Hi, and welcome to my health and weight loss website, Weight Loss Pro. Today’s hot topic is Power Pollen and all its great health properties. Let’s see what all the buzz is about!
Bee pollen is a health food that’s been around for centuries in Eastern cultures, but just recently started to appear in Western health stores and online. There’s been a lot of buzz (pun intended) about the health benefits of these tiny golden granules-from aiding in weight loss to helping with seasonal allergies-but is there any real truth behind them?
What Is Bee Pollen?
Bee Pollen, is a plant pollen that’s picked up by honey bees and brought back to the hive to be packed and used as a food source for the colony. As it turns out, the characteristics and nutrition of bee pollen depend on the plant from which it was gathered.
People typically take a bee pollen supplement, or sprinkle a tablespoon over their oatmeal or acai bowl. Bee pollen is made up of carbs, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. A tablespoon of bee pollen has around 40 calories, 7g of carbs (including 4g of natural sugars), and 1g of fiber. Plus bee pollen can have over two grams of protein per tablespoon-more protein than the same amount of chicken or beef!
A single teaspoon [of bee pollen] contains over 2.5 billion nutrient-packed flower pollen granules. Bee Pollen is the richest source of vitamins in a single food. A nutrient powerhouse of 18 vitamins including a B complex, all essential amino acids, RNA/DNA nucleic acids, enzymes, and is at least 25% protein.
Bee Pollen may have lots of good-for-you compounds, but does that translate to being part of a healthy diet? Let’s find out.
Power Pollen Health Benefits
- More Sustained energy.
- Support for your body’s natural immunity.
- Increased mental alertness.
- Better quality sleep.
- Support for your digestion.
- Improvement in the condition of hair, skin and nails.
- Overall increase in your health and wellbeing.
- Great sex drive.
- A boost of confidence.
- Increases your endurance.
- Believed to increase fertility.
Studies show that malnourished animals who ate a diet rich in bee pollen had an increased body weight and muscle mass. So if you’re trying to shed fat and gain muscle, should you sprinkle some bee pollen on top of your smoothie bowl? Well, not necessarily.
Here’s the thing-bee pollen may have earned a false reputation for aiding in weight loss because one type of bee pollen supplement did help users quickly lose weight. This particular supplement come from China and was laced with an illegal weight-loss drug, Sibutramine, and had dangerous side effects (like increased risk of heart attack or stoke).
While bee pollen may not necessarily help you lose weight, it certainly has some other interesting health benefits.
One study found that bee pollen has anti-inflammatory properties comparable to over-the-counter medication. Additional studies have shown that bee pollen may help soothe burn wounds, relieve menopause symptoms, and even decrease multiple sclerosis symptoms in patients.
Potent anti-inflammatory effects of bee pollen stem from its high content of flavonoids and other polyphenols. In different animal experiments, it was able to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Even though plant pollen is a well-known allergen, traditional medical uses of bee pollen include allergy prevention. So far, this use is based on anecdotal evidence and limited preclinical research.
Bee pollen reduced allergic response, dropped lgE levels, and protected the lungs in mouse models of allergy. It was able to prevent the activation of mast cells, which is the cornerstone of an allergic reaction.
Flavonoids such as myricetin are praised for their anti-allergic properties and are likely responsible for the observed effects. However, people prone to allergies should be extremely cautious with bee pollen. Always see you doctor before taking bee pollen.
Bee pollen provided robust antioxidant protection in different animal modules of liver injury from:
- Bacterial infection
- Chemical poisoning
- Alcohol consumption
- Heavy metal poisoning
- Unhealthy diet
These findings look promising and call for further investigation of liver-protective effects in humans.
Bee pollen has plenty of health benefits that could definitely be beneficial for you. Bee pollen contains many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making it incredibly healthy.
Studies have linked bee pollen and its compounds to health benefits such as decreased inflammation, as well as improved immunity, menopausal symptoms and wound healing.
Bee pollen is a great addition to your diet. But before purchasing this great product, please see your doctor first. Do you have any great stories about your experiences with bee pollen? please leave a comment. Thank You.
Shawn Founder of Weight Loss Pro