For years, herbalists from all over the world have touted bee pollen as an exceptionally nutritious food. It contains vitamins, minerals, lipids, carbohydrates, and protein. It comes directly from the pollen that collects on the bodies of bees, indicating that it could also include bee saliva.
It’s important not to confuse bee pollen with natural honey, honeycomb, bee venom, or royal jelly since they do not contain bee pollen, although there are combination products that include one or more of these substances. It is one of nature’s perfect superfoods. Bees fly from flower to flower collecting pollen to bring back to the hive where they create the granules. Similar to how honey is harvested, no bees are harmed in the process of collecting bee pollen.
How does bee pollen help allergies?
According to Medical News Today, “Allergies are hypersensitive responses from the immune system to substances that either enter or come into contact with the body. A substance that causes an allergic reaction is called an allergen. Allergens can be found in food, drinks, or the environment.”
An allergy persists when your body develops an immune response to an allergen, thus, creating antibodies. These antibodies act as a receptor-activating element on your cells that trigger the release of histamine, which results in an allergic reaction. Bee pollen reduces histamine, which is the same target over-the-counter medications act on. It can be highly effective in treating a wide range of respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic sinus infections.
When should I take it?
If you suffer from spring allergies, it’s best to start consuming bee pollen before the season arrives. If you have fall allergies, on the other hand, start in mid to late June to give your body enough time to build up an immune response.
How do I take it?
It’s crucial to start gradually with half a tablespoon a day, working your way up to 1-3 tablespoons by the end of four weeks. If you prefer, you can also add a spoonful of bee pollen to morning smoothies and cereals. It’s also best to consume with fruit since the fibers in the plant will activate the pollen much faster, cleansing your colon simultaneously. Gut and immune health are closely connected in regards to the severity of allergies.
What if I’m allergic to bee pollen?
If you have a terrible history of hay fever that could heighten your sensitivity to pollen; try this simple test. Place a few granules in your mouth and wait for approximately two minutes. If you experience no symptoms (a runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes), chew slowly and then swallow. Wait for another 24 hours and monitor your body for any symptoms or signs of an allergic reaction. If you don’t experience any, gradually increase your intake as stated above.
How do I choose the best kind?
Make a habit out of buying local products to ensure that you’re building up an immunity to the plants around your area. You can ask your local farmer, or look for a label that states it is mold and pesticide free.
While bee pollen does come in pill, powder, and liquid form, it is still best to consume the actual granule bees make. The granules have a sweeter taste combined with a powdery texture that can be easily incorporated in smoothies, sprinkled on yogurt, or combined with granola.
Consult your doctor before starting new medication
If you are highly allergic to bee stings, it is recommended to avoid bee pollen altogether. If not, take an added precautionary step by checking with your doctor before consuming any natural product for a health condition.