The beneficial properties of bee pollen are known to many people. This is a unique natural product that has many positive effects. But not everyone is aware of this. Some people spend large sums on vitamins, immunomodulators and dietary supplements when they can all be replaced with bee pollen.
What is bee pollen
Bee pollen is small grains that are covered with a shell. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. It all depends on the type of plant from which it is collected. Another name is bee colony.
It is the product of the labor of many insects that pollinate plants. But the biggest role is played by bees. These workers collect granular pollen on their little bodies. Insects secrete a secret with the salivary glands, thanks to which they process it. In the future, it is moistened with nectar and small baskets are made.
The resulting lumps of bees are located in the area of the paws. This is where the name "obnozhki" comes from. After that, the insect flies into the hive, where it leaves pollen. Making its way into the cells, it falls on a specially installed pollen-collecting grid. This is how people get the bee pollen.
The insect flies out to collect up to 50 times per day. This is enough to collect pollen from 600 flowers. To get 1 kg of pollen, a bee needs to make 50,000 flights.
The beneficial properties of bee pollen are determined by its rich chemical composition. It contains the following vitamins:
- group B.
In addition to vitamins, pollen is rich in minerals:
Important! All of the above elements are necessary for the normal functioning of all organs and systems in the human body.
Why bee pollen is useful
From the list above, it becomes clear how many beneficial properties bee pollen has. Each vitamin or mineral has a specific function in the body, regulating the functioning of a particular organ system.
Vitamin A is beneficial for eyesight, bones, and skin. With a lack of this substance, a person's vision deteriorates (especially at night), which is called night blindness. The quality of the skin and hair deteriorates. Consuming 10 g of useful bee pollen per day, a person receives a daily dose of vitamin A.
Vitamin B1 is essential for the normal metabolism of nutrients in the body. With a sufficient amount of it, there are no problems in the work of the stomach, heart and blood vessels.
Due to the presence of vitamin B3, bee pollen benefits the bloodstream. With its regular use, the level of cholesterol and lipoproteins decreases, which increase the risk of developing atherosclerosis. Due to the presence of vitamin B2, bee pollen is recommended for people with impaired nervous system function.
Vitamin B5 is also required by the nervous system. In addition, it helps to strengthen the immune system and increase the body's resistance to pathogenic microbes. Due to the presence of vitamin B9, bee pollen has a beneficial effect on the bone marrow - the main hematopoietic organ of the body.
Vitamin C is very important for the body, the content of which is very high in the pollen. Due to its expense, the product brings great benefits to the connective tissue, contributing to the formation of collagen. Pollen strengthens teeth, hair, nails.
Due to the presence of vitamins E, P, H, PP, K, bee pollen has the following beneficial properties:
- increases the level of red blood cells and hemoglobin in the blood;
- increases the amount of protein in the body;
- strengthens muscle tissue;
- increases the tone and strength of the walls of blood vessels;
- reduces fragility of small vessels - capillaries;
- ensures normal blood flow.
Attention! No less important than the presence of vitamins is the presence of mineral components and amino acids in pollen.
The product contains 30% proteins and 15% amino acids. No cereal can compare with this indicator. Thanks to the rich mineral composition, you can endure the following additional benefits from bee pollen:
- protects the body from an excess of sodium;
- regulates blood pressure;
- lowers glucose levels;
- increases the activity of digestive enzymes, promoting better absorption of nutrients.
Benefits of bee pollen for women
Women are more prone to mood swings, depressive disorders, and anxiety. Such girls are advised to regularly take bee pollen. After all, it brings many benefits to the nervous system.
Bee pollen fights insomnia, prevents the development of nervous breakdowns. And taking the product in the morning on an empty stomach will provide a boost of energy and vivacity for the whole day, which is especially important for people with hard work. The drug is suitable for both women and men.
The product will be of great benefit to pregnant women. Thanks to a wide range of vitamins in pollen, the expectant mother will feel health and vigor for all 9 months, and the baby will develop as expected.
Bee pollen is useful for girls planning a pregnancy. It improves the functioning of the reproductive system, helping to tune in the female body for conceiving and bearing a future child.
But bee pollen is most in demand among women who want to lose weight. The drug cleanses the body of toxic substances and toxins, normalizes metabolic processes in the body. Thanks to these beneficial effects, weight is reduced instantly.
Judging by the reviews on the Internet, girls who took the medicine for 2 months noted a decrease in body weight by 4-5 kg. Of course, in parallel with the intake of bee pollen, they observed all the principles of rational nutrition and were engaged in moderate physical activity.
Benefits of bee pollen for men
Men are more susceptible to diseases of the heart and blood vessels than the beautiful half of humanity. This is due to the high prevalence of bad habits: alcohol abuse, smoking. Mature men are at risk of developing myocardial infarction and stroke. They have statistically higher blood pressure.
Therefore, each representative of the strong half will appreciate the beneficial properties of bee pollen. Due to its high calcium content, this product is effective in lowering blood pressure. Flavonoids, which are also part of the pollen, tone the vascular wall, strengthen the myocardium (heart muscle). It will also help with heart rhythm disturbances: tachycardia, extrasystoles, atrial fibrillation.
Men with potency disorders will appreciate the benefits of pollen. This product stimulates sperm production and increases libido. For these purposes, it is recommended to use pollen together with honey. Regular intake of bee pollen will be an effective means of preventing prostatitis and prostatic hyperplasia. This is especially true for men over 40.
For these purposes, I recommend taking the drug in courses. One course is from 20 to 30 days, followed by a break of 1 month.
Men who work in stressful jobs and get tired during the day will find the drug to benefit. The drug will relieve fatigue, eliminate depressive disorders.
Medicinal properties of bee pollen for children
The benefits and harms of bee pollen for children are strictly age dependent. It is not recommended to give medicine to babies, since its effect on a small organism has not yet been sufficiently studied. The bee pollen is suitable for all older children with physical and mental retardation. It improves brain function. Therefore, if you regularly give pollen to children from an early age, they learn to speak and read faster. The guys are becoming more sociable, cheerful.
The product is suitable for children who often suffer from colds, acute viral infections. The immunity benefits of pollen cannot be overstated. Due to its rich vitamin composition, it increases the body's resistance to infections in the winter-spring period, when vitamin deficiency is felt most strongly.
But before giving pollen to children, be sure to consult a pediatrician. Only a specialist will select the correct dose of the medicine and the duration of the course.
Important! The medicine will also benefit children with emotional and physical difficulties in school. It will quickly recuperate.
What bee pollen heals
Bee pollen treatment is becoming more widespread among representatives of folk and traditional medicine. Due to the presence of flavonoids in the composition, it is recommended to be taken by people with cancer. Of course, pollen will not help get rid of the neoplasm completely. But it is effective in combination with other drugs for the treatment of cancer and other tumors.
The medicine is used to prevent and treat constipation. Due to its antibacterial properties, pollen is effective in the treatment of inflammatory diseases of the stomach and intestines: ulcers, colitis (inflammation of the colon), gastritis.
In addition to the pathologies listed above, the following pathologies are treated with pollen:
- anemia (popularly called anemia);
- osteoporosis (softening of bone tissue);
- arterial hypertension;
- infectious diseases;
- sideropenic syndrome (iron deficiency in the body).
The peg is used not only for treatment, but also for the prevention of diseases. To prevent the development of viral infections, the medicine is taken for 1-2 months. For 1 year, no more than 4 courses are allowed.
The use of bee pollen in folk medicine
In folk medicine, there are many recipes using bee pollen. This article will show only the most effective ones.
To improve immunity, bee pollen is used in its pure form. 1 tsp dissolve slowly 3 times a day. The course of treatment is 1 month. Elderly people treat memory impairment and dementia in the same way.
For the treatment of anemia, 0.5 tsp of the beneficial substance is taken 3 times a day. The course of therapy is 30 days.
For the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, 1 hour of medication is taken on an empty stomach 20 minutes before meals. Reception of the polish ends after 21 days. To strengthen the liver, a small amount of honey is added to the product.
For diseases of the urinary tract, honey and pollen are mixed in a 1: 1 ratio. The medicine is taken 3 times a day after meals. Eat 1 hour at a time. The course of therapy is 45 days.
For the treatment of prostatitis, mix 25 g of pollen, 100 g of butter and 50 g of honey. They make a sandwich with black bread and eat 1 pc. 2 times a day. The same method is used by men with impaired potency, patients for a speedy recovery after surgery.
With a reduced content of hydrochloric acid in gastric juice, a mixture is made of 0.5 kg of honey, 75 ml of aloe juice and 20 g of pollen. Take 1 hour before meals. The course of therapy is 1 month, after 3 weeks, repeated treatment can be carried out.
How to take bee pollen
Pure bee pollen tastes bitter. It should be taken in its original form (lumps) or in powder. To make the medicinal mixture sweeter, you can add 0.5 teaspoon of honey. They also sell bee pollen in granules. In 1 pc. contains 450 mg of the beneficial substance.
Attention! The medicine is absorbed under the tongue as long as possible so that all trace elements are absorbed.
The pollen is either placed under the tongue or chewed thoroughly. This is the only way to get all the nutrients into the body.
To strengthen the immune system, the product should be taken within 30 minutes. before meals 1 time per day in the morning. You can divide the dose into 2 doses, then the second time is postponed for lunchtime, in 15 minutes. before meals. The optimal daily dosage is 15 g.
If a person does not tolerate a bitter taste, they are allowed to take the substance in a dissolved form. But then the useful properties of the medicine are significantly reduced. To bring them closer to the level of a pure beekeeping product (pollen), the dose is increased to 25 g. The maximum allowed amount of product per day is 32 g.
For the treatment of the initial stages of arterial hypertension, the drug is mixed with honey in a 1: 1 ratio. mixtures 3 times a day. The course of therapy is 3 weeks. After 14 days, you can repeat the medication. Then the benefits of pollen will be even greater.
For the prevention of infectious diseases, bee pollen is consumed in October. The repeated course is carried out in January. In order to prevent vitamin deficiency, the medicine is taken in early spring (in March or April).
Earlier it was mentioned about the beneficial properties of pollen for pregnant women. But it is precisely this category of the population that should be especially careful. It is believed that pollen is able to stimulate the contractile activity of the uterus. This increases the risk of miscarriage. Therefore, if a woman decides to use the foot during pregnancy, this should be done under the strict supervision of an obstetrician-gynecologist.
People taking blood-thinning medications should be careful. First of all, this concerns "Warfarin". Pollen can enhance the effects of this drug. This provokes the appearance of hematomas, spontaneous bleeding.
With caution, it is worth giving medicine to children. It is forbidden to treat babies under the age of 1 year with pollen, as the substance can cause the development of allergic reactions. Older children are given the drug in a dosage of 1/4 hour. After 7 years, the amount of pollen per day is gradually increased to 1/2 tsp.
Contraindications to bee pollen
The beneficial properties and contraindications to bee pollen are incomparable. The medicine brings great benefits to the body, while there are practically no restrictions on its use.
As noted in the previous section, relative contraindications to the use of the drug are pregnancy and taking "Warfarin".
Important! It is not recommended to use pollen for women who are breastfeeding, since the effect of the substance on infants has not yet been sufficiently studied.
The main contraindication to the use of the medicine is pollen allergy. Some people experience a minor reaction: itching, redness of the skin, non-massive rashes. Others suffer from severe symptoms:
- Quincke's edema, accompanied by narrowing of the lumen of the larynx;
- breathing disorder;
- massive swelling of the subcutaneous tissue of the face and lips;
- anaphylactic shock, manifested by a sharp drop in blood pressure;
- disruption of the work of almost all internal organs.
Also, pollen is not recommended for people with diabetes. This is due to the fact that the substance can unpredictably affect the concentration of sugar in the blood.
Terms and conditions of storage
In order for the polish to retain its useful properties for a long time, it is folded into a sterilized glass jar and tightly closed with a lid. You can take any other sealed container. For example, a vacuum bag.
The room in which the pollen is stored must be dry, dark and cool (temperature up to + 14 ° C). Avoid exposure of the product to direct sunlight. The best place is a dry basement.
In such conditions, the product can be stored for up to 2 years. But even if all the rules are followed, the beneficial properties will decrease in proportion to the passage of time. Therefore, it is recommended to use the medicine for one and a half years.
It is impossible to overestimate the beneficial properties of bee pollen. It is used to treat and prevent a wide range of diseases.The main thing when using the product is to observe the dosage, complete the full course, and store the medicine correctly. And if any unpleasant symptoms appear, be sure to immediately consult a doctor.