Do you know that the bees cannot only produce honey or propolis? One of the products that also belong to them is considered their pollen (ambrosia). In fact, the bee pollen is a pollen load, which the bees carry with them to the shelter in a special baskets, located on the hind legs. In the beehive, this pollen load is rammed into the honeycombs, and then, sealed with the honey.
After that, deprived of air access, this pollen load under the influence of humidity and high temperature is germinated and subjected to the fermentation, as a result of which the bee pollen is formed. As a matter of fact, it is a protein feed, necessary for the bees' larvaes. However, the same pollen is a valuable component for the human organism. In this article, we will try to discuss the useful properties of bee pollen and how it can be used in certain situations.
Useful Ingredients of Bee Pollen
Unfortunately, the exact biochemical composition of bee pollen cannot be given because it depends on many factors − the kind of plants and flowers from which the bees make a fence of pollen, the bees themselves and their region of habitation. However, on the whole, the stable components can be distinguished in the composition, among them the monosaccharides, sixteen amino acids, including the glutamine amino acid and the leucine, the alanine, the glycine, the lysine and the methionine. Also, the bee pollen contains the fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, the carotenoids and the vitamins E, C and D, a group of vitamins B.
The bee pollen is not devoid the micro elements − potassium, phosphorus, manganese, ferrum and copper, etc. In the composition, there are the organic acids and other useful substances. This composition forms the basis of the use of bee pollen, so further, we will consider we will consider, than the product is useful.
Useful Properties of Bee Pollen
The product, in fact, is useful not less than the honey or the propolis. Thus, the bee pollen helps restore the balance of intestinal microflora, improve the condition of mucosa and improve the functioning of gastrointestinal tract. The bee pollen effectively increases appetite, restores the liver function, helps accelerate the excretion of toxins from the organism. Also, the bee pollen improves the bile secretion, for which it is useful to use in the disorders of liver.
The bee product improves the blood circulation, significantly improves the hemopoietic function, and also helps reduce the cholesterol in the blood. The bee pollen increases the hemoglobin, thereby strengthening the immunity, and also helps improve the rheological properties of blood. It positively affects the heart and the whole circulatory system.
Thanks to the use of bee pollen, the resistance of organism to the bacterial and the viral infections significantly increases. The same can we say about the resistance to the external factors (air pollution, sharp climate change, etc.).
The bee pollen is a product of bees, which has a general strengthening effect and contributes to the restoration of the energy resources of human body. It significantly reduces the risk of developing diseases and increases the effectiveness of treatment:
• food poisonings and other types of intoxication;
• atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, myocardial dystrophy, arterial hypertension, thrombosis, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins;
• hepatitis, cholelithiasis, cholecystitis, gastritis, colitis, enteritis, enterocolitis;
• prostate adenoma, prostatitis, male infertility and other diseases of the male genitourinary system;
• iron deficiency anemia, leukemia;
• vegetative-vascular dystonia, diseases of the nervous and endocrine systems;
• respiratory diseases: acute respiratory infections (including those caused by the influenza virus), pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, bronchitis, tonsillitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, etc.;
• dermatological diseases (psoriasis, neurodermatitis, eczema, etc.);
• kidney disease;
• diseases of the organs of vision;
• diseases of the female sexual sphere.
It also prevents and delays the inflammatory processes, improves the regeneration of cells and tissues, and also has an anti-stress effect on the body. The bee pollen is useful in improving the physical and mental performance, thanks to the natural antidepressants, the zinc and the vitamin B6.
It improves the work of adrenal glands, helps restore the hormonal balance and increase the potency in men. Also, the bee pollen positively affects the endocrine system organs, greatly improves the blood supply and is beneficial for the male and female reproductive organs. Among other things, it slows the premature aging and positively affects the skin condition.
Application and Consumption of Bee Pollen
The average single dose of bee pollen for an adult is a half of teaspoon (the daily dose for adults is not more than one oz), for children 0.3 to 0.25 teaspoons (or 70-100 mg per two lbs of body weight). The bee pollen is recommended to be consumed two-three times a day for half an hour before meals (it should be kept under the tongue until the complete resorption, without washing down with water).
A recommended duration of treatment and prophylaxis of bee pollen is three-four weeks, the break between the courses is ten days.