Bee Pollen

When compared to any other food, bee pollen contains a higher percentage of all necessary nutrients. It is approximately 25% complete protein containing at least 18 amino acids ¬– thus exceeding the amounts found in meat, eggs and cheese. Protein is indispensable for the growth, development and repair of virtually all the tissues in our body, meaning that bee pollen is particularly desirable amongst vegetarians, who may not be obtaining enough protein through their diets. Considered to be the most complete source of vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen is an appetizing natural supplement that significantly improves nutrient intake. Our granules can be enjoyed on their own, or may be added to yoghurt and cereals as a healthy snack.

Health Benefits

In addition, bee pollen provides a full spectrum of vitamins, mineral and enzymes that help to generate optimal health and a strong immune system. According to a study on the elderly people living in the Caucasus mountains of Soviet Georgia, bee pollen was revealed as the main reason for the unusual abundance of centenarians in the region. All of the 200 people over the age of 125 were regular consumers of the bee pollen in raw honey, underscoring its potential for a prolonged and healthy life. It is perhaps then no surprise that bee pollen is also a first-rate provider of antioxidants that protect the body’s cells by neutralizing the effect of damaging free radicals.

Clinically, bee pollen has been proved to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy due to its reported role in increasing the level of antibody production in the body. Further scientific studies at Stanford Research Institute also found that bee pollen protected mice against x-ray treatment and prevented them from developing cancerous tumours.

Bee pollen’s other listed health benefits include: enhanced physical performance, improved skin texture, alleviated menopause symptoms and a speedy recovery post illness. Rutine – a substance also found in bee pollen – is best known as a remedy for varicose veins. It helps to reduce deposits that collect in our blood vessels and, in the process, enables more oxygen to reach our brain and the cells in our body.

While certain studies have shown bee pollen to be effective at treating seasonal allergies, care should be taken when first trying the product as in rare circumstances it may actually trigger a more serious allergic reaction. Bee pollen supplements should be avoided by those allergic to bee stings, honey and other bee products.

History

The historical use of honey bee produce may be traced back to ancient times; both the Bible and the Koran refer to it as a promoter of health and long-lasting youth, while Hippocrates, the Greek Physician and father of medicine, extolled its many healing virtues.

Bee Label

One of the oldest-known honey products is bee pollen – blended pollen grain that is collected by the female worker bee from a wide variety of plants. The pollen from flowers stick to the bee’s hind legs and is then mixed with nectar and salivary substances to form a pellet which is carried back to the hive as the bees’ main food supply. Since bees usually harvest more pollen than a colony needs, bee-keepers have devised special screens to scrape off surplus pollen as the bees enter the hive.

Our bee pollen is produced in Spain from multiple wild flowers including Cistus, Lavandula Stoechas and Genista. Spanish bee pollen is considered to be the best in the world, not only due to its sweet taste, fresh aroma and beautiful golden colour, but also for its outstanding nutritional value.

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Bee pollen consists of the male reproductive parts of seed plants, so it is a very concentrated source of nutrients. One pollen granule can contain up to 5 million pollen spores, each capable of reproducing its entire species. It is therefore said that bee pollen is one of the most nutritionally complete foods we can eat, particularly due to its high protein content. Bees know to collect pollen that is rich in nitrogenous matter (amino acids used for protein-building) and ignore the ones that are poorer in quality. This natural selection performed by the bees ensures that the bee pollen we consume is a superior source of dietary essentials.

The medicinal use of bee products (or apitherapy) has gained increasing recognition in present-day studies and literature. Research continues to investigate their anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer applications, while bee pollen as a natural, daily food supplement is appreciated worldwide.

Processing

Our pollen is the result of careful and natural beekeeping that is considerate of the bees, the environment and the overall excellence of the final product. It is usually harvested between April and May after the rainy period has ended and before the start of summer when the bees finish collecting pollen. A net or thin mesh is placed on the main entrance of the beehives, so that when the bee enters the largest pollen pellets fall off and are gathered in a collection box. This process takes place only 3-4 days of the week, and for no longer than 4-5 weeks, ensuring that the bees have a sufficient amount of pollen for their own nourishment.

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The collected pollen is then directly transported to a processing centre where it is heated in special air dryers that remove most of its moisture content at a temperature no higher than 45ºC. This drying process guarantees the product a longer shelf life, without diminishing any of its nutritional value. Harsh processing methods such as steralisation or irradiation are avoided so as not to alter the complex composition of the pollen.

The pollen is carefully cleaned and passed through different-sized sieves, allowing any foreign particles to be eliminated. It then travels on a conveyer belt on which individual granules undergo the meticulous inspection and approval of expert staff. Our supplier takes great pride in the quality of their bee products and allocates an identification number per lot and beekeeper. This way they are easily able to trace the origin of each product and evaluate them effectively.

Finally, the pollen is packed in cardboard boxes within a hermetically sealed polybag and stored in a cool, dry place. Every measure is taken to ensure the final bee pollen arrives with us in the very best condition.

Recommended Dosage: 10-15g per day

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