Honeybees and Bee Pollen

bee-pollenThe industrious honeybees are certainly exceptional little creatures. There are worker honeybees that collect nectar and there are worker honeybees that collect pollen. These bees flit from flower to flower collecting pollen into the tiny baskets on their legs.

Fortunately these little bees collect more pollen than the colony needs thus enabling bee keepers to scrape some of the pollen onto special screens that have been devised for the purpose as the bees enter the hive. The rounded pollen grains that you purchase are these little baskets on the bees’ legs.

Pollen provides the bees with their protein, fat, vitamins and trace elements. The plant nectar and honey provide the carbohydrates. The bees that collect pollen visit the plants that have the most nutritious and easy to collect pollens. The nectar can come from other plants or the same ones. The best pollen comes from wild plants and second to that is the pollen that comes from organically farmed crops.

Raw honey always contains bee pollen so even though bee pollen doesn’t have a long tradition of use as a food, humans have been eating pollen as long as they have been eating honey. The flowery taste of raw honey comes from small amounts of pollen in the honey. The processed and filtered honey does not contain any of the bee pollen so you might want to think about buying the raw honey and of course, bee pollen by itself.

Bee pollen has a concentrated source of nutrients as it consists of the male reproductive parts of seed plants. After the male pollen grains fertilize the female eggs the results are awesome. The seeds now contain all the genetic material and nutrients needed to grow a new plant. Something else that is quite awesome…bee pollen can contain 12 to 40 percent protein by dry weight. This protein has a complete and balanced spectrum of amino acids making it complete for humans, other mammals and birds. Pollen contains all the vitamins that are known. It does contain Vitamin B12 and vitamin D but in small amounts. We need both of these vitamins but pollen doesn’t give us enough of them. Vitamin D is simple enough…just get out in the sun every day for 20-45 minutes. Vegans need to supplement the vitamin B12. The only reason that meat eaters get sufficient amounts of B12 is because the animals that provide the B12 eat plants but they eat a lot of them.

Every trace element that is known to man is included in pollen. Calcium and magnesium are in pollen but you would have to eat a great deal of pollen if you were depending on it. It is a very simple matter to get all the calcium and magnesium our bodies need by eating a plant based diet. There are two to three grams of fat per ounce of pollen. This fat is absolutely crucial to the health of the honeybees. Consequently they seek pollen rich in fat such as mustard and dandelion. These two greens are 11.0 and 19.0 percent fat as opposed to the Australian Eucalyptus which contains only 0.43 to 4.6 percent fat. The majority of plants have less than 2 percent fat. The triglycerides that do exist are mainly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated.
The real powerhouse in bee pollen is its phytochemical content. Pollen is uniformly rich in carotenoids, flavonoids and phytosterols because no matter where it is collected the plant or plants contain a concentration of phytochemicals to ensure viable seeds. People have appreciated the detoxifying and healing properties of bee pollen for years. Pollen has helped to combat anemia, fatigue, infertility, impotence, varicose veins, high cholesterol and triglycerides and reportedly even cancer. It is also another useful stimulant for the immune system.

It stands to reason that including bee pollen in your diet has to be superior to taking synthetic supplements. Think about this…one teaspoon of bee pollen is equivalent to a large serving of vegetables. This could dramatically improve your diet and your health. Use the fresh soft granules and eat just a little at a time to be sure you are not allergic. The granules should smell and taste flowery along with being both tart and sweet. They should also be refrigerated after opening. If you don’t like the taste mix the pollen with another food or put it in a smoothie.

Soya de Guaymas Bee Pollen Products

Soya de Guaymas carries Tetakawi brand local bee Pollen as well as many products which incorporate bee pollen in their mixture also.

Article edited from with permission from Jacqui

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