Bee pollen, thanks to the patient and precious work of these industrious insects, is one of the richest substances in nature, and is considered one of the most powerful tonics for our body. The Properties and Benefits of this extraordinary product are many:
- Multivitamin in general, as it is rich and complete in minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids present in nature,
- Strengthens the immune system and has antibiotic properties, as a source of pure and immediately available energy,
- Interesting anti-aging action,
- Contains from 30 to 40% of proteins,
- Helps to lose weight, as it reactivates the metabolism and partially suppresses the appetite,
- Helps keep cholesterol under control
- Stimulates the brain, increasing mental clarity and memory,
- Powerful ally for the most assiduous sportsmen who can recharge quickly.
Characteristics of Bee Pollen
Bee pollen has a soft and malleable consistency, and a sweet and aromatic, almost floral scent, which in some ways recalls that of raw honey. The color is variable, even if it usually assumes different shades of yellow; however, some pollen can be orange, violet or blue in colour, depending on the plant species from which they come.
In general, it can be said that the components of bee pollen are mainly represented by:
- Water (about 60%);
- Nitrogenous substances (35%): proteins, enzymes, coenzymes, amino acids (arginine, lysine, methionine…);
- Carbohydrates (simple sugars);
- Lipids (4-5%): essential fatty acids (alpha-linoleic acid [Omega-3], linoleic acid [Omega-6]), monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated;
- Vitamins (A, C, D, E, K, PP, B vitamins);
- Growth hormones;
- Mineral salts and trace elements (calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, aluminum, manganese, copper);
- Antibiotic factors;
- Vegetable pigments and phytosterols (xanthophylls, carotenoids, flavonoids, beta-sitosterol, beta-carotene, lycopene, isoramnetin, quercetin, rutin)
Pollen has a much higher protein content than that contained in meat or fish, and contains about twenty different amino acids, many of which are essential (that is, that the human organism is unable to produce from only and must therefore be taken through food).
“According to some opinions, bee pollen is such a balanced and complete food that a human being could survive for a few months just by eating it. Naturally this is a provocation, but this underlines how precious bee pollen can be considered within any diet and in the presence of the most varied lifestyles.”