What is bee pollen?

Bee Pollen…..tiny micro-granules of pollen from flowers and plants are carefully compacted together with either plant nectar or bee saliva. It is then transported back to the hive where it is formed into bee bread to feed the colony.  The fact that pollen played such a distinct role in bee and hive health, caught the attention of researchers over a decade ago.

Health benefits of pollen have been proven and many medical practitioners are recommending its addition to the diet.  Rather than repeat research results verbatim in this blog, we are attaching a link to the National Library of Medicine with an article on bee pollen, which I think you will find fascinating.  While a bit on the technical side in places, this article is convincing.  We highly suggest reading it HERE

In short, Bee pollen is an apitherapeutic.  That is a product that works as an anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, hepato-protective, anti-cancer, immuno-stimulating, and local analgesic.  Sounds too good to be true?  Well, it isn’t!

Why I use bee pollen

Personally, I noticed a big change in my energy level once I began consuming pollen.  I had gone to a Rheumatologist because the pain was throughout my body and starting to impact my daily routine. I did not have rheumatoid, but she confirmed osteo-arthritis in most of my major joints.  She prescribed medication that included having liver tests to be sure it wasn’t harming my liver. over time.  I did not want to take a pharmaceutical that had that caveat attached. I have a spinal fusion and a complete knee replacement as well. I did not want pain in those regions so I had to find another answer. That’s when I learned about pollen from our friends at GM Bee Farm. Christina, the owner let me taste some pollen on the tip of a spoon dipped in honey.  It tasted GOOD!  A sweet, nutty flavor….not what I expected.  So I purchased some and started a daily routine.

We have very busy days on the farm and the mornings were bringing stiffness and discomfort.  I felt like the tin-man from the Wizard of Oz who needed his oil can to move.  If you know this type of stiffness, you know it is depressing. Pain is wearing and tiring. But it wasn’t long before my arthritis did not feel quite so angry in the morning.  Over time, getting up and getting moving was so much easier. I started feeling more energetic all through the day and I wasn’t exhausted when I headed back to the farm from the store at the end of the day.

I could not attribute feeling different to anything else.  I was not taking analgesics or pain pills, not even a multi-vitamin.  However,  I got busy and fell out of the routine of taking it.  The entire body malaise started to return.  I returned to the pollen and the energy returned.  At this point, I started researching pollen in earnest.  I went on to find other research that supported pollen lowering cholesterol, preventing artery blockages, improving brain function and memory, helping liver function, and a boost to energy and metabolism. I have not had a headache, a cold, the flu or even the sniffles.  I am looking forward to my lab test the next time I have a physical.

Try bee pollen

Add pollen to your diet by sprinkling it on salads, adding to smoothies or as a topping for vegetables.  Another way is more direct by taking a small amount of pollen and sprinkling it with honey.  Dip a small spoon in honey and then dip in the pollen. This is personally, my favorite way and am addicted to the flavor!  I liked it in the beginning, I love the flavor now.  Earthy, nutty….natural.

So my results, motivated adding the product to our website.  Three sizes are available, but if you have never tried it, I suggest the small size to start combined with letting your doctor know you are using it.   We can say no to pharmaceuticals, but if we employ natural remedies, our physician should be in the loop.

How much should you take?  One teaspoon or less per day to start is my suggestion! Let nature work for you.

Note: Pollen should NOT be consumed by people with bee sting allergies, as it may cause symptoms such as itching, shortness of breath, or anaphylaxis. Pregnant and lactating women not enough evidence or research exists to prove it is safe for babies.