Bee pollen is plant pollen carried by bees to the hive where it is gathered by placing brushes at the hive's entrance knocking the pollen off the bees as they enter.Bee pollen consists of plant pollens collected by worker bees combined with plant nectar and bee saliva. The material is compacted into pellets, which are used as food for drone bees. Pollen consists of the male germ seeds of plants, flowers or blossoms on trees. As plants flower, pollen is transferred from the anther of a stamen to the stigma of a pistil; on reaching the ovary it brings about fertilization of the ovules and the growth of seeds. Flowers are mainly pollinated by insects, such as beetles, butterflies and bees. Bee pollen is comprised of proteins (about 25-30%), carbohydrates (about 30-55%), lipids (about 1-20%), minerals, vitamins and trace amounts of other organic substances.
Bee pollen is full of calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, riboflavin, thiamin and vitamins A, B6, C, D, E, and K. All these vitamins and minerals have a therapeutic effect on the body and improves general health. Bee pollen is known promote the metabolism and healthy cell growth. Because of the effect bee pollen has on the metabolism it is prescribed by herbalists to help increase the appetite.
Bee pollen contains phytochemicals and nutrients. These substances can strengthen health and prevent illness. Bee pollen’s primary action is providing nourishment and strengthening the immune system. Bee pollen influences the body by its antibiotic, nutritive, stress-reducing effects. It is known as a potent bactericide and may increase the body's resistance to infection. There are many different forms of bee pollen that are available to promote a healthy body. Bee pollen can be found in a powdered form, granules, tablets or capsules. There are several ways to prepare raw bee pollen that can be taken as syrup on a daily basis, or made into a wash for acne and athletes foot.
Bee pollen is very good for the elderly and people under stress; this mixture if taking daily will help improve the functions of daily life. To prepare take one-half pound liquid acacia honey, two ounces bee pollen, two ounces of brewers yeast and two-third ounce of royal jelly. Mix all these ingredients and heat over medium heat for ten minutes then let cool and pour in container with tightly closed lid. Take one tablespoon of this mixture once per day.
Bee pollen's diuretic properties make it beneficial as a weight-loss supplement. It helps regulate your weight by reducing hunger and cravings. Bee pollen is considered to be a true gift from Mother Nature. When bees gather pollen from the anthers of flowering plants, the pollen mixes with the nectar forming yellow crystals on the bees' legs, creating a fantastic nutritional supplement. Bee pollen has been used to build up the immune system to to fight colds and to counteract depression. Bee pollen has also been used internally to increase antiallergenic properties to enhance the immune system against allergies to pollen.