Superfood Friday

Bee Pollen

The newest addition to my morning oatmeal has been bee pollen! These colorful, soft, fragrant granules have been a wonderful surprise for me to discover. Bee Pollen is a holistic remedy used throughout the word however the uses and benefits are often overlooked and ignored. Which I feel is such a shame; these little beauties are powerful suckers. Bee Pollen is not the same as allergy causing pollen which is dry and carried easily by the wind but is actually proven to help treat allergies! The pollen is the male seed of a flower blossom which is collected by honey bees and mixed with the bee’s digestive enzymes. Rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, carotenoids and bioflavonoids, scientists rave about this as being super nutritious and a perfect food. Pollen is also the only plant source that contains vitamin B12! Here are some of my favorite benefits :

+ Enhances our Energy – The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins help us to keep going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.

+ Soothes our Skin – Used in topical products bee pollen can help to treat common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema and even acne. The amino acids and vitamins help to protect our skin and aid the regeneration of our cells.

+ Treats our Allergies – Studies have been done to show that 94 percent of patients that ate bee pollen were completely free from allergy symptoms. This included asthma, allergies and sinus problems.

+ Aids our Digestive System – The enzymes in bee pollen assist our body in getting all the nutrients we need from the food that we eat.

+ Immune System Booster – Bee pollen is great for our intestinal flora which supports our immune system. Bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that may help protect the body from contracting viruses!

+ Treats Cravings – Used holistically bee pollen is used to heal cravings. Bee pollen contains natural Phenylalanine which acts as appetite suppressants, along with Lecithin which helps to dissolve and flush fat from our bodies which is not only cleansing but a great detoxification for us.

+ Fertility Booster – Bee pollen restores and stimulates ovarian function, and can therefore be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. It is also well known as being a hormonal booster which is a wonderful aphrodisiac!

+ Building Blocks – Fresh bee pollen contains at least 22 amino acids which are the building blocks of protein needed to build every single cell in our body! Just 100 g of bee pollen contains as much protein as 1.5 kg of beef or 7 eggs!

Not sure how to use it? How about in your smoothie, sprinkled on pancakes, waffles or granola, you can even top off some raw brownies with a few granules, or how about rolled into an energy bliss ball? There are endless possibilities, just explore and enjoy : )

Smoothie with Bee Pollen

Happy Friday! xox