Bee Pollen. The next superfood. And if you are wondering what exactly this new fad is, relax! It is not something you have not seen or heard before, but it is just that we discovered its amazing health benefits, only recently.
In simple words, bee pollen is nothing but the food of bees which is a natural mixture of bee secretions, pollen, nectar, bee wax, that is made by the bees when they land on flowers for collecting honey. Shaped in small balls, bee pollen is carried into the beehive where these balls get released into the hive’s honeycomb. The pollen later gets fermented into ‘bee bread’, on which bees thrive for the food.
Bee pollen is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral in nature and is loaded with a whopping 200 active substances including amino acids, triglycerides, vitamins, micro and macronutrients, flavonoids. One teaspoon of bee pollen provides you with 1.2 grams of protein, 2.18 grams of carbs, 16 calories and a negligible 0.24 grams of fat.
How To Eat Bee Pollen?
Bee Pollen can be added to your daily diet as a topping on salads, Indian breads, dosas, milkshakes, yogurt etc. The recommended dosage for adults is to up to 30 grams while kids can limit it to 15 grams. However, if you are allergic to honey or any honey-based products, refrain from consuming bee pollen.
Health Benefits of Bee Pollen:
Bee pollen is a rich source of various antioxidants including flavonoids, carotenoids, kaempferol, quercetin, which are usually found in other foods like tomatoes, chocolates and wine. These compounds play a major role in fighting free radicals and reduce oxidative stress, besides protecting body from various chronic conditions including cancer, diabetes, flush out toxins etc. Regular intake of bee pollen also protects the body from within by shielding the skin against harmful UV rays.
Several research in the last decade discovered that regular consumption of bee pollen significantly contributes towards building immunity. It triggers the immune response in the cells, owing to the presence of flavonoids, other antimicrobial, antibacterial compounds thus reducing the impact of seasonal allergies on the body.
Improves Liver Function:
Liver is a vital organ that performs a wide range of activities in the human body right from regulating digestion, flushing out toxins, metabolism of fats, carbs and proteins, storage of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to mention a few. Bad liver function can cause irreparable loss to the health. Bee pollen has superior detoxifying abilities, trigger anti-inflammatory response and can also lead to faster healing of liver.
Bee pollen extracts are the latest discovery in the area of heart health too. According to various studies, the versatile presence of compounds aid in reducing the levels of bad cholesterol, lipids and safeguard heart from heart attack or a stroke. It is very beneficial in patients suffering from hyperlipidemia or high levels of cholesterol, as it reduces the instance of blood clots.
Heals Wounds Faster:
Just like regular honey, bee pollen too has the ability to heal wounds at a faster rate. The anti-microbial compound in this unique ingredient soothes burn wounds, prevents secondary infections. Apply ointments made of bee pollen on bruises, sores, injuries etc for faster recovery.