Bee Pollen - A Budget Friendly Food for Health and Healing
by Barbara L. Minton
Bee pollen is often referred to as nature's most complete food. Pollen
harvested from a diverse selection of geographic areas contains all the
essential components of life in a good tasting, chewable, easily
digested, and highly bio-available form that can be consumed by anyone
from young children to the very old. All the nutritive and rejuvenating
elements contained in expensive, whole food vitamin pills can be found
in bee pollen. But since these elements are crafted into the most super
of superfoods by nature, they have the added benefits of perfect
synergy. Pollen also offers healing, with interesting research studies
documenting its medicinal effects.
Bees Are Legendary
bee was revered and deified in many religious cultures. The Hindu text,
Rig-Veda, written in Sanskrit between 2000 and 3000BC, speaks of bees
with awe. Vishnu, the powerful preserver and protector of the Hindu
trinity, is frequently symbolized by a blue bee sitting on a lotus
flower. Kama, the Indian god of love, carries a bow strung with a chain
of entwined bees. Cultures worshipping fertility goddesses such as
Venus, Diana, Ceres, or Iris, used the bee as a symbol for scared
festivities. Next to man, no other living creature has been so highly
esteemed by so many diverse cultures.
The bee is believed to be
over 80 million years old. The Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the
Talmund, the scrolls of the Orient, and the writings of the ancient
Greeks and Romans all praised the healing and health properties of
foods created by bees. The bee's nectar is mentioned 68 times in the
The old Caucasus mountaineers used to be beekeepers and
knew that the waste matter from bees enhanced health. They would sell
their bee products at the market and then eat the leftovers. They
exercised every day by working outdoors, got plenty of fresh air, and
ate a whole foods diet. Many of them were the same weight they were at
age 18, had no disease, and were reported to be over 150 years old.
Jarvis, M.D. and Charles Mraz, a beekeeper in Vermont, searched to find
cases of cancer or deaths from cancer among beekeepers. They were
unable to find any deaths from cancer. One keeper had Hodgkins disease
which he contracted before becoming a beekeeper. He was cured of it
once he started his new occupation and began consuming bee products.
is the male seed of flowers. It is essential for the fertilization of
most plants. All the varieties of flowers in the universe put forth a
dusting of pollen, including the many fruiting agricultural crops. One
teaspoon of pollen contains approximately 2.5 billion grains, each of
which has the capacity to supply those factors necessary for the
fertilization and reproduction of a particular species.
all species except man, bees seek out and create the most nutritious
food to feed to their young. Pollen contains 40% protein, about half of
which is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be
assimilated and used by the body.
The Master Craftsmanship of the Bee
pollen is an arduous process. When bees arrive at flowers, they pick
out the best pollen from the millions of grains that are present. Then
they scrape the powdery loose pollen from the stamen with their jaws
and front legs. They moisten the pollen with a sticky substance
secreted from their stomachs so it will adhere to their rear legs. The
jagged bristles of their rear legs are used to comb the powder from
their coats and front legs. The outsides of their tibias form concave
areas used as pollen baskets, into which they press their golden
deposits. When each of these baskets is fully loaded, the microscopic
dust has been tamped down into a single golden granule.
thousands of chemical analyses of bee pollen have been performed, but
there are some elements present in bee pollen that are not yet
identifiable. When man-made pollen is fed to young bees, they die, even
though all the known nutrients are present in the lab synthesized
version. These unknown elements may be the reason why bee pollen is so
beneficial to so many diverse health conditions.
The Amazing Nutritional Properties of Bee Pollen
Chinese consider pollen to be an energy enhancer and restorative tonic.
Cultures around the world use pollen for improving vitality and
endurance, aiding recovery from chronic illness, promoting longevity,
regulating intestinal functioning, building blood, preventing infection
with its antibiotic properties, restoring lost sexual desire and
energy, alleviating menstrual cramps, promoting fertility, alleviating
depression and fatigue, alleviating migraine headaches, normalizing
cholesterol levels, and treating cravings and addictions. There is
mounting evidence that pollen can help overcome retardation and other
developmental problems in children. Pollen prevents many side effects
of radiation treatment and has anti-cancer properties.
is richer in protein than any animal source, and contains more
free-form amino acids than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight. It
contains an abundance of pro vitamin A in the form of carotenoids, the
B complex vitamins and folate (the natural form of folic acid), vitamin
C and vitamin E, as well as a wealth of minerals, enzymes, lecithin,
carbohydrates in the form of natural sugars, and fatty acids. The amino
acids found in pollen are the most indispensable in our daily diet and
cannot be manufactured or synthesized in our bodies. Pollen also
contains lecithin, amines, nuclein, guanine, xanthine, hypoxanthine,
vernine, waxes, gums, resins, hydrocarbons, sterols, polypeptides,
ribose, desoxyribose, hexuronic acid, vegetable oils, and various
Pollen is superior to both honey and royal jelly, and possesses a similar but more stable composition than that of royal jelly.
at the Institute of Apiculture, Taranov, Russia, report that "honeybee
pollen is the richest source of vitamins found in nature in a single
food. Even if bee pollen had none of its other vital ingredients, its
content of rutin (a bioflavonoid) alone would justify taking at least a
teaspoon daily, if for no other reason than strengthening capillaries".
also provides a high content of the immune boosting nucleics RNA
(ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). RNA and DNA are
critical for health and longevity. They are responsible for directing
cellular growth, renewal and repair, and deficiencies of them cause
premature aging and compromised immunity. RNA-DNA is depleted in the
body by exercise, stress, pollution, and poor diet. Replenishing
RNA-DNA is critical to every aspect of bodily health and longevity.
Research on Bee Pollen Produced Compelling Results
have demonstrated that there is a substance in pollen that inhibits the
development of numerous harmful bacteria. This antibiotic property is
effective against salmonella and other stains of bacteria. Clinical
studies have shown a regulatory effect on intestinal function
attributable to pollen.
Studies with lab animals have shown
that ingestion of pollen has a positive affect on blood composition,
promoting red and white cell increases. Pollen will raise the level of
hemoglobin considerably in those who are anemic.
Appearance of Palpable Mammary Tumors in C3H Mice Following the
Ingestion of Pollenized Food" is the title of an article published back
in 1948 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study, led by Dr.
William Robinson, began with mice that had been bred to develop and die
from tumors. Mice of this strain developed tumors at ages ranging from
18 to 57 weeks, with an average age at appearance of 33 weeks. Tumor
incidence was 100%. The pollen used for the study was of "the bee
gathered type". One group of mice was fed mice food only, while another
group was fed mice food with the addition of a small amount of pollen.
Robinson reported his dramatic results, "In the untreated mice, mammary
tumors appeared as expected at an average of 31.3 weeks. Tumor
incidence was 100%. In the treated mice (the ones with the pollen in
their food), the average onset of tumors was 41.2 weeks, a delay of 9.8
weeks. Seven mice in the pollen eating group were still tumor free at
56 to 62 weeks of age, when the tests were ended. Remember, these mice
were bred to die from tumors. The mice without the protection of the
pollen in their food developed tumors and died right on schedule.
It kind of makes you wonder why we don't hear about this study now, when mammary tumors are so pervasive, doesn't it?
a study at the University of Vienna, twenty-five women with inoperable
uterine cancer were treated with chemotherapy. The women who were given
pollen with their food exhibited a significantly increased level of
immune-system cells and antibody production, as well as a higher
concentration of oxygen carrying red blood cells. These women
experienced less nausea and hair loss from their chemotherapy. The
control group experienced no comparable relief.
Institute in Romania come more results revealing the immune
strengthening effects of pollen. Researchers documented an increase in
the level of blood lymphocytes, gamma globulins, and proteins in those
subjects given pollen in comparison with control groups. The results
signified a strengthening in the resistance of the organic systems,
particularly the lymphocytes. These are the white blood cells that are
the guardians of the immune system, protecting the body from injurious
or harmful substances, infected or diseased cells, mutant and cancerous
cells, viruses, and metabolic debris.
A treatment for
allergies, called desensitization, was developed at St. Mary's Hospital
Medical School in London over 100 years ago. It improves allergies and
controls asthma by helping to build immunity to allergens by using
pollen as an antigen. A report from Dr. Leo Conway, a pioneer in the
field of desensitization, documented that 94 percent of his treated
patients were completely free of allergy symptoms.
reportedly an agent for the relief of hay fever, bronchitis, ulcers of
the digestive tract, colitis, and urinary disorders. It supports the
endocrine system, helps protect the arteries of the heart from
atherosclerosis, and treats prostate conditions. It is beneficial for
the brain and nerves, acne and fatigue.
documented the ability of pollen to stimulate ovarian function. When
given pollen supplementation of 2 parts per 100 in food, or 5 parts per
100 as substitution for animal protein, the intensity of ovulation
increased. Pollen also increased the ability of eggs to withstand the
The benefits of bee pollen extend to the
area of weight loss. Pollen has been shown to have an ability to
promote fat loss by rectifying the chemical imbalances that many
overweight people have. Pollen also improves metabolism, and dissolves
and flushes fat cells from the body due to is high percentage of
lecithin. Because pollen is so nutritionally complete and balanced, it
helps reduce food cravings.
What a Healthy Person Can Expect From Bee Pollen
pollen is regularly ingested by healthy people, they can expect
protection against any insufficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and amino
acids, particularly during times of intensive physical or mental work.
Optimal physical and mental output may be expected. The body will
receive greater reinforcement during its resistance toward any
environmental insult or aggression. Internal metabolic disorders that
may eventually generate disease conditions will be forestalled. It is a
natural product that is well tolerated by the body. During its many
years of testing, pollen has been notably free of harmful side-effects.
Buying and Using Pollen
pollen in the form of tablets should be avoided, since heating of
pollen during compression will destroy its enzymes and vitamin C
content. Since pollen is a food, buy it in granules that can be chewed
and eaten. Pollen has a slightly sweet, pleasant taste that will be
agreeable with most children. For the very ill, pollen can be almost
completely dissolved in the saliva of the mouth and swallowed.
slowly with a few granules and build up your consumption over time to
as much as several teaspoons daily. Choose pollen that has been
harvested from a diverse selection of geographic areas to achieve a
nutritional profile that is balanced. Keep opened containers of pollen
in your refrigerator. Unopened containers can be kept in your freezer.
Pollen is very reasonably priced, at about 10 dollars a pound. It is an
extremely effective and convenient way to supplement on a fairly low
About the author
is a school psychologist, a published author in the area of personal
finance, a breast cancer survivor using "alternative" treatments, a
born existentialist, and a student of nature and all things natural.