250 Reasons to Binge on Bee Pollen

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Bee pollen keeps someone ageless—which is proven by our boss whose youthful athletic appearance at the grandma-to-be age exudes immortality and brings out guilt in us, mere carbs bingers. We tasked one of our editors to bring answers and figure out what the heck it is about.

We were recently introduced to bee pollen by the request of our editor in chief, who had run out and sent staff on the errand. They bought Greenbow organic bee pollen, and seeing the chief using it, began asking questions.

Bee pollen contains 250 healthy substances including amino acids, lipids (triglycerides, phospholipids), vitamins, macro- and micronutrients and flavonoids.

“Bee pollen is a raw material from which bees produce bee bread,” says Katarzyna Komosinska-Vassev who coauthors in Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. “They collect pollen from plant anthers, mix it with a small dose of the secretion from salivary glands or nectar and place it in specific baskets (corbiculae), which are situated on the tibia of their hind legs. These are called pollen loads. The field bees collect and transport the bee pollen to the hive. In the hive, the collected pollen, dampened with saliva and fragmented by flightless bees, is packed in honeycomb cells.“

“Next, the surface of the collected pollen is covered with a thin layer of honey and wax. The substance which has been created is bee bread which undergoes anaerobic fermentation and is preserved thanks to the arising lactic acid. Bee bread constitutes the basic protein source for the bee colony. Moreover, it is also the source of nutritional and mineral substances for royal jelly produced by worker bees.”

“Pollen contains 22.7% of protein on average, including 10.4% of essential amino acids such as methionine, lysine, threonine, histidine, leucine, isoleucine, valine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan. These protein elements are life essential and the organism cannot synthesize them by itself. Moreover, in the pollen, there are significant amounts of nucleic acids, especially ribonucleic ones.” The presence or ribonucleic acids *RNA) appeals to the idea of like and like; we ingest RNA in pollen for its genetic influences. After all, pollen is the source of the royal jelly for the queen.

According to the article, “The wide-ranging and well-documented studies on animals also unambiguously showed detoxifying action of pollen. Lab rats were poisoned with organic solvents such as carbon tetrachloride and trichlorethylene, as well as ethionine and ammonium fluoride, both causing a deep damage of liver cells, and galactosamine, which imitate the changes of viral hepatitis, ethanol, and allyl alcohol, which induce steatosis and cirrhosis, and with drugs: paracetamol and hydrocortisone. Under their influence, very high levels of enzymes such as alanine and aspartate transaminase, acid phosphatase, and bilirubin were assayed [27]. Pollen lowered the level of these substances in the blood serum even to physiological values, which proves the therapeutic properties of this product in reference to liver tissue. However, when it was administered with toxic substances, it protected liver cells from their harmful effect, which indicates, in turn, its ability to prevent toxication. In the detoxifying process, an important role is played by polyphenols, mainly flavonoids and phenolic acids.”

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