Today is going to be very intriguing to the average reader. I am going to start introducing you to SUPERFOODS! Many of you have heard this term before & most likely know at least a few of them, for those of you that haven’t heard… a superfood is, by definition, a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. First on our list is…. BEE POLLEN. I have been taking bee pollen for the last two or three months & have noticed big changes in my allergies…they’re gone! I had read as much as I could about taking this before I wanted to start, because I had a few questions about it {now I do have to be clear when I state that some claims for it’s health benefits are anecdotal…however being that there is such a large amount of these claims, many scientists & nutritionists do believe the claimed effects of consumption. Maybe one day, the future of humanity will mean more than what lobbyist have to offer}.

Bee Pollen Benefits

Is it safe while breastfeeding?

Yes! Bee pollen is safe {for mother} to consume while breastfeeding. However, do not allow baby to consume due to the possibility of the pollen containing Clostridium Botulinum, which babies under 1 can not digest & in the rare case that baby is allergic you would want to consult with your allergist before feeding your little one. Rest assured though that baby is getting ALL the nutrients through your breastmilk & isn’t missing out by not taking this.

Does this cause harm or stress to the bees? 

Collecting bee pollen causes no stress or harm to the bees. A non-invasive technique is used to collect the pollen. {unlike royal jelly} Due to the seasons & variation of flowers, you will notice that the pollen is multicolored.

Ok so honey?? Bee pollen?? royal jelly?? what are you talking about?? Let me break it down for you:

Honey is created by bees, from the nectar they drink, they then regurgitate all the collected nectar at their hive.

Bee Pollen is a collection of pollen from the flowers on the bee’s legs {technically their little hairs on their legs}, which falls off quite easily.

Royal Jelly is what is actually used to feed their young & causes the bees a great amount of stress to collect. I do not recommend you ever buy this!

What is in it?

Bee pollen is packed with vitamins, minerals & proteins! Can you bee more specific please? Oh yes I sure can!! Bee Pollen contains *inhale* A, B, C, D, E, & K vitamins as well as folic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, protein, & amino acids! Bee pollen contains 96 known nutrients & possesses all of the nutrients essential to sustain human life making it a superfood, with a breakdown of 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein, 3% percent vitamins and minerals, 2% fatty acids and 5% other substances. The high protein, amino acid & potassium helps your body’s red blood cells repair themselves naturally! Remember me saying that it’s high in protein…well check this out, bee pollen contains almost twice the amount of protein that’s in beef! AWESOME! This superfood also has twice as much iron than any other food! {yeay from the anemics!}

Why should I take it?

Bee pollen can have many benefits, one in particular is that it can be used as a natural antihistamine. Consuming bee pollen naturally reduces the production of histamine, meaning that your allergies will either disappear completely or will be far more manageable. I can speak for this claim, because it really has helped me. I have no more sniffles any nose problems, it has been amazing!! Most people can experience migraines or headaches with allergies, well take some bee pollen & BAM! headaches gone, take that excedrin!

Bee pollen boots your immune system by helping your body make natural antibiotics & reduces bad {LDL} cholesterol levels. Bee pollen also increases longevity by neutralizing free radicals.

Helps with the rejuvenation process as well as help clear acne, wrinkles & age spots. {topically & consumption}

It helps increase strength, endurance, energy & promotes good blood sugar stabilization. With such large amounts of highly absorbable nutrients, bee pollen is considered a “legal sports enhancer”. It is also good for muscle building & stabilizing your metabolism {which is good for weight control}

It’s a sports enhancer & a mood enhancer as well. The vitamins B, D & E are all mood stabilizer, bye bye stress & depression!

Valentine’s Bonus: While we are talking about mood…bee pollen can set the mood ❤… it is a known aphrodisiac {CAUTION: bee pollen also improves fertility in men &&& women}. While helping set the mood, possibly make babies faster, bee pollen also reduces prostate problems for men, by improving it’s health. In fact researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center reported that when doses were given to mice with prostate tumors, tumor growth slowed by 50%!! wow! And is known to stimulate ovarian fun

Bee Pollen benefits

How do I take it?

 Before jumping straight into large teaspoons, you need to take it slow. If you are uncertain if you have bee pollen allergies set a tiny pinch of  the granules on your tongue. If you experience runny nose, itchy eyes, nose or throat you could have an allergy and need to consult your allergist before further use. There are those who are seriously allergic & need to take extreme caution before use. However, I wasn’t as cautious & took a pinch a day for three days, then every other day bumped up my dosage until I reached 2 tablespoons. If you start to notice any of the symptoms listed above as you increased your dosage, simply decrease & leave it at that for a week or two & slowly work up.

  • When buying, make sure to get the refrigerated pollen.
  • You can mix it with pretty much everything or take it by itself, however it can dry your mouth out so get a chaser nearby. {I personally did NOT like eating it by itself} It is most commonly mixed into smoothies or sprinkled over cereal or oatmeal.

What do you think? Willing to give it a try? Here is a yummy bee pollen recipe I made!

Bee Pollen smoothie

Bee Pollen smoothie

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Question of the Day!

What is your experience with bee pollen, honey & bees?

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As always, thank you so much for reading & enjoy your day!

Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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