When it comes to bee pollen, you have to thank these worker bees. A thousand fold. It’s true. They work so hard. Bringing in the goodies not just for their colony. But for everyone on the planet. Yes, indeed. Bee pollen may just be a collection of things these bees put together using their bee saliva. Of all things. But all that rolled into one has become a formidable force. So powerful, it can actually boost your health. And save you from a string of degenerative diseases that are haunting America as we speak. It’s a no-brainer.
The merits of bee pollen use may have been under scrutiny for some time. And yet, it’s safe to say it has passed with excellent standards. Today, no less than Germany’s Ministry of Health regards the bee produce a medicine. Wow! Simply amazing by any standards. Before you dismiss this work of worker bees, therefore, you need to take a closer look at what lies ahead for you when making it a part and parcel of the dinner table. Also, you need to take ample precaution. As you are well aware by now, too much of anything can be poison. Below are the pros and cons of using this incredible end-product of worker bees. Read on.
What the Heck is Bee Pollen?
Right off the bat, now. Bee pollen is not honey. Or for that matter, it’s no royal jelly or even bee venom. It’s not even nectar – though it contains traces of the sweet element.
Dubbed by a slew of names, bee pollen is also called Pollen de Sarrasin, Pollen d’Abeille and Polen de Abeja. Other names for it include Buckwheat Pollen and Maize Pollen. For some Americans who use it regularly, it’s also called Pine Pollen. All this refer to the same thing.
To be precise, bee pollen is a combination of nectar and plant pollens bonded together by bee saliva. To a large extent, it’s a product of the diligence of worker bees.
Benefits of Putting It on the Dinner Table
Many experts recognize bee pollen as one of the world’s ‘most complete’ foods. Thanks to the extensive line-up of vitamins and minerals. Over the years, it has earned the reputation of a great ‘bodybuilder’ on the planet. And many athletes have used it extensively as muscle builder, with no less than Olympic athletes reaching out to it for endurance and added strength.
Added to this, below are some notable benefits for the worker bee’s produce:
1. Heart Health
It’s just timely as heart disease is the world’s #1 killer. Usually, it’s cholesterol and high blood lipids that’s to blame. The good news is bee pollen in the right dosage may lower these heart risk factors. This has been shown in the studies of animals which showed a dramatic drop in bad cholesterol levels (i.e., LDL) with repeated use.
2. Anti-inflammatory agent
Studies reveal the anti-swelling nature of bee pollen, something very useful for people who may be suffering from arthritis and other inflammations. In a recent animal study, the extract from bee pollen substantially minimized the swelling found in rat’s paws by a whopping 75 percent. Simply amazing!
So effective are its anti-inflammatory properties that bee pollen has been compared to anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., indomethacin).
3. Immunity Booster
The immune system is one powerful protection to thwart the advance of the disease. Fortunately, studies have shown bee pollen can boost such a defense. One research show bee pollen negating the activation of so-called mast cells. When put into action, mast cells trigger the process of allergic reaction.
Moreover, it has been shown that bee pollen extract can eliminate harmful pathogens. Some of these pathogens include Salmonella and E.coli, known harmful bacteria.
4. Speed Up Healing
This is a breath of fresh morning air for many youngsters. Thanks to its many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, bee pollen has been shown to be truly effective in the treatment of open wounds. In fact, an animal study revealed that bee pollen extract is as effective in treating burn wounds as standard silver sulfadiazine. The better part? The extract from worker bees produces far fewer side effects.
This further explains why balm ointments which contain bee pollen have been hastened the healing of body burns. What’s surprising is it may have even done better than over the counter meds in the market today.
Also, thanks to its antimicrobial properties, bee pollen is at the forefront in the prevention of infections, an aggravating factor in the healing process of open wounds (e.g., abrasions, cuts, scrapes).
5. Anticancer Boost
Cancer, since it was first diagnosed, has been the scourge of humanity for years. This is where bee pollen may shine a light of hope for every man. It has been revealed that bee pollen extract in test-tube studies successfully inhibited the growth of the tumor. Even better, it boosts apoptosis – or the death of cancer cells.
Some of Its Harmful Side Effects
The trick to dealing with harmful side effects that may ensue is being able to get medical attention early. Delaying action can have lasting repercussions. Thus, in the regular intake of bee pollen, it’s best to call a medical doctor when you feel the following symptoms:
- Swelling on any part of the face (e.g., lips, throat)
- Difficulty in breathing
- Feeling dizzy or light-headed
Usually, it’s usually when you use this bee compound for a long period of time that complications appear. Don’t be complacent. A period of 30 days using bee pollen may not be enough for side effects to show.
In many cases of long-term use, these side effects are serious. Making sure you attend to them at once is vital. These include:
- Gaining weight too soon
- Appetite loss
- Pain in the area of the upper stomach
- Muscle weakness
- Skin bruising
- Skin rash
Know that this list may not be complete. If you’re feeling unsure, calling the family doctor is best. And if you want to, reporting to the federal government via FDA (1-800-FDA-1088) would be best. In this regards, not taking bee pollen without medical consent may be wise.