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If I Could Only Take One Superfood Supplement It Would Be…

by Mark Ament on 09/12/2009

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Over the past 10 years, I’ve tried a wide variety of superfood supplements.  Here’s a quick list off the top of my head:

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Acai berries, Alfalfa, Aloe vera juice, Barley grass,  Blue-green algae, Cacao beans, Camu Camu berries, Chlorella, Coconut oil, Flax seeds and oil, Garlic, Goji berries, Hemp seeds, Honey, Maca, Mangosteen, Sea vegetables, Spirulina, Wheat grass

I’ve enjoyed experimenting with all of them and still include many in my lifestyle.
But if worse came to worse and there was only one superfood supplement that I could continue eating, I have no doubt what it would be:  bee pollen.  Here’s why:

Bee pollen is considered to contain all the major building blocks of life and by weight is therefore the most nourishing food we can consume.    It contains all of the following:

  • Vitamins: A, B-1, B-3, B-5, B-6, B-12, C, and D and E
  • Protein: Up to 40%
  • Trace Elements: At least 25 trace elements, including all essential elements
  • Essential fatty acids: 14 of them including omega 3 and omega 6
  • 11 active enzymes or co-enzymes
  • Rich amounts of carotenoids, bioflavonoids & phytoestrogens
  • 11 carbohydrates, 28 minerals, 18 Amino acids

The powerhouse nutritional density of bee pollen makes it an ideal daily supplement to boost healthy and vitality.   Bee pollen can also compensate for common nutrient deficiencies and the imbalances

related to them.    Various research and testimonial evidence has shown bee pollen to be effective in:

  • Increasing oxygenation of the blood and relieving anemia
  • Stimulating the growth of cells – great for kids and adults
  • Inhibiting the growth of various kinds of bacteria
  • Improving intestinal function by stimulating the production of gastric acids and providing fiber
  • Normalizing cholesterol levels
  • Reducing and sometimes eliminating tumors and cancers
  • Stimulating ovulation and increasing fertility
  • Eliminating or reducing allergies
  • Increasing strength and endurance
  • Stabilizing the metabolism and helping to maintain ideal weight
  • Reducing acne
  • Increasing longevity through a high level of antioxidants
  • Improving memory, mental function and even IQ
  • Stimulating the immune system
  • Counteracting the effects of radiation (ex. After a cancer treatment)

Tips on choosing bee pollen:

Choosing bee pollen carefully  is important because not all forms of bee pollen that are sold will give you results.  First, make sure that you’re getting actual bee pollen and not human harvested pollen.

bee-pollenSecond, make sure the pollen has been dried at low temperatures (notabove 43 C or 115 F).  This preserves the nutrients.  Third, ask where the pollen comes from.   Ideally, consume pollens that come from natural areas where bees forage on wild flowers.  Fourth, make sure to ask how the bees are treated and that they are left with at least 50% of their harvest of honey and pollen.   Finally, I highly recommend the use of whole unprocessed bee pollen over pre-made capsules or pollen enhanced products.

How to use bee pollen:

Because it’s such an nutritionally rich food, start slowly if you’re a beginner.  Just use a few granules at a time at first.  A very small number of people have allergies to bee pollen.  If you are one of these you’ll most likely notice it the first time you take it.   Over time you can increase the dosage of pollen to 1-2 heaping teaspoons daily (even more if you like).  My feeling is that it’s better to take some everyday over a longer period of time than to take a bunch all at once.

To use it you can simply snack it from the jar or mix it with food, juices or smoothies.  Most bee pollen tastes slightly sweet and pleasant.

Remember to store your bee pollen in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to preserve it’s nutritional potency.

Finally, keep in mind that it takes 1 bee about 30 days, working 8 hours per day, to collect and create 1 teaspoon of pollen.  So take a moment to say thanks.

Interesting bee pollen facts:

  • Each bee pollen pellet, contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.
  • Bee pollen can’t be synthesized in a laboratory. When researchers take away a bee’s pollen-filled comb and feed her manmade pollen, the bee dies even though all the known nutrients are present in the lab-produced synthesized food.
  • Beekeeping is the profession with the longest lived people.
  • In Norse mythology, the secret of the eternal life of the gods was thought to be a magical substance called “ambrosia,” which was a combination of raw honey and bee pollen.
  • Bee pollen was reserved for Olympic athletes in Greece to increase their performance

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

tempehcarrie December 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm

HI Mark,

thanks for this very interesting and informative article. I live in Bali and the only bee pollen I can find is called “Borneo Bee Pollen” — perhaps you know the product? Does this meet your bee pollen requirements?

cheers
carrie

Betsy September 8, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I Live in Michigan can you recommend a brand of Bee Pollen?

thank you

Mark Ament September 11, 2010 at 11:47 am

Hi Betsy,

What you really want to do is look for a local bee keeper and ask him or her. The reason for this is that local bee pollen will generally help your health more than one that is imported. This is because local pollen comes from the plants that are native to your area. These plants are survivors specifically in the conditions in which you also live.

To find a local bee keeper, just type in “bee keeper your town” and see what comes back. I’m sure Michigan even has a bee keeper’s association. Hope that helps!

Mark

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