This incredible superfood is pollen from flowers, collected by bees, mixed with bee digestive enzymes, used to feed and nourish their young.
I have been sprinkling bee pollen on my porridge (sporadically) for years- my most recent jar of bee pollen was gifted to me by my lovely ballerina friend Helen Crawford, it was made near her Mother and Father's home in Spain.
''Bee pollen is one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods, with nearly all the nutrients required by humans. Not surprising that it has been used for energy and endurance since ancient times, with a single teaspoon full containing over 2.5 billion nutrient-packed flower pollen granules,” explains Susan Curtis, natural health director at Neal’s Yard Remedies.
"Bee Pollen is the richest source of vitamins in a single food," explains Curtis. "A nutrient powerhouse of eighteen vitamins including a B complex, all essential amino acids, fatty acids, RNA/DNA nucleic acids, lyocene, selenium, flavonoids, enzymes, and is at least 25% protein. Stimulating the growth and repair of the body including the blood, nervous and immune system."
Bee pollen has antibiotic, antiviral and analgesic properties, so a fantastic boost to your immune system during the colder months. It is also said to support your adrenal health, improve arthritis, combat auto-immune disorders, support healthy liver function, improve energy and focus, support digestive health, protect red and white blood cells from damage and has anti-allergenic properties.
How to use Bee Pollen:
Bee pollen comes in small, honey coloured crunchy granules and has a sweetish taste. It can be perfect in
- hot drinks
- topping on yoghurt
- mixed into little energy balls.
Try adding just a sprinkle at first as you get used to the taste, then you can eat 1-2 tsp per day to reap all pf the benefits from this delicious superfood!
Bee Pollen should be avoided by anyone with an allergy to honey or bees, medical attention should be sort immediately. If you are diabetic, consult your medical practitioner for advice before trying bee pollen.
I would love to know if bee pollen is something that you already have in you diet, and if so, how you like to consume it..... and if it's new to you, how do you like it?
Here is to being fit, string and healthy this autumn, together!!!
love, Rachael x