Have You Heard About Bee Pollen for Weight Loss?
Bee pollen contains a surprising amount of nutrients that the human body actually requires for normal function. It provides natural allergy relief and offers many of the same benefits that one can derive from raw honey.
Bee pollen contains enzymes, carotenoids, fatty acids, proteins, minerals, vitamins and bioflavonoids which make it a natural antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial agent which strengthens capillaries, boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation and naturally lowers cholesterol levels.There has been a lot of talk about bee pollen for weight loss, and that is something that deserves some discussion.
Fun Facts About Bee Pollen
• Bee pollen contains more protein than can be derived from any animal source
• It has more amino acids than the same amount of beef or eggs
• A single bee colony can produce between one and seven kilos of pollen annually• The amount of pollen that one colony collects daily is between 50 and 250 grams
• Pollen is gathered through the use of pollen "traps" where bees have to move through special traps to get to the hive and lose a portion of their basket;
• Bee pollen is made up of 26% sugar, 30% digestible carbs, 23% protein, 5% lipids, 2% phenolic compounds, 0.1% fat soluble vitamins, 0.6% water soluble vitamins.
Bee Pollen for Weight Loss
Bee pollen is effective for weight loss because it is a natural anti-inflammatory. The anti-inflammatory effects of bee pollen are similar to commercial drugs such as phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, and Analgin. Research has shown that it might even be effective in many chronic inflammatory conditions including liver disease.
Bee pollen can assist with the regulation of hormones and can even increase metabolism through the dissolution of fat cells contained in the body. An ounce of bee pollen contains only 90 calories. This is not a miracle weight loss product and, in fact, many “pills” and “powders” have been recalled off the market because they are not safe, having been shipped from overseas and containing many ingredients that have been banned by the FDA.
How To Source and Use Bee Pollen
It is very important to purchase bee pollen from a reliable and reputable source. It should be free of pesticides and from bee colonies that are not chemically treated. A good place to find it is in health food stores and local farmer’s markets. You can purchase it in powder form and mix it in with food such as cottage cheese or yogurt. If you are fighting some type of virus or bacterial infection, you can take a teaspoon of bee pollen up to three times daily.
Bee pollen granules are another format that you can purchase. These can be added to baking, yogurt, cereal, smoothies or even sprinkled over a salad. If you add the pollen grains into warm water for up to three hours, they will split and release their nutritional content. You can also do this with a variety of other liquids so that you can access the best benefits of the pollen.
Are There any Side Effects?
You can take bee pollen orally for between 30 and 60 days, depending on the amount that you are taking. The concerns that most people have are around allergic reactions, especially if you have an allergy to pollen. If you feel short of breath, light-headed or notice itching or swelling after you take a bee pollen supplement, then you should stop taking it right away and talk to your doctor.
The low-calorie content of bee pollen makes it perfect for low-calorie diets. It has a slightly crunchy texture which means you can use it instead of higher calorie toppings on cereal and yogurt. This natural fiber source can also promote weight loss because it helps you to feel full and avoid eating more than you should.
- Have you tried bee pollen?
- What are your thoughts on this incredible and natural product?
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