Q: What is bee pollen?
A: Bee pollen is a combination of saliva and enzymes, mixed with pollen that has been harvested and flown back to the hive by worker bees. This is no easy task. One worker bee can take up to a month to gather one teaspoon of bee pollen! Commonly mistaken with bee propolis, royal jelly and honey, bee pollen is actually not present in any of them. Perhaps one of the most interesting facts about bee pollen is that it cannot be replicated synthetically. Scientists have attempted to create bee pollen in a lab, but when tested on worker bees, they died within a week. Bee pollen is becoming increasingly popular in diets all around the world as health-savvy consumers begin to discover its wonderful health properties.
Q: What are the health benefits of bee pollen?
A: Bee pollen has a range of unique benefits but is mostly revered for its excellent effects on energy. It makes a great alternative for caffeinated beverages and supplements that you might take before a workout or as your usual morning pick-me-up. Though there’s no caffeine in bee pollen, its natural nutrients help promote clean and sustained energy levels throughout the day. The best part: no plunging energy crash like you would experience with man-made stimulants.*
In addition to its energy-boosting benefits, bee pollen is low in calories while providing a healthy mix of carbohydrates, protein and fiber to your diet. It also contains over 20 different amino acids, including substantial amounts of the eight essential amino acids. Bee pollen also contains over 5,000 enzymes and coenzymes, which make it an amazing digestive aid. It’s no surprise that Bee pollen is considered to be one of nature’s most well-balanced and nutritious foods.*
Q: In what forms can I find bee pollen?
A: Y.S Eco Bee Farms, one of the top manufacturers of bee pollen, makes a raw honey blended with bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis and ginseng. It tastes great and is amazing for energy. You can also find bee pollen in capsules. That being said, bee pollen is most commonly consumed in its naturally occurring whole granule form. The granules have a slightly sweet flavor and mix well into oatmeal, cereal and shakes. Bee-lieve it or not, they dissolve easily into just about any liquid. You can even sprinkle bee pollen granules over a salad. Health buzz: If it’s your first time consuming bee pollen, put just a granule or two under your tongue to test for possible allergens.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.