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The Top 25 Benefits of Bee Pollen
- Life Extension
- Liver Health
- Nail Health
- Weight Loss
Bee Pollen Extends Lifespan
In previous studies, scientists showed that mice survived in a healthy condition when fed only a bee pollen granules diet and drinking water for 365 days.
Similarly, they also showed that rats fed only bee pollen for 12 weeks developed and grew just as well as rats fed a conventional diet.
So, the scientists set out to determine how long the survival time of these mice could be extended beyond 365 days when fed only bee pollen granules and water.
What they found was that the control mice survived an average of 477 days and 100% of them experienced a kidney issue which was typical of this strain of mice.
On the contrary, all bee pollen fed mice appeared healthy when they reached 600 days of age. And interestingly enough, there was no evidence of the kidney issue that the control mice developed!
The scientists concluded that “there is something in bee pollen that makes animals live longer…and we don’t know what it is!”, Angela Ysseldyk, Nutritionist.
Bee Pollen Protects & Treats the Liver
Bee pollen is very high in antioxidants, which have many health benefits. The aim of this study was to investigate whether bee pollen can protect the liver from damage caused by a very toxic substance called tetrachloride. Tetrachloride is very toxic to the human liver and kidneys.
You are very unlikely to be exposed to tetrachloride as it is now banned for use in commerical products but in the 20th century, it was widely used as a dry cleaning solvent, as a refrigerant, and in lava lamps. It was also used as a pesticide to kill insects in stored grain.
The point of the study is not to determine if bee pollen can protect you against a substance you are likely to never be exposed to but instead give some indication of how it might protect your liver against the many substances currently in our environment that are toxic.
If bee pollen can protect your liver against something as toxic as tetrachloride, it is likely that it can do the same against many other toxic substances.
The study was conducted in rats as seven groups. Two different concentrations of bee pollens (200 and 400 mg/kg/day OR 200 mg/2.2 lbs/day) were given orally and one group was administered with silibinin (50 mg/kg/day) for seven days to the rats after they were exposed to tetrachloride.
Silibinin is better known as milk thistle, a very popular herb used for liver health. If you’ve ever visited a health food store, you can be assured that they stock milk thistle as it is a very effective liver tonic and used in most liver products.
The scientists found that both the bee pollen and the Milk Thistle reversed the damage done to the liver by tetrachloride. Milk Thistle however caused significant weight loss and mortality due to severe diarrhea. The bee pollen group saw no weight loss or mortality.
These powerful results are being attributed to the wide variety of antioxidants found in bee pollen, which in this study included phenols, flavonoids, anthocyanins, beta-carotene and other carotenoids.
What does this mean for you? The amount of bee pollen ingested in this study (the 200 mg/2.2 lbs group) would be the equivalent of about 30 grams per day in a 150 lb human. 30 grams is about 3 tablespoons of bee pollen granules per day, which is reasonable for humans to consume in order to obtain the significant liver protection and health benefits this superfood possesses.
The full study can be found in the journal Evidence Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 2013;2013:461478.
High in Protein and Minerals
Bee Pollen is richer in protein than meat (which contains only 17 to 22%), fish, eggs and cheese.
”35 to 50 g of pollen a day”, writes Dr. Stefan Stangaciu MD, “can cover the needs in protein of man”.
Pollen contains all of the essential amino acids, including those it cannot synthesize.
By these amino acids, pollen supports the functions of the thyroid which are very often disturbed by our living conditions.
Thanks to it’s richness in amino acids, pollen has a positive action on physical and intellectual tiredness. The proteins, minerals (calcium, phosphorus) and vitamins (pro vitamin A, the B Vitamins…) it contains enhance the development of young children. Certain amino acids are growth accelerators – arginine, proline, cystine, serine and tyrosine.
Due to its high nutritional quality, pollen can stimulate the appetite and weight and a quick recuperation of forces with weakened patients after a long lasting illness.
It is thus convenient especially for recovering patients, seniors, the under-nourished and for chronic fatigue.
Bee pollen benefits athletes as well as pregnant women. By toning up the uterine muscle, pollen aids the contractions while giving birth.
It regulates weight gain and thus may be recommended to obese persons or diabetics or to persons suffering of an abnormal loss of weight.
The mineral selenium, which is also found in bee pollen, slows down the aging of the cells.
Arginine helps to prevent impotency, frigidity and sterility. These amino acids support the functioning of the prostate. It also contains many nucleic acids in the chromosomes, very important for cellular regeneration and thus for diminishing the risk of genetic diseases.
Circulatory and Heart Health
Because of the rutin it contains, pollen has a fortifying action on the heart, the vessels and especially on the capillaries.
It facilitates blood circulation, balances the cardiac rhythm (arrhythmia), diminishes vascular hemorrhages and fragility of the capillaries and helps prevent phlebitis.
It diminishes the excessive arterial tension, fights against arteriosclerosis, and acts against cerebral atherosclerosis by reducing the cholesterol and triglycerides ratio.
Pollen also helps sustain the production of red blood cells and thus has an anti-anemic action.
Pollen increases the ratio of white and red cells in the blood in case of insufficiency. Lysine favors the renewing of red cells and histidine facilitates hemoglobin formation.
It reinforces the circulatory system and namely the capillaries by the presence of rutin. This acts on the cardiac contractions and prevent hemorrhages. The poly-unsaturated fats and the flavonoids it contains enhance blood circulation and help prevent arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis.
It reduces the ratio of cholesterol, fatty acids, triglycerides, lipo-proteins and albumin in the blood.
- Thanks especially to it’s high amino acid content, pollen has an affinity for the brain. It stimulates memory and the power of concentration (glutamic acid). Psycho-physiologic tests show a considerable increase of attention, with diminution of errors and a clear increase of muscular force. It should be advised to aged persons, to children of school age and to students to ease exam preparation.It diminishes the negative effects of stress, anger, jealousy, envy. It offers a feeling of well being. It is recommended against anxious, depressive, irritable moods, neuroses, insomnia, head aches and vertigo.This testimonial was submitted by Tom in our Bee Pollen Forum:“I started taking Bee Pollen about 3 and a half months ago. To my surprise I didn’t realize that it was going to help my depression. I no longer have depression – I can hardly even think bad thoughts. Before bee pollen I could never think a good thought. All I could think of was negative thoughts. I’ve never felt this way. I’ve always suffered from the negative thoughts. Now everyday I wake up I have more energy. I can’t wait to live – I love living. I’m 50 years old and never thought that I could ever feel this way.”Submitted by Tom.
Bee Pollen Benefits Your Hair Skin & Nails
Bee Pollen is efficient for dry and devitalized skin and acts against eczema and acne.
It helps hair to grow healthier and fights against hair loss. It fortifies the breakable or halving of nails. It helps with the quality of sight. These virtues are certainly due to its richness in vitamins and minerals such as sulphur, iron, zinc, vitamins A, B3, B8, rutin and amino acids such as tryptophan, cystine and tyrosine.
And from Grace S., this testimonial about her results using bee pollen to improve her nail health:
“I just wanted to report that it is so true about bee pollen helping nails. It not only helped my nails (that are strong and beautiful because the bee pollen is directly related to their good health) but it also has made a huge difference in my hair. The times I did not eat bee pollen my nails would be softer and break easily. But when I would get back to eating the pollen my nails would immediately get strong and very healthy….the same is true about my hair. My hair has gotten thicker and more vibrant because of the bee pollen….”
Prostate troubles affect 30% of men between 50 and 60 years,60% of men between 60 and 70 years and 100% of men older than that.
Bee Pollen’s curative action is very efficient in treating many issues of the prostate: benign hypertrophy of the prostate, prostatitis and cancer of the prostate.
Men can prevent and ease these issues by taking pollen daily after the age of 50 : 25 to 30 g of fresh pollen (or 30 to 40 g of dry pollen) during treatment and then 15 g per day for maintenance.
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†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Use of Bee Pollen as a Superfood
By: Dr. Mercola
What Is Pollen?
Pollen is the male seed of flowers. It is required for the fertilization of the plant. The tiny particles consist of 50/1,000-millimeter corpuscles, formed at the free end of the stamen in the heart of the blossom. Every variety of flower in the universe puts forth a dusting of pollen. Many orchard fruits and agricultural food crops do, too.
Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body. Such highly assimilable protein can contribute significantly to one’s protein needs.
Gathering pollen is not as easy as it sounds. Once a honeybee arrives at a flower, she settles herself in and nimbly scrapes off the powdery loose pollen from the stamen with her jaws and front legs, moistening it with a dab of the honey she brought with her from the hive. The enlarged and broadened tarsal segments of her legs have a thick trimming of bristles, called pollen combs. The bee uses these combs to brush the gold powder from her coat and legs in mid-flight. With a skillful pressing movement of her auricle, which is used as a hammer, she pushes the gathered gold into her baskets. Her pollen baskets, surrounded by a fringe of long hairs, are simply concave areas located on the outside of her tibias. When the bee’s baskets are fully loaded, the microscopic golden dust has been tamped down into a single golden grain, or granule.
One of the most interesting facts about bee pollen is that it cannot be synthesized in a laboratory. When researchers take away a bee’s pollen-filled comb and feed her manmade pollen, the bee dies even though all the known nutrients are present in the lab-produced synthesized food. Many thousands of chemical analyses of bee pollen have been made with the very latest diagnostic equipment, but there are still some elements present in bee pollen that science cannot identify. The bees add some mysterious “extra” of their own. These unidentifiable elements may very well be the reason bee pollen works so spectacularly against so many diverse conditions of ill health.
Honeybees do double duty. They are programmed to gather pollen and carry it back to the hive as food for the colony. However, even more important as far as humans are concerned, they are also responsible for the pollination of more than 80 percent of green growing things. As bees buzz from blossom to blossom, microscopic pollen particles coat their stubby little bodies so densely that they sometimes look like little yellow fuzz balls. When they arrive at the next flower, a portion of the live golden dust is transferred to that blossom and pollination is accomplished.
It is important to recognize that a one teaspoon dose of pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather. Each bee pollen pelletcontains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.
Bee pollen contains all the essential components of life. The percentage of rejuvenating elements in bee pollen remarkably exceeds those present in brewer’s yeast and wheat germ. Bee pollen corrects the deficient or unbalanced nutritioncommon in the customs of our present-day civilization of consuming incomplete foods, often with added chemical ingredients, which expose us to physiological problems as various as they are numerous.
Pollen is considered an energy and nutritive tonic in Chinese medicine. Cultures throughout the world use it in a surprising number of applications:
Improving endurance and vitality Extending longevity Aiding recovery from chronic illness Adding weight during convalescence Reducing cravings and addictions Regulating the intestines Building new blood Preventing infectious diseases such as the cold and flu (it has antibiotic type properties) Helping overcome retardation and other developmental problems in children
Pollen is also thought to protect against radiation and to have anti-cancer qualities.
Nutrient deficiencies and all the health problems they cause are recognized worldwide as a growing problem. Because bee pollen contains all the nutrients needed to sustain life, it is being used on an ever-larger scale for human nourishment and health. Science teaches that bee pollen contains many substances that combine to make it a healthy, nutritious, complete food. There are numerous reports from medical experience that conclusively show the benefits of bee pollen exceed that of a simple food item. And the bees do most of the work.
Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins, free amino acids, and vitamins, including B-complex and folic acid.
According to researchers at the Institute of Apiculture, Taranov, Russia:
“Honeybee pollen is the richest source of vitamins found in Nature in a single food. Even if bee pollen had none of its other vital ingredients, its content of rutin alone would justify taking at least a teaspoon daily, if for no other reason than strengthening the capillaries. Pollen is extremely rich in rutin and may have the highest content of any source, plus it provides a high content of the nucleics RNA [ribonucleic acid] and DNA [deoxyribonucleic acid].”
Bee pollen is a complete food and contains many elements that products of animal origin do not possess. Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. Bee pollen is particularly concentrated in all elements necessary for life.
Researchers have demonstrated that there is a substance in bee pollen that inhibits the development of numerous harmful bacteria. Experiments have shown bee pollen contains an antibiotic factor effective against salmonella and some strains of bacteria. On the clinical level, studies have shown that a regulatory effect on intestinal function can be attributed to bee pollen. The presence of a high proportion of cellulose and fiber in pollen, as well as the existence of antibiotic factors, all contribute to an explanation for this efficacious effect.
Working with lab animals has demonstrated that the ingestion of bee pollen has a good effect on the composition of blood. A considerable and simultaneous increase of both white and red blood cells is observed. When bee pollen is given to anemic patients, their levels of hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying red blood cells) increase considerably.
It is reported that bee pollen in the diet acts to normalize cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood: upon the regular ingestion of bee pollen, a reduction of cholesterol and triglycerides was observed. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) increased, while low-density lipoproteins (LDL) decreased. A normalization of blood serum cholesterol levels is also seen.
One of the most important articles ever published on bee pollen comes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This article, titled “Delay in the Appearance of Palpable Mammary Tumors in C3H Mice Following the Ingestion of PolIenized Food,” is the work of William Robinson of the Bureau of Entomology, Agriculture Research Administration. It was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute way back in October 1948, five decades ago. According to the article, Dr. Robinson started with mice that had been specially bred to develop and subsequently die from tumors. He explains, “The age at which mice of this strain developed tumors ranged from 18 to 57 weeks, with an average appearance at 33 weeks. Tumor incidence was 100 percent.”
The pollen used in this study was supplied by the Division of Bee Culture and, according to the report, “was the bee-gathered type.” One group of mice was fed mice chow only; another group was fed mice chow with the addition of bee pollen at a ratio of 1 part bee pollen to 10,000 parts food. Dr. Robinson’s article states:
“Particular attention was given to the weight of the treated animals, since underweight can in itself bring about a delay in tumor development. No decrease in weight occurred in the animals receiving the pollenized food. Instead, a slight but fairly uniform increase was noted, possibly due to a nutritional factor in pollen.”
In his summary, Dr. Robinson reveals the dramatic results:
“In the untreated mice [the mice not given bee pollen], mammary tumors appeared as expected at an average of 31.3 weeks. Tumor incidence was 100 percent. In the postponement series, [the mice given bee pollen], the average [onset of tumors] was 41.1 weeks, a delay of 9.8 weeks being obtained. Seven mice in this series were still tumor-free at 56 to 62 weeks of age, when the tests were terminated. I would like to emphasize that these mice were especially bred to die from cancerous tumors. Without the protection of bee pollen in their food, the mice developed tumors and died right on schedule.”
Given the fact that cancer is the number-two killer in the United States (heart disease is number one), we can all certainly agree that this is an electrifying article. What happened from it? Nothing. Even the National Cancer Institute, which published it, failed to follow up on this very promising line of research. It was dropped with no explanation.
More good news comes from the University of Vienna, where Dr. Peter Hernuss and colleagues conducted a study of 25 women suffering from inoperable uterine cancer. Because surgery was impossible, the women were treated with chemotherapy. The lucky women given bee pollen with their food quickly exhibited a higher concentration of cancer-fighting immune-system cells, increased antibody production, and a markedly improved level of infection-fighting and oxygen carrying red blood cells (hemoglobin). These women suffered less from the awful side effects of chemotherapy as well. Bee pollen lessened the terrible nausea that commonly accompanies the treatment and helped keep hair loss to a minimum. The women also slept better at night. The control group receiving a placebo did not experience comparable relief.
A report from the Agronomic Institute, Faculty of Zootechnics, Romania, showed the immune-strengthening effects of bee pollen. According to the report”Comparative Studies Concerning Biochemical Characteristics of Beebread as Related to the Pollen Preserved in Honey” by Drs. E. Palos, Z. Voiculescu, and C. Andrei:
“An increase has been recorded in the level of blood lymphocytes, gamma globulins, and proteins in those subjects given pollen in comparison with control groups. The most significant difference occurred in lymphocytes. These results thus signify a strengthening in the resistance of the organic system.”
Lymphocytes are the white blood cells that are the “soldiers” of the immune system. They are responsible for ridding the body of injurious and harmful substances, including infected or diseased cells, mutant and cancerous cells, viruses, metabolic trash, and so on. Gamma globulin is a protein formed in the blood, and our ability to resist infection is closely related to this protein’s activity.
Pollen stimulates ovarian function. The best results were obtained with a pollen supplementation of 2 parts per 100 in the ration, and with the substitution of animal proteins with pollen in a proportion of 5 parts per 100. The intensity of ovulation increased. Parallel to this increase in ovulation, pollen also improves the ability of eggs to withstand the incubation period. The best results were obtained with a quantity of 4 parts per 100 of pollen added to the ration, resulting in an increase in the percentage of eggs in respect to the control group. The application of pollen is recommended whenever the end result is obtaining eggs for reproduction.
Bee Products Also Treats Allergies!
Pollen is also a remedy for hay fever and allergies. However, it must be taken at least six weeks before the season begins and then continued throughout the season if it going to work.
Bee pollen has been effectively used down through the ages to rid allergy sufferers of their afflictions. This technique, called desensitization, was developed at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London soon after the turn of the century. The treatment consists of administering small amounts of the allergen to stimulate the patient’s own immune system to produce antibodies that will eliminate the allergic reaction. It works rather like a vaccination does against childhood diseases.
Desensitization is based on the premise that the administration of the allergen will cause the body to produce antibodies that will cancel out the effects of the offending substance when the patient is again exposed to it.
Leo Conway, M.D., of Denver Colorado, treated his patients with pollen. Dr. Conway reported: “All patients who had taken the antigen [pollen] for three years remained free from all allergy symptoms, no matter where they lived and regardless of diet. Control has been achieved in 100 percent of my earlier cases and the field is ever-expanding.” Since oral feeding of pollen for this use was first perfected in his laboratory, astounding results were obtained. No ill consequences have resulted. Ninety-four percent of all his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms. Of the other six percent, not one followed directions, but even this small percentage were nonetheless partially relieved.
Relief of hay fever, pollen-induced asthma, with ever increasing control of bronchitis, ulcers of the digestive tract, colitis, migraine headaches, and urinary disorders were all totally successful. Unfortunately, Dr. Conway, an early pioneer in the field of allergies, is now deceased. What we did not know was just how lightning-fast it could bring relief. It actually eliminated longstanding symptoms in minutes. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems cleared. These trials confirmed that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a very wide range of respiratory distress.
Bee Products and Physical Activity
The British Sports Council recorded increases in strength of as high as 40 to 50 percent in those taking bee pollen regularly. Even more astounding, the British Royal Society has reported height increases in adults who take pollen. Antii
Lananaki, coach of the Finnish track team that swept the Olympics in 1972, revealed, “Most of our athletes take pollen food supplements. Our studies show it significantly improves their performance. There have been no negative results since we have been supplying pollen to our athletes.”
Alex Woodly, then executive director of the prestigious Education Athletic Club in Philadelphia, said:
“Bee pollen works, and it works perfectly. Pollen allows super-stars to increase their strength and stamina up to 25 percent. This increase in strength and endurance may be the key to the secret regenerative power of bee pollen. Bee pollen causes a definite decrease in pulse rate. The whole beauty of bee pollen is that it’s as natural as you can get. No chemicals. No steroids.”
Renowned German naturalist Francis Huber was a great proponent of this miraculous food from the hive. Huber called bee pollen “the greatest body builder on Earth.”
Bee Pollen and Weight Control
Bee pollen works wonders in a weight-control or weight-stabilization regimen by correcting a possible chemical imbalance in body metabolism that may be involved in either abnormal weight gain or loss. The normalizing and stabilizing effects of this perfect food from the bees are phenomenal.
In weight-loss programs, bee pollen stimulates the metabolic processes. It speeds caloric burn by lighting and stoking the metabolic fires. Honeybee pollen is coming to be recognized as Nature’s true weight-loss food. Bee pollen is a low-calorie food. It contains only ninety calories per ounce. (An ounce is about two heaping tablespoons.) It offers 15 percent lecithin by volume.
Lecithin is a substance that helps dissolve and flush fat from the body. This is one reason why bee pollen lowers low-density lipoproteins (LDL) surer and faster than any other food while helping increase the helpful high-density lipoproteins (HDL), which science says protect against cholesterol and heart disease.
By boosting the value of each nutrient present in the food you eat, bee pollen also eliminates cravings. Its natural phenylalanine content acts as an appetite suppressant. Phenylalanine is a natural amino acid that the body requires. It acts on your appestat, the control center that signals fullness and hunger. Mother Nature knows what she’s about. You just plain won’t want to eat as much when you take bee pollen regularly. When you are overweight, phenylalanine exerts a natural appetite suppressant effect. When you need to gain weight, the phenylalanine in bee pollen works in reverse.
The chemical drug in over-the-counter weight-loss products is a manmade cousin of phenylalanine called phenylpropanolamine, which chemically depresses the appetite whether you are fat, thin, or just right. It can also give you the jitters and leave you with a drug-induced “hangover” and can be addictive. Phenylpropanolamine is a common ingredient in many decongestants, explaining why one of the side effects of these products is loss of appetite. Products that include phenylpropanolamine as an ingredient must by law carry a warning that they should not be taken by persons with certain conditions, including thyroid problems and high blood pressure.
Health and Beauty
Basic beauty begins with the glow of good health, which shines from within. A scrubbed and radiant complexion transforms anyone into a singularly attractive person. On the other hand, dull, muddy skin, often caused by poor nutrition or personal hygiene, can detract from even the most attractive. Studies have shown that unhealthy or aging skin can be dramatically improved by the consumption of honeybee pollen.
When bee pollen is included daily in the diet, it not only gives you the glow of health and aids in safe, permanent weight loss, but it can also be blended into seemingly “magic potions” to smooth, soothe, and rejuvenate every inch of the outside of your body. Several relatively inexpensive mixtures of hive products, used externally, can revitalize and rejuvenate the complexion and may even eliminate acne.
Dr. Lars-Erik Essen, a dermatologist in Helsingborg, Sweden, pioneered the use of bee products for skin conditions. He treated many of his patients successfully for acne. Dr. Essen says, “Through transcutaneous nutrition, bee pollen exerts a profound biological effect. It seems to prevent premature aging of the cells and stimulates growth of new skin tissue. It offers effective protection against dehydration and injects new life into dry cells. It smoothes away wrinkles and stimulates a life-giving blood supply to all skin cells.
The skin becomes younger-looking, less vulnerable to wrinkles, smoother, and healthier with the use of honeybee pollen,” Dr. Essen says. “Taken internally or used externally, bee pollen exercises a suppressive effect on facial acne. It is also an important skin rejuvenator, primarily because it contains a high concentration of the nucleic acids RNA and DNA as well as a natural antibiotic factor.”
The French, long noted for their preoccupation with all things beautiful, have done a great deal of research on the use of bee pollen and other hive products in cosmetic preparations. Dr. M. Esperrois of the French Institute of Chemistry notes that honeybee pollen contains potent antibiotics that can act to reverse the effects normal aging exerts on skin, correcting darkening, wrinkles, and blemishes.
Professors N. Mankovsky and D. G. Chebotarev, two Russian scientists, confirm honeybee pollen stimulates cell renewal. They say, “The rejuvenation of skin and body cells can be encouraged by the administration of the poly-vitamins, microelements, enzymes, hormones, and amino acids present m bee pollen. These nutrients are needed by the body to form new tissue.” These professors go on to praise the properties of bee pollen, calling them “vital to a form of internal and external rejuvenation at the cellular level.”
The science involving the study of Bee Pollen is known as Palynology.
Bee Pollen is one of the richest and purest natural foods ever discovered, and the incredible nutritional and medicinal value of pollen has been known for centuries.
Pollen grains contain the male germ cells (elements) that are produced by all plants, flowers or blossoms. This is essential in order to ensure that plant life throughout the world continues by a process involving fertilization and plant embryo formation.
One teaspoonful of pollen contains approximately 1,200 pellets or 2.5 billion grains, each of which has the capacity to supply those factors that are necessary in order to fertilize and reproduce the particular species that it represents (such as a fruit, grain or tree). Pollen is composed of myriads of microspores that are produced in the anthers of flowers and in the cones of conifers. Each grain measures approximately .002 inches in diameter (although the representative diameter is somewhere near one-half millimeter), and each bee-collected pellet contains approximately two million grains of pollen.
Pollination consists of the transfer of pollen from the anther of a stamen to the stigma of a pistil. This, in turn, produces a fertilization of the ovules in the ovary, which subsequently develops into the growth of seeds. A single spike of Ragweed or a single strobile of Pine may produce up to six million grains of pollen, and as many as four million grains may be found in a head of rye. Many plants are pollinated by wind, rain or water-currents, while colorfully attractive or scented flowers containing nectar are largely pollinated by insects (including flies, bees, wasps, butterflies, beetles and moths).
Pollen gathered by bees is superior to that obtained directly from flowering plants. The bees are extremely discriminate about selecting the best pollen from the millions of grains that are present. Of these, only two types are found, namely, anemophile pollen grains (which are not collected by bees, and produce allergic reactions) and entomophile pollen grains (which are collected by bees, and possess greater nutrient content). In actuality, entomophile pollen grains have been employed in the successful treatment of airborn pollen allergies. It is apparent that the bees only select those grains of pollen that are rich in all the nutrients, especially nitrogenous materials. The bees mix the pollen grains with a sticky substance that is secreted from their stomachs, which allows the pollen to adhere to their rear legs in “pollen baskets” in order to safely transport it to their hives.
Many other flowers are also pollinated by certain birds, such as sunbirds, honeycreepers, lorikeets and hummingbirds. Marsupials (such as honey “mice” and bats) will also pollinate certain flowering plants, and even snails have been observed transporting pollen.
Pollens are usually designated by their flower origin in order to establish certain preferences that are dependable. The color and shape usually indicates the species of plant from which it was obtained, as well as the specific geographical region. Although the color of pollen is normally unimportant, it will range from golden yellow to black according to its source. Pollen contains many varieties of pigments, of which only a small number have been isolated. Certain pigments are water-soluble, while others are fat-soluble. This accounts for the many varied colors of honey (including the ambers and greens), and the yellow of beeswax is a fat-soluble pigment.
Pollen contains the richest known source of vitamins, minerals, proteins amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats, as well as significant quantities of natural antibiotics. Most of the known vitamins in pollen exist in perfect proportion, which further enhances their value.
There exists anywhere from 5,000 to 9,000 micrograms of active carotenoids, which are converted into vitamin A in the body. The carotenoids are available in the pollen of insect-pollinated flowers, but are missing from wind-pollinated species. Carotenoids (Provitamin A) are present in the Lipochrome fraction (which are xanthophyll esters), and may range from 50 to 150 micrograms per gram. The pollens richest in carotene may contain 20 times as much as is present in an equivalent weight of carrots, thereby making pollen a good source of Provitamin A. The carotenoids are usually combined with the outer layer of the pollen grain (the sporonine), but some may also be bound to the protein of the pollen cell. In addition to the class of carotenoids, there is another group of pigments found in pollen, namely, the flavin pigments (flavones, flavonols). Furthermore, cytochromes also occur in pollen.
The following quantity of B-Complex vitamins are found in one gram (1,000 milligrams) of fresh raw pollen:
|Vitamin B1 (thiamine)||9.2 mg.|
|Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)||18.5 mg.|
|Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)||5.0 mg.|
|Nicotinic acid||200.0 mg.|
|Pantothenic acid||27.6 mg.|
|Folic acid||5.0 mg.|
These amounts should be increased by 20 to 25 percent for all varieties of dry pollen. All forms of bee pollen contain higher amounts of vitamins B1, B2 and E than found in fruits, berries and green vegetables.
One gram of fresh raw pollen contains from 7 to 15 mg. of vitamin C, along with traces of vitamin E (tocopherol).
Although vitamin K does not exist in mixed pollens, it is usually found in fermented pollen (bee bread). It is most likely created by bacteria that either accompany or assist in the fermentation process whenever pollen is stored in the cells of the combs. While ordinary pollen gradually deteriorates while in storage, bee bread closely resembles fresh pollen and retains its food value (even after more than two years).
Pollens usually contain as much as 17 milligrams of rutin, although beehive stored pollen may contain up to 13 percent. The richest supply of rutin is found in buckwheat pollen, due to the fact that rutin is derived from buckwheat. Daily consumption of from 60 to 70 grams of pollen is considered safe insofar as the intake of rutin is concerned.
Various other vitamins found in pollen include B5, B12, D, biotin, inositol and PABA.
The mineral content of bee pollen is as follows:
|Calcium||1 to 15% of ash
|Chlorine||1% of ash|
|Copper||.05 to .08% of ash|
|Iron||.01 to .3% of ash
|Magnesium||1 to 12% of ash
|Manganese||1.4% of ash|
|Phosphorus||1 to 20% of ash
|Potassium||20 to 45% of ash
|Silicon||2 to 10% of ash|
|Sulfur||1% of ash|
The total mineral ash in pollen may vary from 1 to 7 percent (with a mean average of 2.7 percent), which is similar to that of grains and certain seeds.
Bee pollen contains up to 59 different trace minerals, and all minerals found in pollen are present in a highly digestible form.
The protein content of pollen (including certain peptones and gloculins) ranges from 10 to 35 percent (according to its plant origin), with a mean average of 20 percent. Forty to fifty percent of this may be in the form of free amino acids. All pollens contain the exact same number of 22 amino acids, yet different species produce varying amounts. The amino acids found in whole dry pollen fluctuate between 10 and 13 percent (26.88% protein or albuminous substances). This equals from 5 to 7 times the amino acids found in equal weights of beef, milk, eggs or cheese.
The following are protein content comparisons between pollen and “complete protein foods” (100 grams edible portion):
The quantitative analysis of amino acids (per 100 parts of dry matter) is as follows:
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