To Bee or Not to Bee
That isn’t the question. After 5000 plus years of recorded history, the value of the bee can’t be questioned. Man has used bee products for everything from warding off evil spells to healing wounds; anti-aging creams to lifting depression. Beeswax candles give clear, clean light and there’s few things more satisfying than the feel and taste of golden honey on the tongue.
Bees are the only insect that produces food eaten by people … and what food it is! Bee pollen is said to contain every substance needed to maintain life. Vitamin B12, a vitamin not usually found in vegetable sources, is abundant in bee pollen. This alone would make bee pollen attractive to vegetarians. Bee pollen has more enzymes than any other food. Amino acids? Bee pollen is full of them. It contains all of the eight essential amino acids. Vitamins? How about vitamins A, D, E, K, and C plus complete B complex and bioflavonoids. Bee pollen also contains high levels of RNA and DNA. Wait! That’s not all. Twenty-seven mineral salts plus calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium and sulfur.
If you’re thinking that this is all very impressive, but what can it do for you … it can do a lot. Several nutrients in bee pollen – such as protein, healthy fats, vitamins A, B, C, D and E plus calcium, magnesium, selenium,
nucleic acids, lecithin and cysteine are scientifically well documented for their ability to strengthen immunity and counteract the effects of radiation and chemical toxins; very important in our polluted world today.
Bee pollen promotes energy. Athletes have been using bee pollen since before the first Olympic games. In addition to giving extra energy and endurance, it produces an accelerated rate of recovery; including a return to normal heart rate, breathing and helps the athlete be ready for the next event.
People with allergies and hay fever have reason to bless the bee too. Bee pollen taken before and during allergy seasons is effective in preventing the onset of symptoms. A substance called Quercetin in bee pollen inhibits the release of histamine in the body. Before you become too excited because it’s POLLEN you’re allergic to in the first place, listen to this: bees are very discriminating when they collect the pollen. Pollens that cause allergic reactions (anemophile) are NOT collected. The pollen bees do collect (entomophile) have actually been useful in treating people who suffer from airborne allergies.
Bee pollen has been used as a disinfectant, a natural sleeping tonic, for respiratory conditions, digestive disorders, sore throats, urinary system revitalizers and muscle invigorators. Skin looks better – younger – and bee pollen fights wrinkles!
Bee pollen has been the subject recently of studies to determine if it can control the runaway growth of cancer cells. So far results have been very positive.
Some individuals have shown an allergic reaction to bee pollen and bee products in general. It is advised to start with small amounts of any bee products and work up to your optimum daily serving over a period of 2 weeks.
Various experts recommend that bee pollen should be taken on an empty stomach – 15 to 20 minutes before a meal. A common adult dosage is 450 – 580 mg. three to four times daily. A short term therapeutic amount of bee pollen is about three times the maintenance amount. Bee pollen should be taken alone and NEVER heated or cooked.
Sounds like something Cleopatra would use, doesn’t it? You could be right, we do know other queens use it… Queen Bees. The Queen Bee rules the hive but if you think she lounges around eating bon-bons all day, you’re wrong. She does an incredible amount of work; laying as many as one quarter million eggs in just one season. The Queen lives up to 5 years. Worker bees live only 35 to 50 days.
Experts surmise that one reason she is able to handle the prodigious work load and live so much longer than her subjects, is that she is fed an exclusive diet of Royal Jelly her entire life.
This “Jelly” is a blend of two glandular secretions from the worker bee and is fed to all bee larvae from the first to the third day after hatching. After the third day, the larvae are fed a mixture of honey, pollen and water. The growth of the larvae stops as soon as the Royal Jelly is withdrawn.
Royal Jelly contains 18 amino acids, 8 enzymes, 16 vitamins, 15 minerals plus nucleic acids, essential fatty acids, flavonoids and lecithin.
One of the main nutritional benefits of Royal Jelly appears to be the “normalizing” effect it has on the system. The action of Royal Jelly seems to be systemic (overall) rather than affecting just one biological function. It’s been used to retard the aging process, help with menopause, to aid in the emotional problems of adolescents and as a tonic for the nervous system. It’s been used successfully to improve sexual function, for skin problems, vascular diseases and general well being.
This might be considered the insect world’s finest contribution to humanity. Honey is a natural, unrefined sweetener produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. Nectar is a sweet, sugary liquid that collects in flowers.
The sugars in honey are quickly absorbed and are an instant source of energy for the body. Honey is rich in vitamins, enzymes, hormones and minerals. Probably the most important fact about the nutrients found in honey is that they are in perfect balance, and that means that you derive the most benefit possible from them.
An amazing thing about honey is that bacteria will not live in it. This is due to the fact that a certain amount of moisture is necessary to maintain living organisms, including bacteria. Honey withdraws moisture from the
bacteria, and consequently the bacteria dies. This explains why honey has been used for centuries to help heal wounds and ulcers. There is clinical evidence that honey can correct gastro-intestinal complaints in children, can raise the hemoglobin content in the blood of anemic children and can relieve constipation and stimulate weight gain in children.
Honey is a wonderful beauty aid, it acts as a moisturizer and skin softener and is great to dab on those pesky skin eruptions (zits!).
Propolis is a bee product that is not exactly a “Household Word”. In terms of active principles transmitted from plant to man, propolis is one of the most efficient.
Propolis is a resinous substance collected from buds, leafy stalks and young twigs oftrees. The worker bee does his collecting between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm when the temperature is greater than 68 degrees F. The bees add a glandular secretion before depositing it in the hive.
Bees use propolis to seal the hive and make it tight. You could call propolis bee glue, but it’s much more than simply glue. Propolis is the substance that protects the bees from bacterial and viral infections. Propolis is placed inside the entrance of the hive so that all bees entering must cross over it.
According to an article appearing in The Herbalist, “The anti-bacterial power of propolis surpasses penicillin and other common drugs because bacteria and viruses have been unable to build a tolerance to propolis”. Best of all in over 16,000 experiments using propolis, it has been clinically proven to be safe; rendering no adverse side effects in humans.
Propolis is a rich source of flavonoids, also known as Vitamin P.
Flavonoids are credited to have at least 41 therapeutic effects. Over 500 scientific papers on bioflavonoids have been published in reputable medical journals around the world. Clinical reports have shown Vitamin P therapy to be effective in many varied conditions such as miscarriages, high blood pressure, respiratory infections, hemorrhoids, cirrhosis of the liver and more.
Are bee products “Miracle Food”? No one thing will fix everything that’s wrong with you. The real miracle is nutrition and your body. If bee products do miraculous things, it’s because it is a nutritionally dense food, containing more of the nutrients needed for human health than most other foods. Our bodies need the proper nutrients to rebuild and repair themselves. Good nutrition is a good way to help your body help itself. Bee products are some of the best quality nutrition for your money available today.