One of the foods that the bee nourishes herself with is pollen. Essentially there are two types of pollen. A sticky pollen the one that the bees collect from the stamen, which is the male part of flowers and an airborne pollen the one that people are usually allergic to. When collecting sticky pollen, a minute amount of airborne pollen is attached. By ingesting the bee pollen minute amounts of the airborne pollen are ingested as well. This is why bee pollen can be good for people who have airborne pollen allergies. This then works like a vaccine giving the person an eventual immunity to the airborne pollen that they can be allergic too. This line of healing reasoning is similar to a homeopathic remedy where a minute amount of the thing that a person is ill with is used to heal them. For the bee pollen to be effective against allergies it is important that one purchase local bee pollen, because the local bee pollens will contain minute amounts of the airborne pollens from the plants that people are allergic to.
The solar nature of plants that transform sunlight to grow themselves is reflected in the healing composition of bee pollen. The sun gives us light, life and warmth, essentials for us to exist. Bee pollen has been called vegetal gold because of its ultimate solar nature and it too, like the sun, gives us life, health and strength.
In the Ying and Yang of Chinese Medicine, bee pollen represents the Yang or masculine energy. As humans, we have both the masculine and feminine principles. In our physical bodies we incarnate as either one or the other. But we constantly use one principle or the other. When we speak, for example we are emissive or masculine and when we listen we are receptive or feminine, etc. Thus both principles regardless of the gender that we are physically are equally important to us. Hence, bee pollen, while representing predominately masculine qualities and strengthening the masculine qualities in us, is good for both men and women.
Scientific analysis of bee pollen has shown it to be a super food. “It contains over 180 known nutritional ingredients including at least 22 amino acids, 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 59 trace elements, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates and approximately 25% protein. Bee pollen is extremely rich in carotenes, which are metabolic precursors of vitamin A. It is also high in B complex and vitamins C, D, E, and Lecithin.” (Bee Products: Medicine From the Hive by C. Leigh Broadhurst Ph.D)
There are 22 basic elements in the human body. Enzymes, hormones, vitamins, amino acids and others which must be renewed by nutrient intake. No one food contains them all except bee pollen!
Dr. Maurice Hanssen, British researcher says: “Pollen should be part of the ideal ‘athletes diet’, a diet pattern which produces maximum performance with no harmful side effects. Pollen is rich in micro-elements that may not be present in the normal diet. The prescription of pollen allows the trace elements to be incorporated in the body without excessive loss.”
Dr. Howard H. Hillman, Director, Lee Foundation for Nutrional research says: “Virgil, Hippocrates and Pliny all considered pollen to contain the secret against old age”.
It is very important to start taking bee pollen slowly. Bee products may cause allergic reactions in some people. If you have never taken bee pollen before, start by putting a couple granules under your tongue to test for sensitivity (itching, sneezing, slight rash, swelling). If allergic reaction occurs, consult your nutritionist. It is possible to try a capsule form to bypass the mucous membranes. If the reaction is tolerable, continue with just a couple granules every day until no reaction occurs and then slowly increase intake. If no reaction occurs, start with 3 granules, increasing by 2 grains every few days until reach 1/2 teaspoon daily. Gradually increase to 1 to 2 tsp. or more. For best absorbency of inner nutrients, chew granules to break outer granule cell wall. An adult's normal daily intake is between a teaspoon and above based on individual metabolism.” (Bee Products: Medicine From the Hive by C. Leigh Broadhurst Ph.D)