I've been using bee pollen for ever - My mom would give me a tablespoon of it every morning and say it "has all the nutrients a human being needs", and it's true. Bee Pollen is literally THE most natural supplement you can buy. Just one spoonful is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids, fatty acids, amino acids, enzymes, bioflavanoids & more... It contains more proteins & amino acids than any other animal sources.
Soooo what is Bee Pollen & How much should you eat?
Bee Pollen is the food of young bees; It takes a bee eight hours a day for an entire month to gather one teaspoon of bee pollen!
I advise my clients to start by taking 1 teaspoon of bee pollen a day, and to gradually increase to a 1or 2 tablespoons.
How should you eat it?
Bee Pollen is especially beneficial when eaten with fresh fruits - the fruit fibers will actually enhance the absorption & activity of the pollen in your body. The fruit + pollen combo also promotes a light detoxification of your intestinal system (aka making you poop!) It has a nice crunch to it so I like to sprinkle it on top of smoothies/smoothie bowls, or mix it in with fruit- based chia puddings. If you're on the go, you can also just take it by the spoonful with a glass of water or juice.
What are the REAL TIME benefits of Bee Pollen, you ask?
DIGESTION: Bee Pollen contains digestive enzymes to help your body break down food & maximize the amount of nutrients you absorb. It also promotes a light detoxification of your intestinal system, especially when eaten with fresh fruits (aka it makes you poop!)
ENERGY: Because bee pollen provides such a wide range of nutrients, it serves as fuel for the body and provides you with a noticeable, natural energy boost. The carbohydrates, B vitamins & proteins help combat fatigue!
SKIN: Bee Pollen is a natural anti-aging supplement; Because it's full of vitamins and minerals, it helps to keep your skin glowing & youthful - Specifically, it stimulates blood supply to your skin cells, meaning they re-generate faster (natural healing!) to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and irritations. The anti-inflammatory properties of Bee Pollen also make it useful as a natural skin-soother - You can actually use it as a topical treatment for irritations (i.e. eczema). TIP: try mixing it with honey & cinnamon as a natural brightening face mask!
IMMUNE BOOSTER: Bee Pollen supports our intestinal flora (healthy gut bacteria), which play a massive role in our immunity. The anti-oxidant properties also protect our cells against free-radical damage & oxidative stress.
RESPIRATION: Bee Pollen contains a LOT of antioxidants that reduce inflammation & protect your respiratory system from oxidative stress. For people with asthma or other respiratory conditions, it can be particularly helpful. Also great as a preventative if you're prone to respiratory issues!