One of the powerful superfoods you can add into your diet is Bee Pollen, which has been used for centuries in many cultures, and especially Chinese medicine as a superfood supplement.
These little granules have nearly all the nutrients required by humans, in fact a higher percentage than any other food needed for survival. It contains 22 elements including amino acids, almost all B complex vitamins, vitamin A, C & E, folic acid, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, and is richer in protein than any animal source, and almost half of this protein can be used directly by the body.
As the name suggests it comes from the pollen of bees. One teaspoon of bee pollen takes one bee over 8 working hours per day over a month, so these granules are precious. You will be pleased to know bee keepers can remove the pollen from the hives without harming the bees, or disturbing their routines.
The benefits of Bee Pollen
Enhances energy and can improve endurance and fight fatigue.
Immune booster and good for intestinal flora. It has antibiotic properties.
Soothes skin and can be used topically for inflammatory conditions including eczema.
Inhibits cravings associated with addiction, and can also assist in weight management.
Fertility booster as it stimulates ovarian function. It is also an aphrodisiac.
Prostate aid that can help with inflammation of the prostate for men.
Alleviates allergies by reducing the presence of histamine - everything from asthma to hay fever (note you need to have taken it about 6 weeks prior to allergy season).
Digestive aid from the enzymes that help your body digest food.
Respiratory aid as it is anti inflammatory and can even prevent the onset of asthma.
Anti cancer qualities and also thought to protect against radiation.
Bee pollen is best taken with food and because it gives a little kick of energy I prefer to take it in the morning. I usually put it in my breakfast smoothie which adds a nice little natural sweetener as well. You can also sprinkle on salads, on porridge or use as a garnish. It's best not to heat bee pollen as it loses it's nutritional qualities.
So my little busy bees, get into it!!
Please note: You should not take bee pollen if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also if you have pollen allergies you should test this out slowly to make sure you do not have adverse effects. It should be introduced in small quantities to your body. Try just taking a few granules at first and working up to a teaspoon.