There’s been a lot of buzz about bee pollen in recent years, but it has a long history of being used for its nutritional benefits in ancient Greece, Egypt, and China. In 1997, bee pollen was recognized as a medicine by the German Federal Board of Health. Now, the long list of benefits and uses seems to keep growing! Amino acids, vitamins, flavonoids, proteins and lipids are just of the few nutrients contributing to bee pollen’s health benefits.
Read on to learn why bee pollen is considered a top superfood by nutritionists.
When your body suspects a foreign invader, it triggers a defense system to fight off infection and illness. However, sometimes the body will alert this defense system even when there is no invader. This causes chronic inflammation which commonly affects people with arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
Studies have found that the flavonoid antioxidants in bee pollen help reduce inflammation in the body. One study published in 2010 by the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found bee pollen to increase “potent anti-inflammatory activity” in rats with paw edema and it could “be beneficial not only as a dietary supplement but also as a functional food.”
Full of Antioxidants
With an abundance of antioxidants, bee pollen also can benefit numerous other parts of the body and protect against diseases such as cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. One study of the enzymatic hydrolysates found in bee pollen increased antioxidant activity and high scavenging activities that reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Antioxidants are important defenses for our bodies fight off the damaging effects of free radicals which helps keep our skin, hair, nails, eyes, and hearts healthy as we age.
Our livers are the filtration systems of our bodies. The liver powers protein production, maintains healthy blood glucose levels, filters out toxins, and processes vitamins and nutrients so our bodies can properly absorb them. When the liver isn’t functioning correctly, this can lead to diseases such as cirrhosis, fatty liver, hepatitis infections, and hemochromatosis.
Since bee pollen has been used to treat a wide variety of problems like disease prevention for centuries, scientists became interested in its potential benefits to treat liver problems. One study in 2013 by the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal found that bee pollen protected “the hepatocytes from the oxidative stress and [promoted] the healing of the liver damage” in rats with carbon tetrachloride-induced liver damage. This demonstrates that bee pollen could be beneficial in preventing and treating liver problems.
The symptoms of menopause can range from uncomfortable to debilitating, but bee pollen is showing promising results as a natural aid to these common issues. One study in 2015 observed the alleviating effects of bee pollen on breast cancer patients who suffered greatly from these menopausal issues due to chemotherapy treatments. After receiving a bee pollen treatment, 70.9% of patients reported an improvement in menopause symptoms. In addition to these findings, the flavonoids in bee pollen have also been found to be beneficial to women in menopause who do not have breast cancer.
As you can see, this royal jelly is full of benefits! Bee pollen continues to be a studied natural alternative to other medications and a healthful supplement for the body. Packed with plenty of vitamins and antioxidants, bee pollen is good for the liver, heart, skin, and immune system. It has risen to superfood status and isn’t coming back down anytime soon.
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