I was just sitting down to write a post about my favourite superfood of the moment, bee pollen, when I came across an awesome article that had already been written about it, on Food Matters by The Fresh Network. I love putting bee pollen in my smoothies, I sprinkle it on my sprouted, dehydrated apple cinnamon granola, it goes into my desserts and don’t tell anyone, but I’ve even been known to just eat it by the spoonful out of the jar! It is a true superfood and one that is a staple in my diet!
From Food Matters: “Bee pollen is a holistic remedy used throughout the world. Unfortunately the vast amount of uses that pollen can be used for are often overlooked.
What is Pollen?
Bee Pollen is made by honeybees, and is the food of the young bee. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins (approximately 40% protein), free amino acids, vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid.
Bee pollen is a complete food and contains many elements that products of animal origin do not possess. Bee pollen is more rich in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.
It is important to recognize that a one teaspoon dose of pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather. Each bee pollen pellet, contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens MD, has listed bee pollen as one of his 22 most recommended food energies. Bee Pollen can be used medicinally for a wide range of conditions from prostate health to skin conditions and can help correct specific nutritional imbalances within the body.
Here are just 10 great reasons to add fresh bee pollen to your daily diet… although there are many more!” Read the 10 reasons here: http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/10-amazing-health-benefits-of-bee-pollen
Do you use bee pollen as one of your regular superfoods? What is your favourite way to eat it?