The Buzz About Bee Pollen
Recently, bee pollen has gained traction in the health community because of its impressive catalog of benefits. A number of scientists have published studies on the supposed health benefits of bee pollen. These studies showed that bee pollen can:
work as an antioxidant
boost liver health
strengthen the immune system
work as a dietary supplement
ease symptoms of menopause
speed up healing
What is bee pollen? Bee pollen is a ball of pollen made by young bees when they land on a flower. It’s a mixture of pollen, saliva, and nectar or honey. Beekeepers collect pollen from bees by keeping a thick comb in the entrance of their hives. When bees pass through it, it knocks the pollen off their legs into a collection bin below.
Bee pollen contains a wide variety of antioxidants, which may protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals that are linked to chronic diseases, including cancer and type 2 diabetes. In fact, bee pollen is considered so beneficial that the German Federal Board of Health recognizes it as medicine!
It contains over 250 biologically active substances, including proteins, carbs, lipids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants.
Bee pollen in its natural form comes as small, crunchy pellets. One tablespoon of bee pollen contains:
0.24 grams of fat
1.2 grams of protein
2.18 grams of carbohydrates
250 types of nutrients, including vitamins and flavonoids
Bee pollen can be taken in capsule form, but can also be added to foods as a topping.
At the Old School Farm, our new menu features local bee pollen, which is proven to help fight seasonal allergies! To try this superfood addition, come try our Beet Salad and tell us what you think!