Naturally, there are a huge number of products that in themselves are universal prophylactic and therapeutic agents. This category of gifts of nature includes bee products. And one of the most interesting options in this series is bee pollen, the beneficial properties of which are simply amazing in their diversity.
Naturally, there are a huge number of products that in themselves are universal prophylactic and therapeutic agents. This category of gifts of nature includes bee products. And one of the most interesting options in this series is bee pollen, the beneficial properties of which are simply amazing in their diversity. What kind of product is this – bee pollen – and what are its beneficial properties, let’s try to figure it out in this article.
Bee pollen: useful properties and contraindications
To understand what useful properties are characteristic of bee pollen, you should first figure out what kind of product it is. And this is nothing more than ordinary pollen, which honey bees collect and bring to their hive in special baskets located on their paws. Bees collect pollen from different plants and process it with their special bee substrate.
The pollen is shaped like small multicolored pellets the size of a needle head or slightly larger. The variety of shades is due to the fact that pollen is collected from different plants. The product is sweetish to taste. Sometimes a slight bitterness may be present. Again, subtle flavors depend on the type of plants from which the pollen is collected.
Flower pollen composition:
The chemical composition of bee pollen (bee pollen, pollen) is extremely diverse:
water (20% – in freshly harvested; up to 10% – after drying);
proteins 25-35%, fats – 5-7% (fatty acids, phospholipids, etc.), carbohydrates 20-40%;
vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, H, P);
minerals (iron, manganese, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, silver, etc.);
natural antibiotics, etc.
In terms of protein content, pollen (bee pollen) surpasses meat, milk, eggs. And 30 g of pollen covers the body’s daily need for essential amino acids and vitamin C. It’s a paradox, but bee pollen can be used even by those who are allergic to flower pollen.
Useful properties of pollen
Bee pollen treatments have been proven effective and are used for the following health problems:
diseases of the immune system (acute respiratory infections, acute respiratory infections, flu);
diseases of the digestive system (stomach and duodenal ulcer, chronic gastritis, constipation, diarrhea);
diseases of the cardiovascular system (anemia, atherosclerosis, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, heart disease, myocardial dystrophy, cardioneurosis);
diseases of the nervous system (neuroses, depression, loss of energy);
headaches, memory loss, climacteric syndrome;
obesity and lack of weight;
endocrine system disorders;
eye diseases (conjunctivitis, decreased vision, etc.);
lung abscess and other lung diseases;
prostatitis, impotence, adenoma and infertility in men;
diseases of the urinary system;
the consequences of radiation exposure, etc.
Bee pollen has a pronounced antitumor effect. It can be taken with benign neoplasms, as well as with some types of malignant. In addition, due to its high zinc content, pollen is able to restore the condition of the skin, hair and improve the health of nails.
Pollen also relieves hangovers. When treating a mentally ill person with “flower powder”, the patient’s mood improves, irritability disappears. Often, this can reduce the dose of prescribed antidepressants.
How to take pollen?
The recommended daily dose of natural pollen dried using a special technology is 25-30 g. For one dose, 1 tsp is suitable. The pollen should be chewed thoroughly and moistened with saliva before swallowing. To facilitate the process of taking pollen, you can pour 50 ml of warm boiled water, draw for a couple of hours, shaking occasionally. The solution is consumed half an hour before meals. Bee pollen is undesirable after 6 pm. The course of treatment is 1 month. 3 courses are recommended per year.
Another way to consume bee pollen is to buy ready-made pollen honey. In this case, due to canning, the beneficial properties in the bee product are preserved 50% longer.
Bee pollen for children
Children can be given pollen from the age of 3 in a dose of ¼ tsp. 3 p. per day, mixing with food. Adolescents aged 12 years and older are given 1/2 tsp pollen. 3 p. a day before meals. Pollen is useful for improving the physical and mental development of a child. It increases the appetite and defenses of the child’s body, which is especially important when the child is in kindergarten or school.
In the case of anemia in children, pollen significantly increases hemoglobin and red blood cell levels. The bee product is indicated for sick, weakened children, as well as when recovering from an illness or surgery.
Pollen during pregnancy
Competent consumption of pollen enriches the body of a pregnant woman and her fetus with the colossal living energy of Nature. It is a mild anabolic, guardian of the immune system, an orderly of the gastrointestinal tract, a regulator of metabolic processes, a controller of the cardiovascular and nervous system, a fighter against anemia and vitamin deficiency. However, before the active use of a natural component, it is important to consult a treating gynecologist.
Bee pollen contraindications
Despite its unique benefits, the bee product is not useful for everyone. First of all, pollen is contraindicated in case of individual intolerance. Refrain from the use of pollen is necessary for people who have a tendency to bleeding, since the product reduces blood clotting.
Diabetics in the early stages of the disease should consume bee pollen exclusively under the supervision of a physician. An overdose of bee pollen can cause harm.
Shelf life and storage of pollen
It is necessary to store bee pollen for no more than 2 years in a clean, dry room, free of sharp foreign odors at a temperature of 0-15 ° C. The pollen in the honey mixture is stored for no more than 5 years.