Pollen, a superfood, is the male element of the flower (the anthers), the equivalent of sperm in animals. When the pollen grains fall on the pistil (female organ of the flower), pollination occurs. It is collected by the bees and mixed by themselves with the nectar of the flowers and exudations of some plants.
It occurs in its natural state, without preservatives or dyes or any type of additive, just as bees give it to their young.
It should be kept covered, preferably in a cool and dry place. If it is fresh pollen, it should be kept frozen except for the pollen being consumed, which must be stored in the refrigerator.
Variety: Pollen grains change colour and flavour depending on the species of plant from which it has been extracted. The active ingredients of each grain will also be determined by their origin, so that the more colour the pollen has, the better. Depending on the season, the pollen balls will be of one species or another, as is logical, accompanying the different flowering seasons. Also, the collection area has some influence over it.
Use of pollen in natural medicine: It is said that it acts positively on the 9 systems of the organism (structural, digestive, circulatory, respiratory, urinary, glandular, nervous, epithelial, lymphatic), improves physical and intellectual performance, improves defences. It is used used in cases of convalescence of any kind, stomach problems, fertility problems, fatigue, hair loss, problems of poor concentration, problems of lack of appetite, depression, spring asthenia, to prevent allergies … In addition, it is an ideal dietary supplement in vegetarian diets.
Exceptional nutritional properties: Pollen has one of the most complete nutritional curricula among all foods. Although it is incredible, 100 grams of pollen contains the same proteins as 1/2 Kg of meat, mostly in the form of free amino acids, that is, easily assimilable. As if that were not enough, it contains several types of sugars, vitamins (A, D, E, C and all those from group B), minerals and trace elements, enzymes and antibiotic substances that increase its therapeutic power. Below, we give details of its properties.
Nutritional composition of pollen
1.6% Minerals (including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, silicon, and selenium)
0.6% Vitamins and water soluble acids (including B1, B2, B6 and C)
0.1% fat soluble vitamins (including vitamins A, E and D)
Properties of our pollen
Bee pollen is rich in all the nutrients necessary for people such as protein, fibre, sugars, minerals, vitamins A, D, E, C, B1, B2, B6, and a wide variety of enzymes. It is the only food that contains the 22 essential amino acids. In general, it provides greater resistance to diseases.
Some of the benefits of taking bee pollen that we would like to highlight are:
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE BEE POLLEN?
Without any doubt, we can consume bee pollen during the 365 days of the year, but it is true that there are certain times of the year where it is especially advisable to eat it. It is important to take it regularly so that the results are optimal.
It is advisable to eat pollen on a regular basis during the changes of season, such as in spring when we go from cold to hot or from hot to cold in autumn.
How to take bee pollen.
Pollen in the natural state is found in the form of grain. But if we take the bee pollen in grain directly, our digestive system would have difficulty digesting and assimilating it. In contrast, if we dissolve it in liquids, it rehydrates and dissolves easily. We also have pollen powder, which can be consumed directly without having to dissolve. In addition, we have fresh pollen, which preserves its properties much better than dry pollen (as it is usually marketed).
You can also grind it into powder and dissolve or mix with other foods such as juices, milk, tea, cereals, salads, yoghurt…
RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF BEE POLLEN
Pollen during pregnancy
Due to its great contribution of proteins that it offers us, it is highly recommended to take pollen during pregnancy. Especially during the last months of gestation.
As we have already mentioned, pollen also provides other substances that are very beneficial for mother and baby’s health, such as essential amino acids, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron and mineral salts.
Bee pollen for diabetics
Bee pollen has many benefits for diabetes. Containing vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin B helps to raise energy, counteracting fatigue caused by diabetes due to lack of insulin. In addition, it contains minerals, amino acids, proteins and other nutrients that can help control diabetes. Of course, if you take pollen, you should probably decrease the consumption of fructose to compensate for blood glucose.
As for possible contraindications for diabetics, unless you are intolerant to fructose, it does not have to be harmful. In any case, you should consult your doctor beforehand.
Bee pollen contraindications
It has only been shown that taking bee pollen can be contraindicative for people allergic to pollen.
So, before consuming it, you should carefully consider whether or not you are allergic to bee pollen. If you have never consumed pollen or simply do not know if you are allergic to it, you can try the following to get out of doubt.
Put one or two grains of pollen on your tongue and keep them there without swallowing for a few minutes. If after a while you do not notice anything unusual, you can chew the pimples and wait a little longer to see if your body experiences any type of reaction such as watery eyes, sneezing, swelling of the mouth, lips or tongue.
If after chewing on the pollen grains and holding them in your mouth for a few minutes, you haven't experienced any of these symptoms, it could almost certainly tell you that you are not allergic to bee pollen. Still, as a precaution, wait at least 24 hours before starting to consume more.