Health from the hive
A single granule of pollen is far too small to be seen by the naked eye. Yet this tiny dynamo is capable of producing new life in the form of the flower, fruit, or tree. Spread by bees or the four winds, this microscopic substance carries all the energy needed for the growth of a plant. A human being would have to labor many hours to collect a thimble full of the ultra fine powder. But a hive of bees can collect up to sixty pound of it each spring. These magnificent workers extract pollen by brushing flowers with their hairy legs. Grains taken from each flower are mixed with a bit of nectar, formed into a tiny ball, and carried back to the hive where they serve as food for the developing larvae. For centuries, pollen has been esteemed as a valuable nutrient in many corners of the world Both the Egyptians and the Chinese make use of it as food stuff and a medicine. Athletes of ancient Greece and Rome consumed it in quantity to increase stamina and prolong the years of youthful vigor. Norse mythology tells us of the magical food responsible for the immortality of the gods. Their daily cuisine? Ambrosia, a mixture of honey and beebread (pollen). Devotees have voiced grand claims for this abundant food and call it a promoter of youth, an energizer, and a builder of disease resistance. Only in fairly recent times have these claims been put to the test. In the 1940’s Dr. Nicolai Tsitsin, biologist and botanist, conducted longevity studies in the former Soviet Union. A region known as the Caucasus boasts an unusually high number of centenarians (people who have reached the age of 100 years or more). Tsitsin wrote to 200 of them and asked each to disclose his or her exact age, occupation, and principle food. One Hundred and fifty replied and many individuals reported that they were bee keepers by trade and all listed their main food source to be honey. Further investigation turned up an even more significant discovery. Dr Tsitsin found that, for economic reasons these bee keepers sold the “pure” honey gathered from their hives. What they saved far themselves was the waste matter that collected on the bottom. Most of this residue was composed of pollen that had fallen from the bees legs. It is this factor that Dr. Tsitsin held responsible for the extraordinary longevity of his test subjects. Subsequent studies were conducted by Dr. Emil Chauvin of the institute for bee culture in Burres-sur-Yevene, France. Test mice were fed pollen, exclusively for a period of two years. The animals experienced no harmful side effects from their new diet. In fact, they demonstrated greater energy and an increased rate of reproduction. Another group was feed a normal diet supplement with pollen and fared better then the third group who had no pollen at all. Dr Chauvin also gave pollen supplements to a test group of children and adults. He found this addition to their diets extremely beneficial in cases of colic, constipation, and diarrhea. It also proved helpful to anemic children by producing a rapid increase in red blood cells. In ailing individuals it seemed to help the recovery process. It is Chauvin’s belief that beebread or pollen has a natural antibiotic action and can regulate intestinal functions while destroying harmful microbes in the digestive tract. Like yogurt, it encourages the propagation of obliging “flora”. Pollen is also believed to contain a growth producing factor valuable in the treatment of sickly, underweight children. Studies conducted at Geneva’s Bonny labs have shown this remarkable foodstuff provides virtually every nutritive element essential to life. No other edible can begin to compare. In fact, French agriculturist, Alan Caillas, has reported that thirty five grams can satisfy the average individual’s nutritional needs for one day. Extensive analysis has indicated that pollen is a storehouse of protein, vitamins, and minerals. It is a super source of the entire b complex chain and also contains notable amounts of vitamin A, C, D, and E. About 35% of its content is protein, half of which is in the form of readily assimilated free amino acids. 40% is comprised of various types of natural sugar. 5% is fats, 3% is minerals and mineral carrying elements, and 3 to 4% is moisture. The remaining material is comprised of trace elements such as folic acids and biotin. Numerous studies have pointed to pollen as a treatment for nervous and endocrinological illness. It has been found to increase the apatite of the sick and debilitated and to improve the overall functioning of the healthy. Pollen is an absolute necessity in the hive. A lack of it will cause the queen to stop reproducing and the workers to stop producing honeycomb. without a sufficient supply, the colony dies. What exactly is bee pollen? Pollen is the male element of the flowers and is necessary for the fertilization of the plant and the continuation of the species. The honey bee is directly responsible for over 80% of all vital pollenization. How is pollen collected? The honeybee fills her pollen basket, one on each rear leg, with these golden grains on every trip back and forth to the hive. Pollen is microscopically fine dust and is mixed with nectar by the bee for transport. The bee passes through a series of screens in the pollen trap as she enters the hive, resulting in approx. 60% of the pollen being brushed into the pollen drawer for the bee keeper to harvest. The honey bee instinctively collects only the freshest and most potent pollen from sources that are available. As there are numerous types of flowers in bloom at any given time, the pollen collection varies with the season resulting in all colors of pollen with differing and distinctive tastes. What’s in it for you? A lot of things actually. The first and most important thing is that pollen gives you all of the vital nutrients that are available in even the very best multi-vitamin, naturally. It has also been shown to increase red blood cell formation, improve unhealthy or aging skin, improve recovery time, and yes even improve sexual stamina. With the recommended daily dose being I level teaspoon, why haven’t you tried bee pollen yet? There are 22 basic elements in the human body- Enzymes, Hormones, Vitamins, Amino acids, among others. All of which must be renewed by nutrient intake. No one food contains the all except Bee Pollen!
Bee Pollen Composite Analysis:
Glutamic acid .1%
A (carotenoid) 5-9 mg. Per gram
B1 (thiamine) 9.2 mg per gram
B2 (riboflavin) 18.5 mg per gram
B3 (niacin) 20-50 mg per grain
B5 (pantothenic acid) 20-50 mg per gram
B6 (pyridoxine) 5 mg per gram
C (ascorbic acid) 7-IS mg per gram
Folic acid 3-8 mg per gram
B 12 (cyanocobalamin)
Take 1 level teaspoon or two capsules before 12 noon daily.