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Are you looking for ways to add high-powered nutrition to your busy schedule?
Bee Pollen is truly a superfood. It’s a concentrated nutrition powerhouse, carefully collected from flowers by busy honey bees.
You can eat it straight from the spoon, add to foods and of course – use it to make delicious high-nutrient smoothies!
Studies have shown bee pollen to have strong potential from a health and weight loss perspective.
The best part?
You can get all of these benefits just by adding a small amount to your smoothies… perfect if like me, you’re someone with a busy routine.
Here’s what you need to know about bee pollen and why it’s such a great addition to your smoothies.
Bee Pollen Health Benefits
What is Bee Pollen?
The first thing to know about bee pollen is that it’s not the same pollen that causes allergies such as hayfever.
Bee pollen is made up of pollen that worker honeybees gather from flowers and bring back to the hive. There it is packed into tiny balls by other worker bees. In the hive it is placed into special honeycomb chambers and coated with honey and beeswax.
Once it is all ready the bee pollen is used to feed the baby honeybees as well as being the main source of protein for the worker bees in the hive.
Bee Pollen contains all of the nutrients and protein that the worker bees need to work all day and the baby bees need to grow healthy and strong.
This may explain why bee pollen contains over 250 types of nutrients!
This includes vitamins, protein, amino acids, natural sweeteners, lipids, fatty acids, enzymes and minerals. It also has bioflavonoids and carotenoids – plant nutrients that are known for their health benefits to us humans.
Bee pollen contains more protein for its weight than any animal-based food, and for its weight has more amino acids than meat or eggs.
Bee pollen has been found to be a health booster worth having. Here are the most important benefits and uses:
#1 High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals, which have been linked to a range of diseases and aging.
Studies have shown that bee pollen contains a lot of antioxidants and this can be really important for people suffering from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
#2 Stress Reliever
Because of its many nutrients, bee pollen has been shown to increase circulation in brain tissue, and boost mental ability that has been compromised because of stress.
Therefore, bee pollen can be effective as a way to increase energy and boost mood – especially in people who are stressed, elderly, depressed or ill. This was shown even in small amounts taken just on an occasional basis.
#3 Improve Athletic Performance
Bee pollen contains carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins for long lasting energy.
It has been taken by athletes for its ability to improve energy levels, with the British Sports Council reporting strength gains of 40 to 50 per cent.
#4 Enhance Fertility
Researchers looked at how bee pollen affected fertility in animals. Male rabbits given bee pollen had significantly better fertility, sperm quality and blood profiles after ingesting bee pollen.
The female also benefitted from it, with increased ovarian function after they consumed bee pollen.
Even though it has been shown that bee pollen has a positive effect on fertility for animals, at present more research is still needed to confirm whether this will also be the case with humans.