Besides collecting nectar from flowers, bees select only those pollens that contain the greatest amounts of protein and other nutrients. The bees mix them with nectar and some of the bees own secretions, and take them to their hives. Bees use pollen as food.
Bee pollen is the only food on Earth contianing all 22 nutrients needed by mankind for complete health. Bee pollen contains much more protein per ounce than any other natural food. It also contains a wide variety of other nutrients.
Bee pollen seems to supply something that some unhealthy, stressed and aging people lack and need. It has been known to help retard hardening of arteries, to strengthen the circulatory system, and to combat the symptoms of illness and allergies. It is believed to help in regulating the function of the endocrine system, and when eaten after meals it is believed to aid in digestion. It also stops some women’s menstrual cramps.
Bee pollen is believed to reduce stress and to increase alertness and stamina. Olympic and other athletes use pollen as a low-calorie protein source and also as a quick, yet sustained source of energy.
Applied to the skin, bee pollen is believed to help heal wounds and acne.
A very few people are allergic to bee pollen, therefore it is suggested that people start taking small amounts of bee pollen, and gradually increase the amount until they are taking two or more teaspoons daily. If allergic symptoms occur, temporarily decrease the amount taken. Soon the symptoms will disappear.
Bee pollen looks like tiny yellow, tan, orange and brown balls. It varies in taste depending on the plants from which it comes. Our pollen has a slightly sweet and nut-like flavor. It can be eaten alone or mixed with any cold food or thick, cold beverage.