The latest ‘thing’ in my trial for a healthy kitchen is bee pollen. It’s blow-away properties and health benefits took me by surprise when I had a closer look. It is so healthy and so simple to eat and relativity cheap to buy. I have to admit when I bought bee pollen for the first time, I was not mad about it as it was described as something yummy and sweet. But this time around, I am loving the pollen, as I probably have a different expectation of the taste. I now find it sweet and have been snacking on it all day. My three year old daughter was not so keen on eating it raw, but did love it in the smoothie I made for her (included one tbs of bee pollen). My 18 month old daughter on the other hand asked for more. So back to its properties.
- Complete amino acid profile and source of nucleic acids; 40% protein (50% of which free amino acids); 2% fatty acids 3% minerals and vitamins
Rich in B vitamins including B12, Vitamin C, phytonutrients such as Carotenoids, Bioflavanoids, Lecithin
Rich in vitamins and minerals like Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Iron
Bee Pollen has a long research history ( 60 years!) and has an array of health benefits:
- Antibiotic, antibacterial, Potent Antioxidant
- Rejuvenates the gut (HCl , flora & leaky gut)
- Boosts circulation
- Boosts immunity by increasing red and white cells
- Aids cardiovascular health – normalisation of
- cholesterol levels
- Considered an energy and nutritive tonic in Chinese medicine
- Allergy esp. hayfever- take six weeks before hay-fever – season kicks in
- sprinkle on cereal, yoghurt
- eat by the tea spoon-
- mix into smoothies
- 1-3 teaspoon a day.
Where to get it: Any healthfood store will sell it. I bought mine from Planet Organic.
- Boukraa L and Sulaiman SA, (2009) “Rediscovering the Antibiotics of the Hive”, Recent Patents on Anti-ineffective Drug Discovery vol 1
- LeBlanc et al (2009) “Antioxidant activity of Sonoran Desert bee pollen”, Food chemistry 115 (4) p.1299-1305