Superfood Spotlight: Bee Pollen
What You should Know: We’re all familiar with the glories of sticky and sweet honey, no small thanks to a bear named Pooh. But if you’ve never tried bee pollen, now’s the time to familiarize yourself with this other amazing food produced from the hives of bees. Collected and revered by many cultures throughout history, bee pollen is considered a powerful longevity-boosting, anti-aging superfood. Pollen is a complex and nutrition-dense food that supports vibrant health – especially for vegetarians. Honey and pollen, however, are not considered vegan foods by most. There has been some controversy as to whether those with allergies should avoid bee pollen as it may trigger allergic reactions. Many natural health experts actually advocate small doses of bee pollen or honey to help the body build resistance to small doses of plant allergens.
Why you should use it: Bee pollen contains all 8 essential amino acids, which is why it makes such an ideal supplement for vegetarians, replenishing what is normally only supplied by meat and dairy. Amino acids can also satiate food cravings and help with weight loss. Rich in over 12 vitamins, almost 30 minerals and a whole range of enzymes and co-enzymes, pollen sparks many of the body’s vital functions, boosting digestion, immunity and hormone levels. One common use for bee pollen is as a stimulant – bee pollen can give a strong pop of energy for mid-day slumps because of it’s high levels of B vitamins.
Let’s Get together: Bee pollen makes the perfect addition to your morning smoothie or juice. Simply stir in a teaspoon or two for an instant pick-me-up. Some consider bee pollen to be nature’s perfect food. By adding a scoop of this superfood into your morning ritual, you’re providing yourself with a head start on the nutrition you need throughout your day.
We recommend Honey Pacifica Raw Coastal Bee Pollen. Not only is this pollen raw and unadulterated, but somehow pollen harvested along the coastline has a more light and delicious flavor to get your energy boost on!