Nutritional Immunology

Nature’s Nutrition – Bee Pollen

Bee PollenBee pollen is said to contain every substance needed to maintain life and is therefore called a complete food. Bee pollen contains large amounts of aspartic acid – an amino acid that has been known to stimulate the glands and create a feeling of physical rejuvenation; it has also been shown to strengthen the immune system. Most bee pollen contains 35% protein, about half in the form of free amino acids. These amino acids are essential to life and can be assimilated easily. They halt the hardening of arteries and strengthen the circulatory system. Other analyses of bee pollen reveal that it contains lecithin and large amounts of vitamins A, C, D, E and B-Complex.

Bee pollen consists of two basic sections – the water-soluble interior and the hard exterior, or the shell. Most bee pollen is sold with the shell; with the shell intact, the nutrients in the bee pollen cannot be used efficiently. The shell can also be harmful to the digestive system, even in the form of a powder. The only edible part of bee pollen is the water-soluble section.

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One Response to “Nature’s Nutrition – Bee Pollen”

  1. Interesting read for me. I have friends who swear by bee propolis for curing there colds, but I had never really read into it.

    – Trevor S

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