Bee Pollen is one of the richest and purest natural foods, and is believed to be of great nutritional and medicinal value.
Pollen grains contain the male germ cells (elements) that are produced by all plants, flowers or blossoms. One teaspoonful of pollen contains roughly 2.5 billion grains, each of which has the capacity to supply those factors that are necessary in order to fertilise and reproduce the particular species that it represents (such as a fruit, grain or tree).
Pollen gathered by bees is superior to that obtained directly from flowering plants. The bees select the best pollen from the millions of grains that are present, rich in nutrients, especially nitrogenous materials. The bees mix the pollen grains with a sticky substance that is secreted from their stomachs, which allows the pollen to adhere to their rear legs in "pollen baskets" in order to safely transport it to their hives.
Pollen is one of the richest known sources of vitamins, minerals, proteins amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats, as well as significant quantities of natural antibiotics. Most of the known vitamins in pollen exist in perfect proportion, which further enhances their value.
Carotenoids are available in the pollen of insect-pollinated flowers, but are missing from wind-pollinated species. The pollens richest in carotene may contain 20 times as much as is present in an equivalent weight of carrots.
All forms of bee pollen contain higher amounts of vitamins B1, B2 and E than found in fruits, berries and green vegetables. One gram of fresh raw pollen contains from 7 to 15 mg. of vitamin C, along with vitamin E (tocopherol) and rutin.
Various other vitamins found in pollen include B5, B12, D, biotin, inositol and PABA. Bee pollen contains up to 59 different trace minerals, and all minerals found in pollen are present in a highly digestible form. In addition bee pollen also contains lecithin, amines, nuclein, guanine, xanthine, hypoxanthine, vernine, waxes, gums, resins, hydrocarbons (0.57%), sterols (0.6%), polypeptides, DNA, ribose, desoxyribose, hexuronic acid, vegetable oils (5% average) and various growth factors.
Bee pollen contains active antibiotic substances that immediately destroy harmful pathogenic bacteria upon contact. It is superior to both honey and royal jelly, and possesses a similar (but more stable) composition to that of royal jelly. The overall stability of bee pollen is more advantageous when used in dietetics, as well as an effective form of skin care during corrective dermatology. Since pollen contains fatty acids, this may account for its favourable effect upon the skin and dermal tissues.
Bee pollen also produces regulatory (amphoteric) activity upon the gastro-intestinal functions, both in relation to chronic constipation and certain cases of diarrhoea that are highly resistant to synthetic antibiotic therapy. Furthermore, pollen regulates the intestines by destroying or weakening any harmful bacteria while simultaneously promoting the growth of health-giving species (intestinal flora).
Bee Pollen is thought to be valuable as an adaptogen by assisting in both weight gain or loss, as well as in the reduction of hypertension or increasing the overall metabolic functions. Bee Pollen both regulates and stimulates the metabolism in the human organism by supplying the missing factors (or catalysts) that other foods do not provide while neutralizing the catabolic effects of various toxins, environmental pollutants, synthetic drugs or food additives, thereby producing healthier cells, improved health and well-being and a longer life-span.
Pollen enhances the metabolism by creating endless chain reactions throughout the entire system. The essential minerals and other natural elements in bee pollen act as catalysts, and are responsible for the assimilation of that portion of foods which would normally have been eliminated without yielding the energy, essential nutrients and other benefits.
In summary, bee pollen is thought to help with the following physiological functions:
Accelerates the growth of healthy new cells
Promotes increased tissue repair
Enhances toxic elimination
Reduces excessive cholesterol levels
Increases low blood pressure
Reduces high blood pressure
Promotes increased resistance to infection
Stimulates increased gastric secretory flows
Stabilises the nervous system
Improves fertility in women
Retards the growth of benign or malignant tumors
Eliminates excessive calcium deposits
Expels excessive uric acid accumulations
Restores normal and healthy appetites
Increases calmness and relaxation
Slows normal ageing effects
Promotes increased concentration/memory improvement
Promotes increased strength, vigor and vitality
Provides an overall feeling of well-being