HAPPY SPRING, EVERYBODY! Spring time means seasonal allergies for many of us. Nature is (or will soon be) in bloom from the dead of winter and the environmental changes may cause us to physically react with symptoms like the sniffles and skin inflammation. Dear friend of mine and fellow all-natural product enthusiast, Mayli Apontti enlightens us with her experience in adding bee pollen to her meals that astonishingly aids her seasonal allergies.
Read what she has to share below.
Believe it or not—bee pollen is a natural food. I didn’t even know that people could consume bee pollen, and to be quite honest, I found the idea a little strange. But after doing some research, I was surprised to learn about some of its amazing benefits and how it is used worldwide as a holistic remedy, especially for allergies.
What is Bee Pollen?
Bee-gathered pollens are the primary food source of bees. It is important to recognize that one teaspoon dose of bee pollen takes one bee, working eight hours a day for one month, to gather. Bee keepers are able to safely extract bee pollens without harming bees, after which the pollens are quickly freeze dried in batches.
How Bee Pollen Helps Allergies and Other Health Benefits
Pollen is an immune system booster. It’s good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports the immune system. Additionally, it is rich in antimicrobial and antiviral properties, and other antioxidants, which help protect the body’s cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals. Researchers have referred to bee pollen as nature’s “superfood,” as it has been found to contain nearly all nutrients essential to human health, including proteins, vitamins, minerals, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids. The anti-inflammatory properties of bee pollen have been compared to those of drugs, like naproxen and indomethacin, and have been found to soothe irritations as well as skin redness. For this reason, it is also used to reduce inflammation.
In addition to an allergy remedy, pollen can boost your energy because of its super rich nutrient content which all contribute towards good stamina and vitality. Bee pollen contains enzymes that can also aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat. Finally, bee pollen can be used as a stress reliever. It aids in circulating blood to nervous tissue, boosting mental capacity and strengthening the nervous system that may be weakened by stress. Even small doses of bee pollen over an extended period of time can improve mood and physical endurance.
After taking bee pollen on a regular basis for one week, I was able to make a few observations. First and foremost, I started with one granule of bee pollen, adding a little more each day until I reached a teaspoon’s worth of pollen. Working up from one granule to a few granules each day was an important step, especially since I was introducing a new substance to my body. Additionally, it was important that I tested myself for any potential allergic reactions to the bee pollen.
Tasting bee pollen for the first time, I noticed that the texture was somewhat soft and chalky, and after letting it dissolve for a few seconds on my tongue, I found that it tasted just like honey. The pollens come in a variety of colors, from bright yellow to burnt orange, to black. While at first there weren’t any immediate effects, I gradually began to notice a few things.
As for health benefits, I noticed a few changes in my body:
- Within a few minutes of taking a teaspoon of bee pollen, I experience a slight shift in overall energy and even feel a little more alert. This is not the same level of alertness that can be experienced after drinking coffee, or other forms of caffeine. Rather, it is more subtle and the sensation gradually builds. Unlike the “high” that is experienced after taking coffee, there is also no sudden drop in energy.
- The second change I’ve noticed is that there has been less redness in my face. For the longest time, I had mild irritation on my cheeks, causing them to flush and even become bumpy. I’ve experienced less redness and irritation; however, there was still some patchiness on my skin. In the past few days since taking bee pollen, I’ve noticed that the redness has calmed down quite a bit. These changes in skin improvement and energy enhancement are the most noticeable effects that I’ve observed since taking bee pollen.
- Purchase bee pollen from a certified organic bee farm, like Y.S. Eco Bee Farms. Organic bee farms do not treat their products or their bees with any chemicals. They carry out best practices in order to ensure that bees are not harmed during the process.
- Opt for bee pollen that has been freeze-dried. Fresh bee pollen should have a distinct yellowish color (various shades) and the granules themselves should be soft and pliable. If the bee pollen has been pasteurized or has undergone any kind of high-heat temperature processing, this can lead to the deterioration of its rich nutrient content and enzymatic activity, thus leading to the loss of its nutritional value.
- Begin with one granule under the tongue. If you’re unsure whether you’re allergic to bee pollen, start by taking one bee pollen granule and letting it dissolve under your tongue. If you don’t experience any negative reactions or side effects, proceed to gradually building your intake—adding one granule a day.
- Take bee pollen with a meal. While it has been recommended to take bee pollen with fruit in order to activate its enzymatic properties, it is also fine to take it with a meal, either in the morning and/or at night. I personally like to sprinkle ½ a teaspoon in my cereal or yogurt in the morning. It is also okay to take it by itself provided you don’t experience any unusual side effects.
- Consume the amount that feels right to you. While several sources recommend taking up to one teaspoon of bee pollen, it is more important that you listen to your body and take the dosage that feels right for you. While some people may like to take only ¼ or ½ a teaspoon twice daily, others may like to take a few granules once a day. You should certainly not abuse the dosage, but rather, start slowly and build towards a consistent daily amount.
- Note down your own personal experience. When trying anything new, it is always a good idea to record your initial thoughts, observations and expectations. That way, you would be able to better explore and compare the “before” and “after” effects.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical practitioner. The information I provide is based on advice I’ve taken from research and friends and my personal experiences. Please use your discretion when taking any recommendations I make or discuss them with your doctor.
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YS Eco Bee Farms