Bee Pollen

Its a superfood!

By Bee Dispatch

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Enjoy sprinkled on Cereal, Muesli, Ice Cream, Trifle, with Honey on Toast or mixed in Smoothies and juices.  Alternatively take straight from the spoon.  Recommended daily intake 3 teaspoons daily.

Pollen has been taken as a natural food supplement for thousands of years.  Rich in B vitamins and antioxidants, bee pollen contains an array of vitamins, minerals and enzymes and all eight essential amino acids.  Pollen contains every vitamin known as well as all 22 elements needed by our own bodies.  It is known as a Super Food.

Pollen is a very fine powder collected by the bees from trees and plants.  It is one of the richest foods in nature, containing a wide variety of proteins, minerals and fats, together with every vitamin.

The benefits of eating bee pollen are huge and many claim there is no greater health product available.  It is not surprising, therefore, that it is regarded by many as a powerful 'super food'.

Pollen dust is made up of minute grains, or cells, which collect in a powdery form on the legs and body of the bee as it works it way in and out of flower heads.  While performing this task, the bee also acts as a pollinator - essential for most plants as they cannot self-pollinate.  The act of pollination plays a crucial part in a plant's reproduction cycle.   After visiting several flowers, the bee will comb the pollen down her body with the brushes on her legs, moisten it with a drop of honey and pummel it into pellets which are placed in the pollen baskets for the flight home.  When the pollen baskets are laden they are clearly visible to the naked eye sitting on the bee's legs.

The pollen is taken back to the hive and stored in an empty or part-filled cell in the comb.  Cells that have been packed with pollen are easy to differentiate from others shown up as a pallet of varying shades from grey to yellow through to orange, blue and scarlet.  The colour variance is because the honey bee will collect only one type of pollen on a single flight - if it has visited an apple orchard the pollen will be a chalky yellow, compared to the pollen collected from Horse Chestnut trees which will be a deep red.

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This page was added by Bee Dispatch on 09/10/2011.