Pollen: Nature's complete protein source
Pollen found in the honeycomb has been
used as ancient food and medicine for centuries. Testimonials
to the use of pollen abound in the great bodies of literature,
which include: the Bible, the Koran, Hindu, Egyptian,
and modern or twentieth century literature. Russian
scientists gave bee pollen to their Olympic teams, with
results of increased stamina, soon afterwards, the British
and Americans followed. Today, most major league ball
teams use bee pollen in their training schedules.
Many plants produce a sweet watery mixture
within their flowers called nectar to attract honeybees.
As the honeybee collects the nectar from which honey
is made, she also gathers pollen. Pollen is the male
sperm of flowers and is formed on the stamens as tiny
grains. Fertilization of the plant occurs when the pollen
grains are brushed or blown onto the female stigma of
the flower. The pollen grains grow pollen tubes through
the stigma and style of the flower and down to the ovule(s),
or the female "egg(s)" of the flower. There,
fertilization takes place and the seed(s) are formed.
Many flowering plants, including many of our food plants,
such as fruit trees, berries and vegetables are dependent
on bees distributing the pollen for pollination.
Bees use pollen as a protein source and
flower nectar as a carbohydrate (energy) source. During
the pollen collection the bees become covered with dust
and transfer pollen from one flower to another. To collect
the pollen for use, the honeybee scrapes it from her
body with her jaws and bristles (pollen combs) on her
front legs and presses it into her "pollen baskets",
located on the sides of her rear legs. Bee pollen is
collected for use as food by honeybees for all the developmental
stages in the hive.
and animals as well as bees can benefit from eating
bee pollen. Extensive analysis has indicated that pollen
is a storehouse of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
It has been found to contain 18 amino acids and is a
superb source of the entire B complex chain. Pollen
also contains notable amounts of Vitamin A, C, D, &
E. About 35% of its content is protein, half of which
is in the form of readily assimilated free amino acids,
25% is comprised of various types of natural sugar,
5% is fats, and 3% to 4% is moisture. The remaining
material is a combination of minerals, hormones, and
trace elements such as potassium, magnesium, calcium,
copper, iron, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, chlorine,
manganese, thiamin, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, pyridoxine,
pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, and lactoflavine.
The pollen was fed to mice, demonstrating that pollen
is a complete food and that it is possible to let several
generations be born without the least sign of distress
while nourishing them exclusively on bee pollen.
The large proportions of free amino acids,
especially methionine, a specific medicine for the liver,
explain the favorable results to that organ when ingesting
bee pollen. More medical experience teaches that the
ingestion of bee pollen is recommended in the case of
digestion difficulties, arteriosclerosis, and has a
favorable influence in cases of infertility, both male
and female. Bee pollen contains all the essential elements
for life. The percentage of revivifying and rejuvenating
elements in bee pollen is remarkable, far exceeding
those present in brewer's yeast and wheat germ. Bee
pollen corrects the failings due to deficient or unbalanced
nutrition, common in the customs of our present day
civilization on consuming incomplete foods, often with
added chemical ingredients, which expose us to physiological
problems as various as they are numerous.
Modern medicine has rediscovered the benefits
of bee pollen for sufferers of allergies. Ingesting
small amounts of bee pollen daily, thus building a natural
immunity has successfully treated relief from hay fever,
asthma, sinus conditions, and bronchitis. Russian scientists
have attributed the longevity of their centurions to
daily doses of bee pollen in their diets. Since bee
pollen contains protein as simple amino acids, all the
vitamin components, minerals and enzymes, many physicians
and scientists have described it as a perfect food and
as a natural energizer.
Many other studies have reported that
bee pollen is a complete food and contains many elements
that products of animal origin do not possess. Bee pollen
is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains
more amino acids than beef, eggs or cheese of equal
weight. It has also been reported that bee pollen is
the finest, most perfect food. The health restoring
properties of honeybee pollen has been proven time and
time again. Honeybee pollen not only builds up strength
and energy in the body, but also gives increased resistance
to infection. Other experiments reported that bee pollen
contains antibiotic factors affective against E. Coli,
Proteus and salmonella organisms. Pollen nutritional
studies on people have noticed an increase in healthy
red and white blood cells and a reduction of cholesterol
and triglycerides in the blood has also been reported.
Other benefits include a lessening of nausea during
chemotherapy; relief of menstrual and menopausal symptoms;
decrease in chronic prostrate inflammation; increase
of alertness and reduction of antisocial behavior in
When in season, we harvest our bee pollen
daily using a pollen trap that knocks a percentage of
the pollen off of the bee's legs. Then store it in a
freezer so that we may offer the freshest pollen available.
Upon receiving pollen, you need to store it in a freezer.
It will keep for one year or longer with no nutritional
Very few people are allergic to bee pollen.
Therefore, it is suggested that people start taking
small amounts of bee pollen and gradually increase the
amount until they are taking 2 tablespoons daily. If
slight allergic symptoms occur, temporarily decrease
the amount taken, Soon the symptoms will disappear.
However as with all new foods that you may sample, consult
a physician if severe symptoms occur.
To start your day, apply bee pollen liberally
on your granola or oatmeal after cooking. If you are
into juicing, incorporate bee pollen along with the
other ingredients. For dinner or supper, you may sprinkle
bee pollen on your fruit or vegetable salad, or combine
with yogurt, granola, and fruit. Bee pollen is a nice
addition to ice cream, milkshakes, or as a topping on
We don't recommend cooking with bee pollen
as the heat decreases the nutritional benefits. However,
we make a gourmet sauce for popcorn by combining the
following ingredients: butter, tamari, tahini, bee pollen,
fresh ground pepper, and herbs of your choice in a skillet
until blended. Then coat popcorn and enjoy!
The following is one of our favorite
Honeybee Pollen Candy
1/2 cup of bee pollen granules
2 tablespoons of carob powder
2 tablespoons of water
3 tablespoons of totally raw honey
1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
Put the bee pollen granules in
a mixing bowl. Dissolve the powered carob in the water
and stir into the bee pollen. Add the raw honey and
mix. Add the peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Using
a melon baller, form little balls from the mixture.
Store the candy balls, which will remain soft, in
the refrigerator. Yield - 18 balls.
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