I’ve discovered a new superfood! Some of you may say (I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…) I’m a little late in my discoveries, as this seems to have been known for centuries by the Greeks and the Romans as they referred to it as Life Giving Dust or the secret “Ambrosia” (the food of Gods, I’m guessing godesses as well then?!). But I discovered this last night and I had a spoon and now I feel like a new person (no, that’s actually not true, but maybe if I keep having a spoonful every day, I will?). I did however start reading about it, because that’s what I do when I see something new, because I want to know what it’s all about, and I figured this is too good to be kept a secret, so I need to share it with you!
First of all, Bee Pollen should be worth it’s weight in gold. It takes a bee working 8 hours a day for a month to collect enough pollen to make a teaspoon full of granules (and this very teaspoon contain 2.5 billion grains of pollen from different flowers!). A month of normal working days and you just eat it in seconds! Pretty crazy. So enjoy it when you have a spoonful, someone was working very hard on it (almost a lifetime for a little bee). My first reaction to the flavour was ‘It tastes like hay”, because it takes me back to the farm when shuffeling hay/grass into the “hay canon” to get it into the barn. Bee pollen tastes like the air smells when doing this. Isn’t it facinating how smell and flavour brings back memories (smell most of all senses they say)? But now I’m not really giving you much on the actual pollen, am I?
Bee Pollen is so nutritious that you can live on this alone! Lab mice have been fed Bee Pollen only for six months in France and they all lived on as happy, healthy individuals. I think however you would get sick of the flavour after a while and you would (possibly) struggle to find enough of it. The pollen is more rich in protein than any animal source, it contains approxamently 40% protein! It contains every vitamin known, it contains all the amino acids we need and about 10% of the pollen is Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in a perfect blend (these days we tend to get way to much of 3, not enough 6!). So far, so good right? Quote from the United States Dep of Agriculture (back in the days before they where paid for their opinions); “Bee Pollen is the most nutritious food you can eat. It contains every nutrient required to sustain and support life in a pure, raw, unadulterated form”. That’s all great news, but what is it actually good for? I’ll list a few things, because it seriously seems like the list is never-ending.
- It supports your immune system and can help your body eliminaty unhealthy conditions (it seems to work as a natural antibiotic).
- It is energising and can help against fatigue and depression.
- It is used in skin treatments for problem skin like my own (you know psoriasis) and others such as eczema, because it can treat inflammation in the skin (and body i guess?).
- The anti-inflammatory agents also works on your respirotary system (the lungs) and may help on asthma (and listen to this; I’ve been coughing at night when trying to sleep for over two weeks and last night I didn’t. I’m not saying it was the pollen, but if it wasn’t, what was it?)
- If you take bee pollen leading into the pollen season, it will prevent you from having allergies (and having to be inside for the entire spring because the air is like poison to you)!
- The pollen contain enzymes that helps support your digestive system and helps you pick up more nutrients from the food you eat. It also helps your intestines work properly and can work with both constipation and diarrhea.
- It can help correct cholesterol levels and prevent strokes and heart attacks.
- If you’re a man and don’t want to worry about prostate cancer, all you need to do is to take a teaspoon of bee pollen daily.
- And of top of that it’s an aphrodisiac!
And as I said, the list goes on and on, there’s actually more than this too, so it seems it really is the food of Gods (and Godesses) and well worth a try if you are struggling with any of the above or you just want an energy boost! Just make sure it’s the pure stuff, not anything that has been tampered with by humans. It also seems you can buy pollen that are in fact not ‘bee’ pollen but ‘human’ pollen (or rather ‘machine’ pollen), that are in fact not collected by bees at all, but by machines. Don’t buy this. The bees are very picky creatures and only the best pollen is good enough for them (and so it should be for you). So when bying it look for pure, raw, bee collected and other good words on the jar. It needs to be kept cold (like in a freezer), so make sure it’s good quality.
Now, anyone of you who’s actually taking this on a regular basis and would like to share your experience with me? Please leave a comment below. I am truly intrigued by this whole new dicovery of Bee Pollen! It’s officially on the list of Awesome Foods! I think I need to go take a teaspoon before I start my day properly! A spoonful of Bee Pollen helps the medicine go down might just be the new saying 🙂
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