Published 11/03/2014 | 05:38
We have all heard about the health benefits of honey; we know that local honey may help you overcome pollen allergies and relieve the symptoms of Hay Fever if taken regularly before the Season.
Manuka Honey is an excellent natural aid to boosting immunity and helps to relieve sore throats, colds and flu. But have you heard about Bee Pollen?
One day in the shop there were three people discussing excitedly the health benefits of Bee Pollen. I had to find out for myself, what was so special about it that had these people so impressed? I bought a jar and it stood sitting on my worktop for well over a month before I managed to get myself to eat it.
It's a natural source of free amino acids which are essential for muscles and skin health and repair. We need to have protein with each of our meals and this is a very easy way to get some. It has more protein than any other animal source. It contains enzymes which will help with the digestion of the food that we eat.
Bee Pollen is a natural source of B Vitamins and folic acid both of which are important to help with energy levels and can help with memory too. I could definitely do with some help in that department.
It's great to help people get relief from Hay Fever symptoms, asthma and respiratory problems it also helps boost the immune system.
There are other health benefits including hearth health, reduced cravings and weight management.
There were also reports that it's an aphrodisiac but I can't comment on that!
It's an amazing food really; you simply add one or two teaspoons to yoghurt, cereal, ice-cream or take straight from the spoon. Eat it with fruit for optimum benefits.
The Honey Bee takes eight hours per day for one month to collect one teaspoonful of Pollen. If you are going to eat this wonderful food it deserves a little respect for the hard work that the Honey Bee has put into collecting it!
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