You’re probably aware that honey is good for you, but did you know that bee pollen also has multiple health benefits when taken as a natural supplement? Here, we outline five of the best.
What is bee pollen?
Bee pollen is a mixture of nectar, flower pollen, enzymes, and honey, all of which collect on the hind legs of worker bees. This mix is then packed into honeycomb cells and undergoes fermentation to make the superfood that you’d recognise sprinkled over smoothies.
What are bee pollen’s benefits?
1) Relieving inflammation
Because bee pollen contains multiple vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it has significant anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities. The antioxidant quercetin lowers the production of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, and bee pollen may also inhibit the activity of enzymes that contribute to bodily inflammation.
2) High antioxidant content
Bee pollen is bursting with antioxidants, which protect your body from free radicals, the damage from which has been linked to diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes. Bee pollen could therefore help to reduce chronic inflammation, fight infections, and eliminate harmful bacteria.
3) Easing symptoms of menopause and PMS
One study has indicated that 65% of women experienced fewer hot flashes and other health improvements when they took a pollen supplement. Other research has also indicated that bee pollen can help reduce PMS symptoms, particularly when taken alongside royal jelly and pistil extract.
4) Lowers cholesterol and high blood lipids
High cholesterol and high blood lipids are linked to increased risk of heart disease; bee pollen may lower these risk factors. Animal studies have shown bee pollen extracts lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and prevents lipids from oxidising, a process that restricts blood vessels and raises heart disease risk.
5) Boosting liver function
Your liver breaks down and removes toxins; a study found that bee pollen helps it heal following damage. Bee pollen has also been found to safeguard the liver against toxic substances, including drug overdose.
Why not order some bee pollen from Papy’s Honey today? Our honeybees gather their pollen from natural ecological fields, so you can be sure it’s free of additives and toxic substances.