Simple Suggestions on How to Consume Bee Pollen, World's Most Beneficial Natural Nutritional Supplement
Bee pollen is the pollen specially tasked pollen-collecting bees find in especially nutritious flowers. Not always the same flowers that bees visit for nectar, the flowers produce grains of pollen far in excess of their needs for making seeds. The kinds of plants bees visit to collect pollen are not the plants that produce wind-borne pollen that causes allergies. Bees collect pollen at the plant, not in the wind.
Bees collect this protein-rich, vitamin-rich source of natural essential fatty acids back to the hive for food. When beekeepers come to share the honey, they also collect some of the pollen. The pollen is then processed for use in human and animal nutrition.
If there is any one word most people use to describe eating raw bee pollen, it's "chewy." It's generally a mistake to try to chew bee pollen too thoroughly. The outside of the pollen grains is coated with various flower scents that taste good.
The inside of the pollen grain is usually bitter. This is only to be expected. After all, the plant didn't intend for you to be eating the pollen. The purpose of the pollen from the point of view of a plant (if a plant can have a point of view) is to make seeds. Bitter tastes discourage over-consumption. Just chew minimally and let your digestive tract dissolve the pollen once it goes down.
A little bit of bee pollen adds an interesting herbal taste to fruit juice and smoothies. Up to about 2 teaspoons (15 g) in 2 cups (500) of drink is usually OK. More than that gives the whole drink an odd taste.a
You wouldn't want to add too much spirulina or whey powder or lemon zest, either. Bee pollen is a very potent food. You don't have to eat lots of it to get a definite protein boost.
If you are taking bee pollen to fight allergies, be sure that you also take vitamin C, up to 1000 mg of vitamin C every day. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. The quercetin in bee pollen complements the action of vitamin C in stabilizing the linings of your nose and throat. (More about bee pollen for allergies)
In fact, back in the 1930's this bee pollen compound, which is also found in many fruits and vegetables, was known as vitamin P, and recognized as an essential co-factor for vitamin C. The combination of bee pollen and vitamin C will give you maximum protection against wind-borne allergies and also the protection you need against any allergies you may have to the bee pollen itself.
Raw bee pollen has to be refrigerated. Don't use granulated bee pollen that has been sitting on a shelf in the heat and light for weeks or months. Certain other bee pollen products, however, last longer and don't require refrigeration. Some key suggestions on how to consume bee pollen include:
- Bee pollen wafers help the pollen go down easy with a nice, leathery candy with a chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, kiwi, or orange taste. You don't have to keep bee pollen wafers under refrigeration.
- Bee pollen sports bars also maintain most of the goodness of bee pollen (some of the antioxidant power is lost during baking) for up to a year. The problem is that you will only get about 1 grams (1/8 of a teaspoon) of bee pollen in a whole bar.
- Bee pollen pills keep for up to 2 years and bee pollen capsules keep for up to 3 years. Because the pollen is released only when the pill or capsule is dissolved in the stomach, there is no risk of any kind of nose and throat allergy. You get maximum nutritional benefit from these long-lasting products.
If you are taking bee pollen to deal with allergies, take a little propolis, too. The combination of natural antihistamines and antioxidants in the two products is often a lot more effective than allergy shots (and I write as someone who also had years of allergy shots).
Just remember to be generous with yourself when you take bee pollen. Unlike many other nutritional supplements, bee pollen really is a product for which more is better. You will get more health benefits and greater nutrition by taking up to 2 or 3 tablespoons of bee pollen each and every day.