Superfood Spotlight: Bee Pollen

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Superfood Spotlight: Bee Pollen

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Have you tried bee pollen? Have you even heard about it? When I first started this healthy lifestyle journey, I was very surprised to find out that bee pollen is very good for you. I was reading a clean eating book, and the author put bee pollen on her oatmeal. I remember thinking, “Why on earth would you do that???” And as someone who suffers from allergies (pollen, not bees), I didn’t really want to go anywhere near the stuff. Well, it turns out that bee pollen has a lot of benefits.

What is bee pollen?

First of all, you may be wondering what exactly bee pollen is. According to Dr. Mercola, “Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. It contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.”

Why is bee pollen considered a superfood?

While not all studies agree, there have many many reports of the benefits of taking bee pollen as a supplement. It really doesn’t smell very much, or have much of a taste, but it is nutritionally dense and low in calories. It is considered a superfood because it contains the essential parts of life, lots of protein, all 21 amino acids, and vitamins and minerals (like magnesium, calcium, selenium and many others), and helps correct nutritional deficiencies that many of us have due to lack of whole foods and chemical ingredients.

Studies say that it can help improve seasonal allergies (if taken before the allergy season starts and throughout…best on a daily basis), infertility, depression, weight loss, acne, and even some cancer treatments. It can be considered an antioxidant and fights aging and helps strengthen your immune system.

How do I incorporate bee pollen into my health routine?

I add it to my green smoothies when I make them. You can also sprinkle bee pollen over oatmeal (this is how I started out using it, but I no longer eat oatmeal), or take a spoonful with some natural honey. It can also be a topping for various recipes, since there really isn’t much flavor. I like this recipe for butternut squash with a bee pollen topping. In addition, you can always take it in a capsule like a regular supplement. I haven’t tried it that way, but lots of people prefer that to having to find recipes to make and include it.

Where do I get it, and what should I look for?

I was introduced to the benefits of bee pollen from a book called The Eat Clean Diet Recharged  by Tosca Reno. This was one of the first books that started me on my healthy lifestyle journey. I have since refined my views and don’t subscribe to everything in the book, trying to limit grains and I don’t eat 6 meals a day, but it definitely works for the author and changed my view of eating.

I purchased the bee pollen I got from Amazon. You can also use bee pollen capsules (I have not tried those, but it may be easier for some, especially if you don’t like smoothies). It lasts a long time. When I need to refill my stash, I am going to use some from Thrive Market to save some money. Here are the links:

Amazon: Bee Pollen
Amazon: Bee Pollen Capsules
Thrive Market: Bee Pollen
Thrive Market: Bee Pollen Capsules

Have you tried bee pollen? What did you think?

Jen

 

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