Pollen is a male element of the flowers of a plant that is capable of fertilizing another female flower of the same species. Bees collect this pollen, transport it in granules, and once it reaches the hive, they smear it with saliva, losing the pollen’s ability to germinate in the stigma of the flowers.
Below is a detailed study of some of its components:
Pollen is one of the few natural compounds that contains all amino acids, including the 10 essential ones. Essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the body, so it is essential that they be incorporated into the diet.
Among the minerals contained in pollen, the good amount of calcium and organic iron stands out, as they are easily absorbed and assimilated. Organic calcium goes directly to form bone, compared to mineral calcium that stays in the bloodstream until it is removed, usually in the form of stones. Another mineral that contains pollen is selenium, magnesium, together with flavonoids, all of which have antioxidant effects.
Pollen also contains all vitamins except vitamin A. However, in pollen there is a large amount of carotenes, which perform the function of provitamin A, and this is transformed during digestion into vitamin A..
Photo 1: Honeycomb full of pollen
Pollen, like royal jelly, contains 10-Hydroxydocenoic acid, an antiseptic and immunomodulatory component that has an anti-inflammatory effect on the prostate, helping to relax and reduce inflammation of the prostate.
Properties of fresh and granulated pollen:
Pollen, being one of nature’s most complete foods, can be used to treat the following diseases:
Pollen also contains fiber, helping to improve intestinal transit. In addition, pollen contains phytosterols (vegetable fats) and these together with polyunsaturated fatty acids promote the control of cholesterol metabolism, lowering LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol and raising HDL, the so-called good cholesterol.
Diabetics must have a very restricted diet, avoiding many foods. This restriction can lead to these people suffering from nutritional deficiencies. As a consequence, the consumption of pollen is ideal for people, as it provides all the nutrients that the human body needs and at the same time, because it has a very low sugar content.
Indigestion, diarrhea, or other digestive problems
Pollen fiber improves intestinal transit. In addition, pollen contains 10-hydroxydocenoic acid, an antiseptic and immunomodulatory component that acts against bacterial diarrhoea.
Obesity and weight loss
Pollen contains lecithin. Lecithin helps remove fat from the body by increasing metabolism. Lecithin also creates a feeling of satiety. When we feel full, we don’t eat between meals, we eat less food, and as a result, we lose weight.
Together, this weight loss does not lead to malnutrition, because pollen is a very complete food that provides us with all the necessary nutrients.
Prostate and prostate cancer:
The hormonal, vitamin and trace element content has a rejuvenating and anti-inflammatory effect on the prostate. Numerous studies corroborate this information, although the mechanisms that produce an increase in prostate size are not yet known, although the sex hormone testosterone plays an important role in this process.
Pollen consumption can have an immunizing effect against allergies. According to different scientific articles, you could cure your allergy by taking a few grains a day and over the days, increasing your dose to one tablespoon a day. In this way, the body would no longer consider pollen as an invasive foreign body and would be immunized. At the same time, pollen can reduce the amount of histamine in the body, and thus reduce the effects of allergies.
Low energy or fatigue:
It increases the energy of the body by containing a high concentration of B vitamins, proteins and amino acids.
Pollen contains a large amount of provitamin A, which is converted in digestion into vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for good vision and night vision.
Rheumatism or arthritis:
It contains organic calcium of easy absorption and assimilation that goes directly to bone formation.
Pollen contains tryptophan, an amino acid with a chemical structure similar to serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical produced by our body that is responsible for our mood, so an increase in serotonin reduces depression.
Pollen contains antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that form in the body and can damage lipids. Proteins and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and induce cancer.
How to take fresh pollen
Pollen should be consumed on an empty stomach about 10 minutes before breakfast. To digest it, take a tablespoon directly or dissolve it in water. Pollen can be consumed throughout the year without interruption, although some doctors recommend taking a break from time to time.
The recommendation is to take it on an empty stomach, but apart from taking it only in the morning, we can also take it mixed with other foods. It is also delicious and nutritious when mixed with yogurt, milk or salads.
Another ideal time to consume it is before meals, as it contains lecithin and will satisfy us. As we are more satiated we will have less desire to eat, therefore we will consume less calories and we will be able to lose weight.
Picture 2: Dry pollen
Does bee pollen make you fat?
Pollen as another food contains as we have seen fatty acids, proteins and carbohydrates. However, because of the small amount of pollen we can consume each day, it will not have any influence on the calories ingested.
On the other hand, pollen being a food with all the nutrients that the human being needs, makes the body is covered with all its nutritional needs and does not ask for more intake than necessary, thus helping us to lose weight. Likewise, pollen contains lecithin, which satisfies us. If we are satiated we eat less food and therefore it helps us to lose weight.
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