Dawn Bradley

Bee pollen: A natural energy boost

Are you in need of an energy boost first thing in the morning, or mid-afternoon? Well, bee pollen might help. It certainly puts a spring in my step!
I was introduced to bee pollen by one of my lovely clients, and when I looked up the health benefits I was genuinely amazed. I eat a tablespoon of bee pollen every morning, about half an hour before I exercise; and I find it gives me an energy boost for my run or high intensity workout. In fact my first meal of the day is not until at least midday, and sometimes as late as 3pm. Exercising on an empty stomach enables your body to burn stored fat as fuel, and eating a spoonful of bee pollen won’t stop that process. In fact it’s thought to stimulate the metabolic processes.  

Complete Nutrition

Bee pollen contains all the essential components of life. The percentage of rejuvenating elements in bee pollen remarkably exceeds those present in brewer’s yeast and wheat germ. Bee pollen corrects the deficient or unbalanced nutritioncommon in the customs of our present-day civilization of consuming incomplete foods, often with added chemical ingredients, which expose us to physiological problems as various as they are numerous. Pollen is considered an energy and nutritive tonic in Chinese medicine. Cultures throughout the world use it in a surprising number of applications:
Improving endurance and vitality Extending longevity Aiding recovery from chronic illness
Adding weight during convalescence Reducing cravings and addictions Regulating the intestines
Building new blood Preventing infectious diseases such as the cold and flu (it has antibiotic type properties) Helping overcome retardation and other developmental problems in children
  Pollen is also thought to protect against radiation and to have anti-cancer qualities. Nutrient deficiencies and all the health problems they cause are recognized worldwide as a growing problem. Because bee pollen contains all the nutrients needed to sustain life, it is being used on an ever-larger scale for human nourishment and health. Science teaches that bee pollen contains many substances that combine to make it a healthy, nutritious, complete food. There are numerous reports from medical experience that conclusively show the benefits of bee pollen exceed that of a simple food item. And the bees do most of the work. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins, free amino acids, and vitamins, including B-complex and folic acid. According to researchers at the Institute of Apiculture, Taranov, Russia:
“Honeybee pollen is the richest source of vitamins found in Nature in a single food. Even if bee pollen had none of its other vital ingredients, its content of rutin alone would justify taking at least a teaspoon daily, if for no other reason than strengthening the capillaries. Pollen is extremely rich in rutin and may have the highest content of any source, plus it provides a high content of the nucleics RNA [ribonucleic acid] and DNA [deoxyribonucleic acid].”
Bee pollen is a complete food and contains many elements that products of animal origin do not possess. Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. Bee pollen is particularly concentrated in all elements necessary for life.
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