Bee pollen is touted to be a super food.
Did you know it's been shown to improve energy levels and prevent allergies? No wonder bee pollen is all the buzz…
So, what is Bee pollen?
Bee pollen is what bees use to produce bee bread. Bees mix pollen with bee saliva to make it.
Research shows that there are about 250 substances in bee pollen.
Fresh bee pollens are high in proteins, amino acids, lipids, minerals, carbohydrates, and vitamins. All of those nutrients help improve energy levels.
Benefits of bee pollen
- Better energy levels
- Reduces seasonal allergies
- Relieves inflammation
- Boosts immune health
- Acts as a natural antibiotic
Does Bee pollen help with weight loss?
It's low in calories and dense in nutrients. Bee pollen can indeed be a tool to improve your body weight.
Yet, there are no studies on bee pollen's effect on weight loss.
A 2014 study on rats is the closest link that we have with bee pollen's effect on body weight. This study found that bee pollen improved muscle mass along with increased body metabolism.
For effective and sustained weight loss, it is necessary to improve your muscle mass. The higher the muscle mass, the better your ability to burn more calories even at a resting state.
More muscle mass helps in keeping a healthy weight in the long run.
So yes, bee pollen can help you as a tool for weight loss.
How to get more bee pollen in your system?
If you're allergic to honey or bee products, bee pollen is not for you. Always start with a small amount of bee pollen to see if you develop allergy or reactions.
If you don't develop any reactions within 24 hours, it's safe to increase the quantity.
A quarter teaspoon is a good starting point, but don't take any more than 2 teaspoons per day.
Tips for choosing bee pollen
1. Choose raw bee pollen: While choosing bee pollens always look for raw ones. They're more valuable than the commercialized ones. Most bee pollen on the market is either capsules or tablets. The processing involves a lot of heat and light, which destroy its nutritional qualities.
2. Know your source: Always find out the source of your bee pollen. Some manufacturers combine imported low grade varieties with high quality local bee pollen. With such products you'll end up paying a premium price for poor quality. Look for the product label to get this information.
3. Buy Local: Your local bee keeper can be your best bet for getting high quality bee pollen. You can find one at a farmer's market and they'll be happy to tell you how they collect the bee pollen.
Storing and Use of Bee Pollen
Always refrigerate immediately after you buy the bee pollen. Exposure to sunlight and heat can destroy valuable nutrients. Bee pollen is good in a lot of raw foods and cooked recipes.
Here are 4 delicious ways to enjoy it:
1. As a topping for breakfast cereal or yogurt
2. In salad dressing
3. Sprinkle on toast smeared with spread
4. In smoothies
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