I still remember the first time I found out about bee pollen. I saw my dad mixing it in to a glass of milk and I immediately freaked out with disgust. What the hell is that, dad? He laughed and told me that its bee pollen and it is one of the healthiest things around. Another crazy superfood I figured but then I started doing some research and it seems that my old man was right after all.
Bee pollen is made up of almost 40 percent protein and is one of the most nutritious foods around. It has just about all of the nutrients that are required by the human body to remain healthy and is abundant in easily absorbed amino acids. In fact, bee pollen contains more amino acids than many animal proteins when measured equally by weight.
Thankfully, if you’re weirded out by it, you don’t have to take it by the spoonful like my old man, bee pollen is also available in capsules these days. Here’s some of the benefits to this funky superfood:
Improves Digestive Health
In a previous article, I covered about the importance of digestive enzymes. Bee pollen contains a wide range of enzymes that help us to better digest our food and absorb all the nutrients from them.
Rich in Anti-oxidants
We all know how great anti-oxidants are for us. Bee pollen has a number of anti-oxidants that specifically help to protect and repair our respiratory system by fighting inflammation in the lungs, our immune system by improving the bacteria in our intestines and it also contains an important and it also contains a large amount of the anti-oxidant known as Rutin, which has a powerful impact on our cardiovascular system. It is known as an anti-clogging agent and protects us from the risks of strokes and heart attacks.
Natural Energy Booster
Bee pollen contains a wide variety of nutrients that can greatly enhance a person’s energy levels, such as, B-vitamins, carbohydrates and protein. It helps to fight fatigue and improve stamina. Best used at breakfast, in the afternoon and pre-workout.
Bee pollen has also been known to treat infertility and improve the chances of pregnancy in women. Some studies have also shown that it helps to protect the prostate by fighting inflammation. These studies, however, are unconfirmed and I do not recommend you use Bee Pollen as self-medication. Always consult a doctor.
The best way to take bee pollen is with a serving of fruit as it helps with digestion and activates the enzymes in the bee pollen.