Bee pollen is a dietary supplement used by humans since time immemorial. Accordingly, there is a large degree of public interest regarding the health benefits of ingesting bee pollen. Alternately, there is some controversy regarding bee pollen use because of the high potential for allergic reactions. Because of the histamine naturally contained in most pollen, bee pollen supplementation may cause more harm than good for some. However, various studies evidence healthful properties of bee pollen.
Historically, the ingestion of bee pollen was usually pursuant of an energy boost. Thought to result in rises in concentration similar to that of coffee as well as improvements in physical performance, naturalists and athletes often supplement their diets with bee pollen. In fact, Russian tradition observes bee pollen as a viable supplement to increase sexual performance, as well.
Rich in nutrients, phytonutrients and minerals, bee pollen also contains flavonoids. These include luteolin, quercetin, tricetin and myricetin. Flavonoids are known antioxidants that may assist in reducing cancer and diarrhea, as well as promoting capillary stabilization.
Because of the vitamins, nutrients and flavonoids contained in bee pollen, it is thought to slow the aging process and extend life spans. In particular, aspartic acid stimulates the endocrine system; estrogen and androgen helps the body achieve, as well as maintain biological homeostasis; and energy supplementation increases healthful activity, in addition to other influences that promote healthfulness and potentially, long life.
- Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine; Edison M. Haas, M.D.
- Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis and Honey: A Trinity of Energy and Longevity; Rita Elkins
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