Bee pollen is the flower pollen that collects on the legs and bodies of worker bees. The pollen is used as a food for young bees.
Bee pollen is considered a nutritious food source for humans too, and is sometimes known as ‘Food of the Gods’! Bee pollen has a long history of use, including in traditional Chinese medicine, and is even mentioned in the Bible and ancient ...Read more Egyptian texts. Bee pollen contains many naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, as well as protein, fatty acids, lecithin, enzymes, and other phytonutrients (plant nutrients that are not considered essential for our health but may be beneficial). As much as half of the protein in bee pollen is in the form of free amino acids, which means it is easy for the body to absorb and use.
Thanks to these natural constituents, bee pollen has become popular as a food supplement, and is most commonly used as a ‘tonic’ – to help rejuvenate and restore. Bee pollen supplements may also be chosen for many other purposes, including for athletic stamina and performance, for healthy aging, for hormone balance and to support the immune system; but there is a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of bee pollen for most of these uses.
As a supplement, bee pollen is most commonly found in the form of granules. Bee pollen granules make a tasty addition to any cereal, smoothie or plain yoghurt. Bee pollen granules can even be sprinkled on salads, or used in recipes for raw chocolate, desserts or cakes to add a natural kick!
You can also find bee pollen in the form of capsules or tablets.
Try the following smoothie recipe using bee pollen granules from Eat to Get Younger by Lorraine Nicolle and Christine Bailey (Singing Dragon, 2014).
Omega Vanilla Shake
Ingredients:1 tbsp chia seeds500ml/1 pint coconut water2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds2 frozen bananas, cut into chunks1 tsp bee pollen1 tbsp vanilla extract1-2 tbsp supergreen food powder
Method:Place the chia seeds in the coconut water and allow it to soak for at least 20 minutes. Process in a blender with the remaining ingredients until smooth.
If you would like further information on bee pollen, or would like help choosing a bee pollen supplement, give our nutritionists a call on 0345 2222 828 (option 3).
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