An amazing product of nature – bee pollen – is a natural cure for many ailments. It is produced by honey bees, which, flying from flower to flower, cling it to their shaggy legs and carry it to the hive for feeding and development of the bee family.
For many thousands of years, bees have developed their technology of pollen preparation (pollen). A working bee in just one sortie can bring about 20 mg of pollen grains to the hive. On the day she makes about 10 sorties. Pollen in the amount of 1 kg is harvested by one bee for 50 thousand sorties. A bee colony is able to harvest 1 kg of pollen per day, and only about 50 kg per season.
In one teaspoon of this most valuable product of beekeeping – more than 2.5 billion microscopic pollen grains of flowers. The type of bee pollen can be identified by color. So, harvested by industrious bees from a sunflower or a clover, it is golden yellow; from raspberry – whitish-gray color; with peach, chestnut, apricot – dark red. Cinnamon-colored bee pollen is removed by tireless “laborers” from hawthorn and cherry, and yellow-lemon from rape.
The composition and use of bee pollen
According to experts, flower bee pollen is an excellent source of protein: as a percentage, proteins make up 25% – 33% of dry matter. According to this indicator, the bee production by bees is superior to other protein-rich foods – meat, milk, eggs.
For comparison: in veal 1 category contains 19.7% of proteins, in eggs – 12.7%, in milk (2.5% fat) – 2.9%. Like the royal jelly, bees are a natural biostimulant that has a beneficial effect on the entire body, which cannot be repeated in any laboratory in the world.
Maybe that’s why she is so loved by athletes, because they, like anyone, need to recover from intense physical exertion. No less important is this wonderful product for vegetarians.
Returning to the question of how pollen is useful, it is necessary to add that, in addition to protein, it contains in large quantities such biologically significant trace elements as: potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, sulfur, iron, zinc and cobalt. Bee pollen is considered to be the champion by the content of provitamin A (carotene): in it it is 20 times more than in carrots.
This amazing substance, called by the beekeepers “obnozhka”, has in its composition phytohormones, vitamins C, E, D, P, PP, K, as well as group B. Pollen, collected by bees from different plants, differs in its composition: each has a different properties.
For example, sage bee pollen perfectly regulates the work of the stomach and intestines, has a diuretic effect; canola pollen helps to cure trophic ulcers, it is highly valued by nutritionists.
Thyme pollen is a good antiseptic, improves blood flow, tones, and is an effective antitussive.
Linden bee pollen is calming, shown for insomnia; hips – eliminates kidney stones; buckwheat – a prophylactic against heart attack and stroke, strengthens the capillaries.
The expressed beneficial properties of bee pollen is explained by the content of biologically active components in it, which have excellent antibacterial, antisclerotic, choleretic, antitumor, rejuvenating properties.
This is incredible, but 240 elements (including antioxidant enzymes) have been found in bee pollen, which are beneficial to humans and play a huge role in metabolism.
Regularly taking bee pollen, you can feel a surge of strength, increase tone and performance. It is indispensable in the treatment of heart diseases (arrhythmias, heart attacks), helps with clear symptoms and manifestations of anemia and skin diseases.
It is used for weight loss and in preparation for pregnancy. Pine bee pollen for men – real salvation in the fight against prostate adenoma, impotence. For these purposes, use fresh bee pollen, which can cure even resistant prostatitis.
Pollen removes sclerotic plaques on the walls of blood vessels and prevents their formation, normalizing the amount of lipids in the blood. This makes it an excellent anti-sclerotic agent.
Thanks to the use of bee pollen in people suffering from hypertension, blood pressure is very gently reduced. This natural remedy gives excellent results in the treatment of major diseases of the cardiovascular system, relieves headaches and removes dizziness.
How to take bee pollen
Bee obnozhka tastes not always sweet, rather bitter. It is taken in kind,
A first-class fortifying agent is considered to be bee pollen, ground into a powder with a coffee grinder and mixed with butter and honey. But some apitherapists recommend to use it in the morning on an empty stomach in its pure form, half an hour before meals (dissolving in the mouth until completely dissolved) or divided into 2 doses and taken 1 more time before lunch – 15 minutes.
The optimal dose is considered to be a daily dose of 12-15 g. This concentrated bee product can be drunk dissolved in water: this method is quite acceptable, although less useful, according to experts apitherapists. For therapeutic purposes, the dose is increased to 20-25 grams (but not more than 32 g for an adult).
One teaspoon of bee pollen corresponds to 5 grams, with a slide – 8 g. In a dessert spoon there is 10 grams of product, with a slide – 15 g, and in a tablespoon – 15 grams of pollen and with a slide – 24 g. The course of treatment is usually 1 month It can be repeated up to 3 times a year.
In order to maintain and strengthen immunity, it is necessary to use bee pollen in the fall – in the month of October, then it is not bad to repeat the course in January to prevent flu and colds, then in March or April – to prevent beriberi.
Pollen gives a good therapeutic effect in the initial stages of hypertension. To reduce the pressure it is taken strictly on an empty stomach three times a day for half a teaspoon, and a mixture of pollen and honey in equal proportions – 1 each
But for hypotension, to normalize pressure, pollen should be taken along the same pattern, but only after eating.
Of all the natural remedies used to treat the liver, bee pollen shows unsurpassed results in the fight against cholecystitis, hepatitis caused by a variety of reasons – from viruses to cirrhosis. Long-term pollen intake (2-3 months) allows to improve the appetite, reduce pain in the right hypochondrium and normalize bilirubin in the blood. The best effect is achieved when taking a mixture of pollen and honey in equal shares. In the first two weeks, the mixture, diluted in warm water, is taken before meals, 1 dessert, and then – 1 tablespoon three times a day.
In childhood, it is taken with caution (to avoid allergies), after consulting with a pediatrician. Children from 3 to 5 years old can take 4 g of bee pollen; 6-12 years old – 8 g; from 13 years old – 12 grams.
How to choose bee pollen
In order to buy high-quality bee pollen, you should contact those sales outlets that specialize in selling the whole complex of beekeeping products,
The pollen collected by bees rarely has a uniform and even color, most often it is variegated. As mentioned above, this is due to the fact that pollen of different colors has a different color.
But in the pollen collected and processed by bees, a lot of water, so it quickly deteriorates. In order to prolong the “life” of bee pollen, it is dried. When dried, the pollen fades and loses its bright color. But in this state, it can be stored for 1-2 years. Therefore, when choosing pollen, one should pay attention to its color: in the spring-summer period it should be bright and, therefore, fresh, and in the autumn-winter period it is faded, dull.
If colorless pollen is offered to you in the summer, this means that the seller gets rid of old stocks; the benefits of such pollen will be much less than of fresh ones. And if in winter you are offered bright, as if just collected pollen, then this is definitely a fake, which can be harmful to health.
If you buy pollen from a seller for the first time, then ask in what area and in what environment is the apiary from which you buy pollen. The proximity to the apiary of large highways, industrial enterprises, active agricultural activities with the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers are all factors that increase the risk of buying environmentally polluted products.
Therefore, you should choose a reliable, trusted seller who provides pollen supplies directly from apiaries and exclusively from those areas where there are all the necessary conditions for beekeeping.
Store bee pollen in a dry form. To do this, it is first well dried in a drying cabinet at a low temperature – within 40 ° C, then poured into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and sent to the refrigerator. So it can be stored for 2 years. Experienced beekeepers are mixed with high-quality honey in a 1: 2 ratio – as such, it retains its healing properties for up to 5 years.
Contraindications bee pollen
Despite its usefulness, treatment with bee pollen is not recommended for people suffering from chronic pollinosis (allergic reactions to pollen) of a seasonal nature. In addition, there is an individual intolerance to this product, which is manifested by redness of the eyes, skin rashes, itching and a runny nose.
Patients with bleeding disorders, diabetic patients should also not use bee pollen. Pregnant and lactating women can take bee pollen in very small doses and only after consulting a doctor.