The 3 Top Health Benefits of Bee Pollen
We wanted to make on a post on the benefits of Bee Pollen, due to many people confusing Bee Pollen with our Pine Pollen. Bee Pollen is an amazing food, but it is different from our Pine Pollen.
Like Pine Pollen, Bee Pollen obviously contains pollen; however, Bee Pollen can contain pollen from multiple sources and also contains other constituents such as wax, enzymes, honey, etc.
Bee Pollen is literally the pollen collected on a Bee's body during the process of pollination. Bee Pollen typically comes in powdered form or in the form of small crunchy granules and should not be confused with royal jelly, honey, or other bee related products.
Bee Pollen is incredibly popular in the superfood community and is loaded with nutrients and powerful chemical compounds that have been shown in multiple studies to have significant potential benefits on human health.
Here are a three of the top benefits.
The Top 3 Benefits of Bee Pollen
Bee Pollen Benefit #1: It's Packed with Nutrients
Bee Pollen is incredibly nutritious and contains the full spectrum of nutrients required by humans. Pollen is the male sperm (seed) of a plant, so it makes sense that it would naturally contain all the elements necessary to stimulate the growth of new life.
All pollen is roughly 40% protein and contains all essential and non-essential amino acids. For vegans, Pine Pollen and Bee Pollen can be great ways to diversify their protein sources.
Bee Pollen is also a rich source of B Vitamins, Minerals, Folic, and other powerful micronutrients.
Bee Pollen Benefit #2: It's Loaded with Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Compounds
One of the best health benefits of Bee Pollen is its ability to decrease inflammation and increase antioxidant activity in the body.
In fact, one study on this health benefit of Bee Pollen showed that when mixed with honey, Bee Pollen produced a significant increase in antioxidant activity, including increasing antilipidperoxidant activity, which is basically when free radicals damage healthy lipid cells.
Though the study involved mice and not humans, the study proved that Bee Pollen may have potential as a powerful superfood for preventing various inflammatory ailments like arthritis.
Bee Pollen Benefit #3: It May Boost Immunity
Bee Pollen has also been shown to have potential for boosting human immunity; especially against dangerous bacteria.
One study in particular examined the antimicrobial activity of multiple brands of Bee Pollen from Portugal and Spain. Each sample was slightly different in pollen content, but ultimately every brand sampled exhibited significant antibacterial properties against; especially against Staphylococcus and Candida.
Side Effects and Drug Interactions of Bee Pollen
According to WebMD, Bee Pollen can cause severe allergic reactions and should be avoided by individuals with severe allergies. They also state that Bee Pollen is not suitable for individuals on blood thinners, woman who are pregnant, or by those who are breastfeeding.
Conclusion: These are three of the top health benefits of Bee Pollen, which is an incredible superfood produced by our black and gold winged friends. Many studies show promise for Bee Pollen beyond the benefits discussed in this post and we encourage you to read more on PubMed if you are interested.
Sources and Additional Reading
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In vivo activity assessment of a "honey-bee pollen mix" formulation. Küpeli Akkol E, Orhan DD, Gürbüz I, Yesilada E. Pharm Biol. 2010 Mar;48(3):253-9. doi:10.3109/13880200903085482. PMID: 20645809
Biological activities of commercial bee pollens: antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Pascoal A, Rodrigues S, Teixeira A, Feás X, Estevinho LM. Food Chem Toxicol. 2014 Jan;63:233-9. doi: 10.1016/j.fct.2013.11.010. Epub 2013 Nov 19.