(Health Secrets) Bee pollen is often referred to as nature’s most complete food. Pollen harvested from a diverse selection of geographic areas contains all the essential components of life in a good tasting, chewable, easily digested, and highly bio-available form that can be consumed by anyone from young children to the very old. Because these nourishing and rejuvenating elements have been crafted into the most super of superfoods by nature, they have the added benefits of perfect synergy. Bee pollen also offers healing, with research studies documenting its medicinal effects.
Bees are legendary
The bee has been revered and deified in many religious cultures. The Hindu text Rig-Veda, written in Sanskrit between 2000 and 3000 BC, speaks of bees with awe. Vishnu, the powerful preserver and protector of the Hindu trinity, is frequently symbolized by a blue bee sitting on a lotus flower. Kama, the Indian god of love, carries a bow strung with a chain of entwined bees. Cultures worshipping fertility goddesses such as Venus, Diana, Ceres, or Iris used the bee as a symbol for scared festivities. Next to man, no other living creature has been so highly esteemed by so many diverse cultures.
The bee is believed to be over 80 million years old. The Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Talmund, the scrolls of the Orient, and the writings of the ancient Greeks and Romans all praised the healing and health properties of foods created by bees. Bee’s nectar is mentioned 68 times in the Bible.
The old Caucasus mountaineers were beekeepers and knew that what came from bees enhanced health. They would sell their bee products at the market and eat the leftovers. They exercised every day by working outdoors, got plenty of fresh air, and ate a whole foods diet. Many of them were reported to be the same weight they were at age 18, free of disease, and more than 150 years old.
D.C. Jarvis, M.D. and Charles Mraz, a beekeeper in Vermont, searched to find cases of cancer or deaths from cancer among beekeepers. They were unable to find any cancer deaths. One keeper had Hodgkins disease which he contracted before becoming a beekeeper. He was healed of it once he started his new occupation and began consuming bee products.
Pollen is the male seed of flowers. It is essential for the fertilization of most plants. All the varieties of flowers in the universe put forth a dusting of pollen, including the many fruiting agricultural crops. One teaspoon of bee pollen contains approximately 2.5 billion flower pollen grains, each of which has the capacity to supply those factors necessary for the fertilization and reproduction of the particular species.
Bees make bee pollen to feed their young. As with all species except man, bees seek out and create the most nutritious food to feed to their off spring. Bee pollen contains 40% protein, about half of which is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be assimilated and used by the body.
The master craftsmanship of the bee
Gathering pollen is an arduous process. When bees arrive at flowers, they pick out the best pollen from the millions of grains that are present. Then they scrape the pollen from the stamen with their jaws and front legs. They moisten it with a sticky substance secreted from their stomachs so it will adhere to their rear legs. The jagged bristles of their rear legs are used to comb the powder from their coats and front legs. When the concave areas on their tibias used as pollen baskets are fully loaded, this microscopic dust has been tamped down into a single golden granule.
Many thousands of chemical analyses of bee pollen have been performed, but there are some elements present that are not yet identifiable. When man-made pollen is fed to young bees they die, even though all the known nutrients are present in the lab synthesized version. These unknown elements may be part of the reason why bee pollen is so beneficial for so many diverse health conditions.
Amazing nutritional properties of bee pollen
The Chinese consider bee pollen to be an energy enhancer and restorative tonic. Cultures around the world use bee pollen for improving vitality and endurance, aiding recovery from chronic illness, promoting longevity, regulating intestinal functioning, building blood, preventing infection, restoring lost sexual desire and fertility, treating menstrual cramps, alleviating depression and fatigue, treating migraine headaches, normalizing cholesterol levels, and treating cravings and addictions. There is mounting evidence that bee pollen can help overcome retardation and other developmental problems in children. Bee pollen prevents many side effects of radiation treatment and has many anti-cancer properties.
Bee pollen is richer in protein than any animal source, and contains more free-form amino acids than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight. It contains an abundance of pro vitamin A in the form of carotenoids, the B complex vitamins and folate, vitamins C and E, as well as a wealth of minerals, enzymes, lecithin, carbohydrates in the form of natural sugars, and fatty acids.
The amino acids found in bee pollen are the most indispensable in our daily diet and cannot be manufactured or synthesized in our bodies. Pollen also contains amines, nuclein, guanine, xanthine, hypoxanthine, vernine, waxes, gums, resins, hydrocarbons, sterols, polypeptides, ribose, desoxyribose, hexuronic acid, unprocessed vegetable oils, and various growth factors. Bee pollen is considered to be superior to both honey and royal jelly in composition and form. Researchers at the Institute of Apiculture, Taranov, Russia, report that “honeybee pollen is the richest source of vitamins found in nature in a single food. Even if bee pollen had none of its other vital ingredients, its content of rutin [a bioflavonoid] alone would justify taking at least a teaspoon daily, if for no other reason than strengthening capillaries”.
Bee pollen provides a high content of the immune boosting nucleics RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). RNA and DNA are critical for health and longevity. They are responsible for directing cellular growth, rejuvenation and repair, and deficiencies of them cause premature aging and compromised immunity. RNA-DNA is depleted in the body by exercise, stress, pollution, and poor diet. Replenishing RNA-DNA is critical to every aspect of bodily health and longevity.
Research on bee pollen yields compelling results
Researchers have demonstrated that there is a substance in bee pollen that inhibits the development of numerous harmful bacteria. This natural antibiotic property is effective against salmonella and other stains. Clinical studies have shown a regulatory effect on intestinal function attributable to pollen.
Studies with lab animals have shown that ingestion of pollen has a positive affect on blood composition, promoting red and white cell increases. Pollen will raise the level of hemoglobin considerably in those who are anemic.
Delay in Appearance of Palpable Mammary Tumors in C3H Mice Following the Ingestion of Pollenized Food is the title of an article published back in 1948 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study, led by Dr. William Robinson, began with mice that had been bred to develop and die from tumors. Mice of this strain developed tumors at ages ranging from 18 to 57 weeks, with an average age at appearance of 33 weeks. The pollen used for the study was of “the bee gathered type“. One group of mice was fed mice food only, while another group was fed mice food with the addition of a small amount of pollen.
Dr. Robinson reported his dramatic results, “In the untreated mice, mammary tumors appeared as expected at an average of 31.3 weeks. Tumor incidence was 100%. In the treated mice (the ones with the pollen in their food), the average onset of tumors was 41.2 weeks, a delay of 9.8 weeks. Seven mice in the pollen eating group were still tumor free at 56 to 62 weeks of age, when the tests were ended. Remember, these mice were bred to die from tumors. The mice without the protection of bee pollen in their food developed tumors and died right on schedule.
In a study at the University of Vienna, twenty-five women with inoperable uterine cancer were treated with chemotherapy. The women who were given bee pollen with their food exhibited a significantly increased level of immune-system cells and antibody production, as well as a higher concentration of oxygen carrying red blood cells. These women experienced less nausea and hair loss from their chemotherapy. The control group experienced no comparable relief.
Results from Agronomic Institute in Romania continued to reveal the immune strengthening effects of bee pollen. Researchers documented an increase in the level of blood lymphocytes, gamma globulins, and proteins in those subjects given bee pollen in comparison with control groups. The results signified a strengthening in the resistance of the organic systems, particularly the lymphocytes. These are the white blood cells that are the guardians of the immune system, protecting the body from injurious or harmful substances, infected or diseased cells, mutant and cancerous cells, viruses, and metabolic debris.
A treatment for allergies, known as desensitization, was developed at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London over 100 years ago. It improves allergies and controls asthma by helping to build immunity to allergens by using bee pollen as an antigen. A report from Dr. Leo Conway, a pioneer in the field of desensitization, documented that 94 percent of his treated patients were completely free of allergy symptoms.
Bee pollen is reportedly an agent for the relief of hay fever, bronchitis, ulcers of the digestive tract, colitis, and urinary disorders. It supports the endocrine system, helps protect the arteries of the heart from atherosclerosis, and treats prostate conditions. It is beneficial for the brain and nerves, acne and fatigue.
In another study the ability of pollen to stimulate ovarian function was documented. When given bee pollen supplementation of 2 parts per 100 in food, or 5 parts per 100 as substitution for animal protein, the intensity of ovulation increased. Bee pollen also increased the ability of eggs to withstand the incubation period.
Bee pollen has been shown to promote fat loss by rectifying the chemical imbalances that many overweight people have. It improves metabolism, and dissolves and flushes fat cells from the body due to is high percentage of lecithin. Because pollen is so nutritionally complete and balanced, it helps reduce food cravings.
What a reasonably healthy person can expect from bee pollen
When bee pollen is regularly ingested by healthy people, they can expect protection against any insufficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, particularly during times of intensive physical or mental work. Optimal physical and mental output may be expected and protection against environmental insults is enhanced. Internal metabolic disorders that may eventually generate disease conditions are forestalled.
Bee pollen is a natural product that is well tolerated by the body. During its many years of testing, it has been notably free of harmful side-effects.
Buying and using pollen
Bee pollen in the form of tablets should be avoided, since heating of pollen during compression destroys its enzymes and vitamin C content. Bee pollen is a food, so buy it in granules that can be chewed and eaten. Pollen has a slightly sweet, pleasant taste that will be agreeable with most children. For the very ill, pollen can be almost completely dissolved in the saliva of the mouth and swallowed.
Start very slowly with a few granules as some people can have a reaction to bee pollen, and build up your consumption over time to as much as several teaspoons daily. Choose pollen that has been harvested from a diverse selection of geographic areas to achieve a nutritional profile that is balanced. Keep opened containers of pollen in your refrigerator. Unopened containers can be kept in your freezer. Pollen used to be a very reasonably priced, convenient way to supplement on a budget, but now the price is rising substantially because there are less bees, thanks to the indifference of some people to their environment.
For more information on sensitivity to bee pollen see http://www.bee-pollen-buzz.com/allergic-reaction-to-bee-pollen.html
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