Spanish Bee Pollen Information
One of the worlds most ancient and complete superfoods, often called ‘Nature’s Perfect Food’, bee pollen was used by both the early Egyptian and Chinese civilisations as a physical rejuvenator, and Hippocrates, the Greek Father of Modern Medicine used pollen as a healing substance over 2500 years ago.
With its many benefits and uses so grand that they could fill volumes of books, bee pollen is an amazing class of superfood that can complement health for the rest of your life, and the only food that comes close to bee products in overall richness is chocolate (cacao).
Spanish bee pollen is considered to be the best in the world, not only due to its sweet taste, fresh aroma and beautiful golden colour, but also for its outstanding nutritional value.
Gram for gram, our Spanish bee pollen is one of the highest sources of bioavailable protein in nature (25 percent), and contains an estimated five to seven times more protein than meat, eggs, or cheese. Also containing eight essential amino acids- quite importantly the amino acid phenylalanine, which helps eliminate cravings, acting as a natural appetite suppressant.
Bee Pollen also contains a high percentage of lecithin that helps dissolve and flush fat from the body, with a side benefit of this same process being very effective in lowering the bad LDL cholesterol in the blood.
Also the richest source of vitamins in nature, boasting eighteen in total, including nearly all B vitamins (not B12), as well as A, C, D, E and K; rutin (an enzyme catalyst par excellence); carotenes, including xanthophyll and beta-carotene; lecithin (15 percent)/choline. With such an extraordinary presence of B vitamins, pollen builds up the body’s stress-defense shield, increases longevity, helps to clear up acne, and assists in reversing ageing and wrinkling.
Rich in major minerals too, containing up to sixty elements, including barium, boron, calcium, copper, gold, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, and zinc.
Pollen is also a food source containing fourteen fatty acids, including essential fatty acids (EFAs); eleven carbohydrates ranging from polysaccharides to simple sugars; nucleic acids such as RNA and DNA; steroid hormone substances, a plant hormone similar to the human pituitary called gonadotropin; and scientists are constantly discovering more!
Although little research has been done on bee pollen – probably because there is little financial reward to justify such an investment – the research that does exist is impressive. For example, studies in animals show that bee pollen can promote growth and development, protect against free radical and oxidative damage, and protect against the effects of harmful radiation as well as toxic exposure to chemical solvents.
Pollen contains up to eleven different major enzymes, including diatase, phosphatase, and transferase, as well as high amounts of catalase, amylase, and pectase, all of which aid in digestion. Thanks to bee pollens enzymatic properties, just 130 milligrams can assist in the digestion of three pounds of food. Experiments have also shown that those who take bee pollen decrease their daily calorie intake by 15-20 percent.
With potent aphrodisiac and fertility improving properties, pollen can reduce prostate problems as it rejuvenates sexual organs with its content of seminal substances. Those who suffer from low blood pressure can also be subject to deficiencies in sex glands, and pollen is therefore recommended as it increases blood pressure in these types of individuals, especially when taken with kelp, and may increase hormone levels and sexual strength.
Bee pollen is also shown to produce significant improvement in menopausal symptoms, including headache, urinary incontinence, dry vagina, and decreasing vitality. Such improvements have been achieved in studies even though pollen extract produces no oestrogenic effect, an important consideration for women who cannot take oestrogens of any kind.
When it comes to physical health and exercise, bee pollen increases strength, endurance, energy, and speed, and provides a quicker recovery from exercise, returning heart rate to normal, and improvements in endurance for repeat exertion.
Bee pollen increases muscle growth and definition, and the British Sports Council has recorded increases in strength by as much as 40-50 percent in those taking bee pollen regularly. And Antti Lananaki, coach to the Finnish track team that swept the Olympics in 1972, revealed that most of the athletes were taking pollen food supplements, as their studies showed it to significantly improve their performance, with no negative results since bee pollen had been supplied to the athletes.
Pollen has also been noted to assist in helping the following conditions: anaemia, constipation, supporting chemotherapy and radiation therapy, menopausal symptoms, colitis, sinusitus, asthma, and bronchotis, is used to reduce histamine in order to neutralise many allergies, and in relieving type 2 diabetes symptoms by restoring mineral and metabolic deficiencies.
Consume Spanish bee pollen by itself as a snack, or blend into smoothies, elixirs, and desserts. Start by using between one teaspoon and one tablespoon each day (for children over five and adults).