Four Sigma Foods 101 – Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is highly valued and extremely nutritious food, appreciated as a complete food by many health experts. Bee pollen has been used all over the world, for thousands of years. It is mentioned in the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran and the Book of Mormon, as well as in some ancient writings of the Far East.
Bee pollen is gathered for human consumption using filters placed at the entrance of the apiary (beehive). When bees pass through the filter, it gathers 10-15% of the pollen they carry, leaving plenty for the bees’ own uses.
Bee pollen is considered one of the best protein sources in the world. It contains 25% protein, with a high absorption rate.
Why to Use Bee Pollen
Bee pollen is packed with nutrients. It contains a full range of vitamin Bs (with the exception of B12), vitamins C, D and E, a full amino acid profile, 12 salient enzymes for the digestive system and up to 60 minerals. In addition, it contains carotenoids, small amounts of lecithin, choline, fatty acids, and the nucleic acids DNA and RNA.
Bee pollen is considered one of the best protein sources in the world. It contains 25% protein, with a high absorption rate. According to some clinical tests, some of bee pollen’s nutrients can be absorbed into the bloodstream directly from the stomach – not a common trait among foods.
It has been found that bee pollen may enhance sexual willingness and ability. It boosts energy levels and performance, and speeds and optimizes recovery after exercise. It has been seen to reduce histamine production, and so can lessen or neutralize the effects of some allergies.
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How to Use Bee Pollen
One can use large amounts of bee pollen daily, but it is a good idea to start off gradually, so the body can adjust itself to the new food substance. One tablespoon a day is a good amount to begin with. Soaking in water for 12 hours enhances bee pollen’s bioavailability. Bee pollen can be mixed with your morning cereals, mixed into smoothies or even used in baking. High temperature can ruin some of pollen’s nutrients, so the less it is heated, the better. This is also one reason freeze-dried bee pollen is a smart choice.
Where to Buy Bee Pollen
Bee pollen products are available in health food stores throughout North America and Western Europe. In Asia, it can be purchased in regular supermarkets as well. You can find many different Bee Pollen products online, but in terms of sustainability and quality we trust only Y.S. Organic Bee Farms’ products.
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