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raw pollenPollen is the male portion of the flower. Since bee pollen is the male reproductive part of plants, it is a very concentrated source of nutrients. The bees pack the particles of pollen onto a special part of their leg to bring back to the hive. The beekeeper places a trap in the beehive that causes the bees to drop some of the packed ball of pollen into a container that is removed daily. The bees use this nutritious product for the development and growth of the young bees. A chemical analysis of bee pollen reveals that it contains every nutrient required to sustain life. Some people. Both young and old, eat pollen for the high concentration of the nutrients that it contains.

Bee pollen is up to 40 percent protein, with a complete spectrum of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Bees are known to recognize and select pollens, which are rich in nitrogenous matter (amino acids), leaving poorer quality proteins behind. Bee pollen contains every vitamin known including folic acid, which cannot be artificially supplicated. Pollen contains numerous active enzymes and coenzymes. Linoleic acid is the only fatty acid essential for human nutrition that cannot be manufactured by the human body. Bee pollen contains linoleic acid in relative abundance. Not only does bee pollen contain a complete complement of nutrients, its glucoside content helps to transport these nutrients into the bloodstream.

The nutritive, detoxifying and healing properties of bee pollen have been appreciated for many years. Pollen is uniformly rich in carotenoids, bioflavonoids, and phytostreols. The bioflavonoids are the major reason for pollen’s many health benefits. Bioflavonoids are a major class of phytochemicals that are widely distributed in food and medicinal plants. Many are powerful antioxidants. Bioflavonoids lower cholesterol, stabilize and strength capillaries, reduce inflammation, quell free radicals, and are anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-carcinogenic.

Bee pollen cannot be reproduced in the laboratory. Its chemical makeup is so complex that synthesizing it artificially has eluded the best modern technology.

Elkins, Rita, “Healing From The Hive-Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis, and Honey”, (available from JBC)
Schecter, Steve, N.D., “About Bee Pollen”
Somerville, Douglas C., “Nutritional Value of Bee Collected Pollens”, NSW Agriculture, RIRDC Publication, May 2001
Pitchford, P. (1993). Healing with Whole Foods. Page 111. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA.

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