought, in order to guarantee the survival of the bees and thus our own existence.

  1. Honeybees are very social animals. They live in colonies of 40,000 bees on average. To get a little idea about life in a beehive, just briefly the main characters in this wonderful world:

  1. You will see these bees the most. This is no wonder, because 99% of a bee population consists of worker bees.

  1. Worker bees are all females that do all the necessary activities in and around the hive: feeding the larvae, taking care of the queen, cleaning, collecting honey and pollen, building up the honeycomb and guarding the bee colony.

  1. A worker bee lives on average for 45 days. During these 45 days she will have different functions depending on her age.

  1. Also the worker bee is the only bee who can stitch. Since the stinger has barbed hooks on her abdomen, the reaction of stinger withdrawal will inevitably result in death. The sting remains in your skin, together with the venom vesicle that continues to pump through. Never pull a stinger out of your skin with your flat fingers. You immediately empty the venom vesicle into your body. It is better to put the nail under the stinger to remove it completely.

  1. The worker bees know that a sting will be fatal to them, so will not sting if there isn't a good reason for it. So be nice to the worker bees, and they won't sting you.

  1. These are the male bees, which by the way are not able to sting. They are very lazy, because they don't work. The only activity entrusted to them is mating with their own queen and queens from other bee colonies. After mating, they will die almost instantly. And if they don't get the chance to mate, they will die in about 90 days.

  1. There is only one Queen in each bee colony. She is the mother of all bees in the same hive. Despite the fact that she is cared for all day long by an army of worker bees, the life of a Queen is not exactly fun. Soon after her birth, she leaves the hive for three days. During this outing, the queen will mate with at least 15 drones. After this wild weekend, she returns to the closet. She will spend the rest of her life in the closet.

  2. There is only one Queen in each bee colony. She is the mother of all bees in the same hive. Despite the fact that she is cared for all day long by an army of worker bees, the life of a Queen is not exactly fun. Soon after birth, she leaves the hive for three days. During this outing, the queen will mate with at least 15 drones. After this wild weekend, she returns to the closet. She will spend the rest of her life in the closet.

  1. The only way for her to leave is when the bee colony starts to swarm: Two queens are present, so that one is forced to leave. She takes part of the people with her to start a new people together. We call this â € swarmingâ € ™.

  2. The only way for her to leave is when the bee colony starts to swarm: There are two queens present, so that one is forced to leave. She takes part of the people with her to start a new people together. We call this â € swarmingâ € ™.

  1. There is so much to tell about the life and work of honeybees. It is a magical world from which we could learn an awful lot. But for now I will leave it at this, because this is ultimately about the bee pollen.

What are bee pollen?

  1. Bee pollen consists basically of pure pollen, neatly held together by a mixture of wax and honey, creating a very small, compact ball.

  2. Bee pollen consists basically of pure pollen, neatly held together by a mixture of wax and honey, creating a very small, compact, ball.

  1. First, a few small facts about pollen and bee pollen:

  1. It's good to dwell on these dizzying numbers every time you take a teaspoon of bee pollen.

  1. Thanks for the hard work, honeybees!

  1. The pollen, which makes up the bee pollen, is the male seed of the flowers visited by the bees. The pollen is deliberately collected to feed the young bees in the hive. But with every visit to a flower, the bee also leaves some pollen behind, after which the female pistil in the flower in question is fertilized. This fertilization is necessary for the development of fruits. Without this pollination there would be no apples or pears hanging on the tree. In other words, without the honeybees we don't have fruit and vegetables.

  1. Bee pollen consists of approximately 40% pure proteins. It is considered one of nature's most complete food sources. Not only for the young honey bees, but also for humans. Almost half of the proteins consist of free amino acids that can be directly absorbed and used by the body. This type of protein is super healthy and can make an important contribution to the protein needs of the human body.

  1. I have already explained a little bit how the pollen is collected, but it is not as easy as it seems:

  1. As soon as a honey bee visits a flower, it deftly scrapes the powdery pollen from the stamens. For this she uses her jaws and her front legs. At the same time, she mixes the pollen with a little bit of honey, making it sticky.

  1. On each hind leg the honey bee has a so-called pollen basket: Long hairs in the shape of eyelashes, where it stores the pollen for transport. The pollen, which has become a bit sticky due to the added honey, is tamped firmly, creating a very small ball: The bee pol as we know it.

  1. Normally the bee pollen is transported to the hive, as food for the young bees. There they are delivered, and again kneaded by the worker bees in the hive and stored in one of the cells of the honeycomb. The cell is closed with a little bit of wax, which gives it a long shelf life.

  1. But since we would also like to use the bee pollen, it is collected before the bee pollen can reach the honeycomb. This is done with a so-called pollen catcher: A grid with very small holes that is placed in front of the entrance to the hive. The honey bee only just fits through here, causing the bee pollen to fall down on its hind legs and be collected in a small container. Ready to be collected by the beekeeper. Frustrating for the bees, because they lose their pollen every time!

  1. One of the most interesting facts about bee pollen is that it cannot be replicated in a laboratory. Researchers have analyzed existing bee pollen down to the smallest detail and recreated it in an artificial way. But when they replaced the existing bee pollen in the hive with the fake bee pollen, the entire bee population died within a few weeks.

  1. This result was very strange because with the latest equipment they had copied all the elements in the bee pollen, but it turns out that there are still some essential elements in the bee pollen that current science cannot yet identify. The honey bees add their own â € ˜magicâ € ™ ingredient to the bee pollen, and it is widely believed that it is precisely these additions that make bee pollen so spectacularly effective against all kinds of ailments and ailments.

The composition of bee pollen

  1. If you take a look at the list of components, you are quickly impressed. Bee pollen contains no less than 250 substances, including amino acids, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. Without going into too much detail, I will give you the global composition of bee pollen here:

The 7 main uses of bee pollen

  1. Bee pollen can be used very widely. So many healthy nutrients in the bee pollen, so many uses. Below I list the 7 most important for you:

  1. The high nutritional value of bee pollen is able to stimulate ovulation. Several studies have been conducted into this effect, and it has been found that the women who ate bee pollen, especially as a replacement for animal proteins, ovulated more regularly and more frequently. Parallel to this effect, it was also found that the incubation period of the oocytes was longer. This is the time that an egg can survive until fertilization is no longer possible.

  1. Bee pollen can be very helpful in combating different types of allergies. But this can only work if you start taking bee pollen about 6 weeks prior to allergy season. You must then at least keep this up until the end of the allergy season.

  1. Bee pollen has long been used to treat allergy sufferers. This technique was developed at the beginning of the 20th century at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and is called "desensitization".

  1. The principle is actually very simple, and consists of administering small amounts of the appropriate allergen to activate the immune system to produce antibodies. As a result, the allergic reaction will get smaller over time, until it disappears completely because the body has now produced the correct antibodies. In fact, the effect is equivalent to vaccinating children against all kinds of childhood diseases.

  1. A (now deceased) physician and researcher from Denver, Colorado, treated many of his allergy patients with bee pollen. He has also done thorough research on this, and came with astonishing results: All patients who had ingested the bee pollen for three years were (almost) free of all allergic symptoms. This result was achieved without any diet or other lifestyle changes. To be more precise: 94% of the people had no complaints at all. The other 6% still had some complaints, but at least it had improved a lot. The latter group will also improve over time.

  1. Bee pollen is also very popular in the sports world. A while ago, all tests were done on athletes in England. There they concluded that muscle strength increased by about 40% after taking bee pollen for a longer period of time.

  1. We come across another such story in Finland's Olympic track team. The athletes regularly used bee pollen, and the coaches registered a significant improvement in their performance for all athletes, without any negative side effects. After this observation, the bee pollen was provided by the sports association, and the athletes were obliged to take it.

  1. And then the last story. This one is about the athletes from the Education Atletics Club in Philadelphia. The director tells about the use of bee pollen by the athletes. They found that power and performance had increased by as much as 25%.

  1. Perhaps an idea for the Dutch athletes. As far as I know, bee pollen is not on the banned substance list…

  1. Bee pollen can work wonders when it comes to weight loss. It is a known fact that an imbalance in the metabolism has a very strong influence on sudden weight gain or weight loss. Bee pollen is able to restore this metabolic imbalance.

  1. The pollen stimulates the metabolism, making the burning of calories many times faster. Actually, bee pollen should be the only allowable supplement when it comes to weight loss.

  1. In addition, bee pollen contains very few calories: Per tablespoon (with a cup on it) there are only 45 kilocalories in the bee pollen. Ideal combination right?

  1. A substance that plays a major role in this is Lecithin. About 15% of bee pollen consists of Lecithin. This substance plays a very important role in dissolving and removing excess fat from your body. For that reason, it will also regulate your cholesterol, which in turn has a positive effect on the risk of cardiovascular disease. But more on this later.

  1. In addition to stimulating every part of your body through the richness of nutrients in the bee pollen, it also has another function with regard to weight loss: The naturally present substance Phenylalanine in the bee pollen suppresses your hunger pangs. It is a natural amino acid that strongly influences the control center in your brain, which is about signals related to feeling full and hungry.

  1. You just eat less if you regularly take bee pollen.

  1. A nice detail: Your body is very smart! The Phenylalanine works as an appetite suppressant if you are overweight. But it also works the other way around: If you are underweight, which is also not healthy, the Phenylalanine works as an appetite stimulant. Nice huh?

  1. Commercial waste products contain the same amino acid, but in the artificial form. It is then called Phenylpropanolamine. This suppresses the feeling of hunger in an artificial way. It is a drug with a number of unpleasant side effects, and it is addictive. One of the side effects is that you lose your appetite. May sound great for weight loss, but losing your appetite is not the same as controlling hunger.

  1. Incidentally, this artificial substance should not be taken if you have high blood pressure or if you have problems with your thyroid gland. This says it all…

  1. Bee pollen can also be used for skin care. Not only to achieve and maintain young, radiant skin, but also for the treatment of various skin conditions, including acne. Bee pollen appears to prevent premature aging of cells and stimulate the growth of new skin tissue. It's also an effective way to protect your skin from drying out, while also rehydrating dry cells. This makes the skin more flexible and wrinkles will be much less likely.

  1. Bee pollen can also play an important role in acne. Bee pollen is responsible for the suppression of acne, especially due to the natural antibiotic in the bee pollen. Bee pollen can be used both internally and externally.

  1. We have already talked about lecithin, a substance contained in bee pollen. This substance helps dissolve and dispose of body fat. This is not only interesting for weight loss, but also for your cholesterol. By using bee pollen, the amount of LDL Cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) will decrease, while the HDL Cholesterol (the good cholesterol) will be significantly increased. This allows you to better balance your cholesterol, which is beneficial in terms of the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  1. Due to all the properties of bee pollen, the supply of blood to the nerves is improved. In addition, mental capacity is stimulated. These are often the parts that are weakened when there is a lot of stress. By using bee pollen you will continue to function mentally efficiently, which will help you get rid of stress more quickly.

  1. Bee pollen can also be useful for the elderly to get more energy. Even a small daily dose, over a longer period of time, is effective in improving your mood, your mental capacities and your energy.

How can you ingest bee pollen?

  1. If you have bought good quality bee pollen, it consists of soft and fragrant grains that have not been pasteurized, or heated in some way to make it last longer. Heating destroys much of the healing qualities of bee pollen.

  1. The grains can vary greatly in color and taste. This of course depends on which flower or flowers the pollen comes from. Sometimes the pollen has a slightly sweet and nutty taste, sometimes the taste is very bitter. Just try to taste bee pollen from different sources. You will be amazed at the richness and the differences in taste.

  1. Bee pollen is very versatile. You can eat the grains as is, or you can mix it with any other food, depending on your preferences. But the pure grains, without mixing, is always the best way. Just eat a teaspoon of bee pollen, chew well and swallow. By chewing you break the hard shell, so that the absorption of the nutrients will take place more efficiently.

  1. Never use bee pollen in food that needs to be heated. Heat destroys all enzymes and thus greatly reduces the nutritional value of bee pollen.

  1. Young children can also benefit from the health benefits, but young people often do not appreciate the grainy texture. This will get used to over time, but to prevent a recurring battle, you can, for example, process the bee pollen in a delicious smoothie. You can also use the granules to sprinkle on pancakes, or simply to mix the muesli. All ways to let your kids also benefit from bee pollen.

How much should you take?

  1. This is a frequently asked question. The answer is actually very simple: An adult can take 1-2 teaspoons of bee pollen per day. For children, half a teaspoon is initially sufficient.

  1. This is of course a guide, as you can adjust this yourself if you think you need more, but don't overdo it.

  1. If you suffer from allergic reactions to pollen, you can still ingest bee pollen. Your body will react differently to the hard grains than to the light pollen. However, if you are still afraid of an allergic reaction, here's what you can do:

  1. First place a few grains of bee pollen under your tongue, where it will be absorbed almost immediately. It's rare, but you can check this way for an itchy throat, watery eyes, and / or headaches. If this goes well, you can increase the dose little by little. You have to listen carefully to your body: Do you feel anything strange? Then stop immediately or reduce the dose considerably. From that point you can slowly build it up again.

Finallyâ €!

  1. Bee pollen is very popular right now, and companies are making good use of it to offer their products over the Internet. Unfortunately, this market also has inferior providers. Companies that offer poor quality bee pollen, or even artificially made bee pollen that cannot even be in the shadow of the real bee pollen.

  1. Good quality bee pollen can easily cost you 30 to 35 euros per kilo. Depending on your consumption, you will have a supply for two months.

  1. If you come across extremely cheap offers: don't accept! In this case cheap is always too much money for an inferior product.

  1. Obviously, it is best to buy your bee pollen directly from a beekeeper. At least then you know for sure that you are buying a good product. And you can spoil yourself with a jar of delicious honey!

Sources

  1. Www.imkersnederland.nl/bijenproducten/stuifmeel

  1. Www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20880286/

  1. Www.researchgate.net/publication/221902159_An_Evidence-Based_Systematic_Review_of_Bee_Pollen_by_the_Natural_Standard_Research_Collaboration

  1. Www.bee-pollen-benefits.com/bee-pollen-studies.html



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