Sometimes referred to as nature's most perfect food, bee pollen is a combination of flower pollen, nectar and the digestive juices of worker bees. Human consumption of bee pollen has been praised throughout history. The Chinese emperor Shen Nung compiled an extensive medical collection which discusses the merits of beehive products as far back as 2735 B.C. Egyptian papyri refers to Bee Pollen as life-giving dust and frequently outlines how to use it as a sacred offering to the gods. There are written accounts of Roman legions who carried dried cakes of Bee Pollen for sustenance. Bee Pollen is even praised in the Bible, the Talmud, the Torah, the Koran and in the Code of Islam for its beneficial healing and nutritional properties.
Research studies document the therapeutic efficacy and safety of bee pollen. Clinical tests show that orally ingested bee pollen particles are rapidly and easily absorbed--they pass directly from the stomach into the blood stream. Within two hours after ingestion, bee pollen is found in the blood, in cerebral spinal fluids and in the urine. By providing the human body with all the nutritional elements it needs, and in just the right proportions, honey bee pollen allows the body's own healing and rejuvenation mechanisms to perform their normal functions of building, restoring, maintaining and protecting every cell.
According to bee expert Royden Brown, bee pollen contains differing quantities of a natural antibiotic which fights E. Coli and Proteus organisms which can cause serious diseases. Salmonella and other strains of colibacillus were found to be effected by the natural antibiotic action in bee pollen as well. This may well explain why the health benefits of bee pollen have long included boosting of the immune system.
Scientists recently found that bee pollen showed a strong anti-estrogenic effect (it inhibited the natural estrogen 17 beta-estradiol). Furthermore, it caused no estrogenic activity or chromosome damage in the cells whatsoever.
Research also found that bee pollen showed a significant ability to protect cells from the genotoxic effects of three common anti-cancer drugs - mytomicin C, bleomycin, and vincristine. What that means is that these cancer drugs cause damage to our DNA (genetic code) when we take them. Not only do they damage and kill cancer cells, but they also damage our healthy cells (not good). Reducing this damage is very valuable and can potentially lead to a healthier and more vibrant life after cancer treatment. The details of this study can be found in the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2010 Jun 9.
With the addition of roughage and water, the human body can survive on honey bee pollen alone. This is because it is the only food which contains over 96 nutrients including all known vitamins, from A to K, 28 minerals, 14 fatty acids, all 8 essential amino acids, several hormone-like compounds and all 22 known essential nutritional elements (and others yet to be identified), which humans require to achieve and maintain optimum vitality. Bee pollen contains 40% protein in a highly bioavailable form of free amino acids which get directly assimilated by the body. Best of all, everything that can be derived from bee pollen is as broken down as it is going to be, meaning that the body doesn't need to break the nutrients down any further.
While it might sound a bit backwards, bee pollen can help the body to build up a resistance to allergies by lowering the body's sensitivity to pollen. This is similar to the way vaccinations can prevent disease. Bee pollen contains bits of the very same substances that can aggravate seasonal allergies, and by consuming it in small substances it can help the body to gradually build up a resistance.
Bee pollen is believed to help rejuvenate the body, stimulate organs and glands and enhance vitality. Bee Pollen helps to relieve brain fatigue and improve alertness and concentration. Bee pollen's ability to consistently and noticeably increase energy levels and enhance recovery makes it a favorite among many world class athletes and those interested in improving physical performance. Bee pollen is also an excellent immune system builder and helps eliminate toxins from the body. Bee pollen can have a significant impact on the health of the immune system. It contains vitamins B, C, D and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, selenium, cysteine and a variety of proteins. These vitamins enhance the strength of the immune system, meaning fewer illnesses to worry about.
Some possible benefits of our Raw Bee Pollen Granules may include:
● Containing thousands of enzymes & co-enzymes
● Reducing insomnia
● Eliminating toxins from the body
● Combating high blood pressure
● Improving alertness & concentration
● Combating fatigue & low energy
● Reducing inflammation
● Reducing allergies & asthma
● Fighting Depression
● Reducing side effects of chemotherapy
● Reducing chronic fatigue
● Improving sense of well being
● Beneficial for nausea & poor appetite
● Stimulating organs & glands
● Helping restore hormonal balance
● Combating sleep disorders, urinary, & rectal disorders after treatment
● Reducing indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, & other digestive issues
● Improving heart & prostate health
● Reducing hemorrhoids
● Boosting nervous system & immune system
● Reducing rheumatism & arthritis
Our raw bee pollen granules are semi-moist and never subjected to heat. To maximize the nutritional profile, bee pollen granules are compassionately collected from hard working honey bees from diverse areas across the USA. Contains no additives of any kind.
Suggested Use: Start with a few grains per day and slowly work your way up to 1 to 2 teaspoons daily.
Scientific Name: Apis mellifera
Other Names: Buckwheat pollen, pine pollen, pu huang, honeybee pollen
Allergen Statement: Contains Bee Products.
Warning: Bee Pollen is not recommended for those with pollen or bee allergies. Bee pollen should not be taken if you have had prior reactions to bee stings or bee pollen. In some cases, anaphylactic shock has been reported. If you have a history of any kind of anaphylactic shock from any allergic reaction, you should not use bee pollen. If you suffer from asthma, please consult your doctor before using bee pollen. Bee pollen contains allergens that may interact adversely with asthma.
Z Natural Foods strives to offer the highest quality organically grown, raw, vegan, gluten free, non-GMO products available and exclusively uses low temperature drying techniques to preserve all the vital enzymes and nutrients. Our raw Bee Pollen Granules pass our strict quality assurance which includes testing for chemicals and microbiological contaminants. ZNaturalFoods.com offers raw Bee Pollen Granules packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness. Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency. We recommend refrigerating your raw Bee Pollen Granules. You may freeze it for long term storage.
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