Pollen has been used for centuries to treat various ailments. Due to its nutritious nature, bee pollen has been called the perfect food. Bee pollen contains protein, carbohydrates, trace elements, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes. Science does not yet understand everything about pollen, but many who use it are convinced of its "superfood" qualities. Two things are certain, though: people have used bee pollen for centuries, and bees need it to live.
Pollen is claimed to have anti-aging abilities. People taking pollen for aging purposes say that they have an increase in energy, stamina and younger looking skin and hair. Science has not proven these claims to be fact.
Pollen does boost the immune system, which could mean users are not as prone to certain illnesses. Bee pollen contains the antioxidants quercetin, myricetin, trans-cinnamic acid and rutin; these compounds remove LDL (bad cholesterol) from the bloodstream as well as aiding the liver in detoxifying.
Pollen has been used for centuries to increase energy. It is taken in either its pure form or mixed with various other extracts and herbs. Pollen is rich in amino acids, B-5 vitamins and glutamic acid, all of which contribute to energy levels.
Weight Loss and Beauty
According to the author Royden Brown, pollen can be used to stabilize weight and help its users lose weight. Dermatologist Lars-Erik Essen, M.D. claims that pollen prevents premature aging by preventing dehydration, encouraging new cell growth, smoothing wrinkles and increasing blood supply to skin cells.
Professor Nicolai Vasilevich Tsitsin, a geriatrician and biologist stated that beekeepers native to the Russian state of Georgia are reported to have lived for over one hundred years. A main staple in their daily diet was raw honey. Raw honey is honey that is unprocessed and still contains pollen particles.
Possible Side Effects of Pollen Use
As with all medications and foods, some people may experience adverse reactions to pollen. Allergic reactions especially in those prone to pollen allergies is been reported. Additional possible side effects include upset stomach, vomiting, breathing problems as well as tightening of the throat and chest.