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Bee pollen: What is it?

Bee bread, also known as bee pollen, has been used by humanity for its nutritional and medicinal qualities for centuries (Campos et al., 2010). In essence, it is fermented pollen stored in hives that honeybees use for food. Ancient Egyptians used to describe bee bread as “the dust that gives life” (Bogdanov, 2017). The earliest accounts of its medicinal use are found in books by Arab and Jewish physicians in Islamic Spain. Centuries ago they documented its qualities of an extremely potent and nutritious food additive.

In modern times, bee pollen is globally recognized as a powerful biostimulator, anabolic, probiotic, aphrodisiac, immunostimulator, energy stimulator and extremely effective supplement for the cardiovascular system. It recovers, heals and protects the whole organism. In other words, it is one of the most beneficial and most effective natural supplements in the world. Morais et al. (2011) describes it as “the only perfectly complete food”.

Making and harvesting bee bread are extremely demanding and arduous processes, as to produce 7 grams, a single bee must work for a whole month! This is why, despite its numerous benefits, bee bread has been fairly unknown to the general public. Until now.

Or, if we want to sound scientifically accurate (and boring): What is bee pollen?

Honey bees do not consume raw pollen as collected in the field. Instead, flower pollen is stored in comb cells with little bee saliva and is then sealed with a drop of honey (Gilliam, 1979a). It is good to know that bee secretions contain over 50 enzymes and coenzymes (11 of which vital) and more than 20 bacteria of the lactobacillus group. Hence, flower pollen stored in this manner undergoes a fermentation process and thus becomes what is called bee pollen (Herbert and Shimanuki, 1978; Bogdanov, 2017). The various biochemical transformations break down the walls of flower pollen grains thereby making the product much more potent and nearly 100% absorbable by the human organism (Mutsaers et al., 2005; Zuluaga et al., 2015).

Natural and invigorating, bee pollen is made of:

Nutrient Quantity Percentages
 Proteins 22g 44%
 Carbohydrates  51g  19%
 Lipids  11g  15%
 Dietary fibres  1g  5%
 Vitamin A, RE  50 μg  5.6%
 Beta carotene  112 mg  2240%
 Vitamin B1, thiamine  3.5 mg  233.3%
 Vitamin B2, riboflavin  2 mg  111.1%
 Vitamin B5, pantothenic  8 mg  160%
 Vitamin B6, pyridoxine  1.5 mg  75%
 Vitamin B9, folates  600 μg  150%
 Vitamin C, ascorbic  175 mg  194.4%
 Vitamin D, calciferol  4 μg  40%
 Vitamin E, alpha tocopherol, TE  170 mg  1133.3%
 Vitamin H, biotin  100 μg 200%
 Vitamin K, phylloquinone  130 μg  108.3%
 Vitamin PP, NE  20mg  (100%)
 Potassium, K  1750 mg  70%
 Calcium, Ca  750 mg  75%
 Silicon, Si  350 mg  1166.7%
 Magnesium, Mg  420mg  105%
 Sodium, Na  840 mg  64.6%
 Sulfur, S  70 mg  7%
 Phosphorus, Ph  840 mg  105%
 Chlorine, Cl  64 mg  2.8%
 Iron, Fe  1.2 mg  6.7%
 Cobalt, Co  7 μg  70%
 Copper, Cu  12 μg 1.2%
 Chrome, Cr  21 μg  42%
 Zinc, Zn  1.5 mg  12.5%
  • And other bioactive substances (hormones, antioxidants and ferments, over 50 enzymes and coenzymes, 11 of which vital, and more than 20 bacteria of the lactobacillus group).
  • All of these come in just 388kcal per 100 grams of bee bread.

All the nutrients bee pollen is made of intermingle, thus creating unique synergy, complementing each other, thus further increasing their effect and wide-ranging benefits.

NOTE: This table serves for reference only and shows the average norms for nutritional intake in 100g of Bee Bread for an adult based on an average diet of 2000kcal daily. Other factors such as gender, age, activeness etc. can affect intake requirements. In case you suffer any medical condition or require medical assistance, consult a qualified physician before consumption.

So, how does bee bread really affect the human body?

Bee pollen has numerous positive effects on the overall health.
  • improves overall fitness
  • is a benefactor to the functioning of the cardiovascular system
  • serves as an anticarcinogen
  • protects the liver
  • regulates the immune system
  • prevents allergic reactions
  • has positive effect on the nervous system
  • improves gut and gastroenterological health
  • Last, but not least - it stimulates the reproductive system

So, how do you consume bee bread?

Our researchers recommend you drink a glass of purified water before consuming bee bread, as this starts up the digestive processes and aids absorption. Remember to avoid tap water, as chemicals contained in it negatively affect the the probiotics and other bioactive substances found in it. Use mineral, purified or spring water instead. Bee pollen can also be mixed with honey, dissolved with some water or yoghurt. Give it a try!

How much should you eat?

The quantity depends mostly on your activeness and age. It is recommended you consume it in cycles of 40 days with two to three weeks of rest inbetween. The recommended daily dosage is given below:

  • 0-2 year olds - half a tea spoon.
  • 3-10 year olds - one tea spoon.
  • 11-19 year olds - one and a half - two tea spoons.
  • 20 - from 0.25g to 0.5g per kilogram of bodyweight.
  • For extremely active individuals (e.g sportspeople) dosage can increase to 0.75g per kg of bodyweight.

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