Bee bread 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.
In modern times, bee bread 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.
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 or bee bread (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).
Bee bread is by far the best and most optimal naturally occurring combination of:
- Proteins (up to 30%)
- All essential amino acids
- Important minerals (potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, copper, phosphorus, cobalt calcium, folic acid, choline)
- Vitamins (A, C, D, E, K)
- 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 components come together and create unique synergy, complementing each other, thus further increasing their effect and wide-ranging benefits.
So, how does bee bread really affect the human body?
Bee bread 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 bread can also be mixed with honey, dissolved with some water or yoghurt. Give it a try!
How much should you eat?
The quantity of bee bread 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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