I recently recieved the gift of Bee pollen.

So, a few weeks ago my Besty gave me the gift of a bag of bee pollen. I have a few recipes that call for bee pollen and was very grateful for this little treasure she had bestowed upon me.
She also gave me a leaflet that explains all of the uses for bee pollen and why we benefit from consuming it. I thought I might share this with all of you, as I found this information very interesting.

What is Honeybee pollen?
pollen is the male element if the flowers and is necessary for the fertilization of the plant and continuation of the species. The honeybee is responsible for much of the annual pollination of plants.
The honeybee fills her pollen baskets , one on each of her rear legs. Pollen is microscopically-fine dust and is mixed with honey by the bee for transport.

The pollen of 10,000 flowers.
The honeybee instinctively collects only the freshest and most potent pollen from those available. As there are numerous varieties of flowers in bloom at any given time, so the pollen collection varies with the season, resulting in all colours of pollen with differing and distinctive taste, some sweet and some bitter. although pollen is a food-not a drug-it should be eaten because it is good for you, not because it tastes good!

Bee Pollen Composite Analysis

Protein
Since the inborn instinct of the honeybee is to collect only the highest quality, most nutritious pollens, the protein content of bee collected pollen averages 20-25%. half are essential free amino acids.
isoleucine 4.5%          Leucine 6.7%                    Lysine 5.7%
Methionine 1.8%        Phenylalanine 3.9%       Threonine 4%
Tryptophan 1.3%       Valine 5.7%                       Arginine 4.7%
Cystine 0.6%                Glutamic Acid 0.1%       Histidine 1.5%

Vitamins
Pollen is reported to be the richest food source know in all vitamins.
Vitamin A Carotanoid 5-9 mg/Gram
Vitamin B1 Thiamine 9.2 mg/Gram
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin 18.5 mg/Gram
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid 20-50 mg/Gram
Vitamin B6 Pyridoine 5mg/Gram
Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid 7-15 mg/Gram
Folic Acid 3-8 mg/Gram
Rutin 16 mg/Gram
As well as Vitamin B12 Caynacobalamin, inositol, biotin, nicotinic acid.

Minerals and Trace Elements
All minerals have been found in pollen, plus vital trace elements, necessary for health. Mineral content averages 2.7% and includes:
Calcium 1-15% of Ash
Phosphorus 1-20% of Ash
Iron .01-13% of Ash
Copper .05-.08% of Ash
Potassium 20-40% of Ash
Magnesium 1-12% of Ash
Manganese 1.4% of Ash
Silica 2-10% of Ash
Sulfur 1% of Ash
As well as titanium, selenium, iodine, chlorine, boron, zinc, molybdenum, and sodium bicarbonate.

Health Benefits
Natural weight control
1oz of honeybee pollen 10-15 minutes before eating stabilizes faulty metabolism, often involved in unhealthy weight fluctuations. Rich in lecithin, pollen causes a speedy increase in calorie burning. Antiputrification effects benefit digestion.
Skin Restorative Power
Exhaustive studies abroad show honeybee pollen can improve unhealthy and again skin when taken internally. eliminates acne and clears unattractive age spots, plump wrinkles. Clear healthy skin comes from within.
Increases Recovery Power
A 2 year research program at the Pratt Institute in New York shows pollen improves the crucialrecovery power of athletes after stressed performance.

Anyways, I thought it was good info. And now I know exactly why eating Honeybee pollen is good for you. I like the way it taste, that is enough for me. The info is just the cherry on top!
Hope you enjoyed today’s tidbit. Much love from the homestead!

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