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BEE POLLEN
Bee pollen

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Here are a few comments and articles written about BEE POLLEN. We always advise that interested customers do their own research on the subject. Below are just a few articles that might assist you in your 'research'.  

Be advised that EACH and EVERY time you purchase BEE POLLEN for any vendor, whether it is the same vendor or a new one, that you start out with just a few GRAINS of pollen for the first two days to make sure that you are not allergic to the pollen that you have just purchased.  EACH purchase is from a different grouping of flowers and should be ‘tested’ each time.  NEVER, we repeat, NEVER take a spoonful as a 'trial' from any vendor, as this may be hazardous to your health.  Taking more than one teaspoon a day, once you are sure the pollen is 'good' with your system, is wasteful as the body will simply flush it out.

This  'bee bread'  is essential to the bee’s life as it is her source of protein.  Without the pollen, the bee will die. These are some questions we usually get – and these are our answers...

How does the bee keeper get the pollen?
The bee keeper sets up a '‘trap entrance' which brushes off the collected pollen from their legs when they enter through the grate – it is then gathered in a small tray.  The bee is not harmed nor is it bothered. A bee keeper would only set up a certain number of hives for gathering this pollen.
 
Does pollen make honey?
No. Bees make honey from Nectar - the juice of the plant.  Pollen is the 'sticky dust' on the flower which is brushed off as the bee passes from flower to flower (pollination) - these gather on her legs as little pellets/granules which are then put into ‘slits’ or sacks on her legs and the colour varies from orange to yellow, black to purple, green to brown.... As the flowers are all different. Pollen gathering by the bee is intentional. She goes from plant to plant gathering the pollen in her mouth, then compacts it and puts the pollen onto her legs thus making pollen balls which are very visible as she flies back to her hive.
 
Do you steal the pollen from the bees?
No - but we do take some of it.  The pollen itself is the bee's protein so it would not be wise to deprive them of it. Bee keeping is a symbiotic relationship – we both survive through each other.  The bees do not use all that is collected so on selective hives and only at selective times do we use a 'catcher' which is placed at the hive's entrance - the pollen pellets/granules are then brushed off the bee's legs into a tray as she enters. This is a simplified explanation but it serves to answer the question.
 
 How is pollen good for you and what do I look for when buying it?
Some report that it gives them energy. One should look for a variety of color as all flowers/plants are different.
 
 How would I use pollen if I were to buy it?
Sparingly, a little at a time, to begin with - the reason being to see if you will have an adverse reaction such as stomach aches, heat flashes, rash, closing of the throat, increase in blood pressure.  One begins with a few pellets each day to 'test' one’s reaction then increases to teaspoons etc. Pollen can be taken with jam /yogurt /in cereal/ tea/ eaten straight (though it does taste pasty)... ALL pollen needs to be kept in the freezer - shelf life 4 months then it gets 'hairy' which means time to throw it out - being kept IN the freezer will not 'block' freeze it so do not worry about the ability to spoon it out.  There is none.

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1.   Bee pollen has been used to enhance energy, memory and performance, although there is no scientific evidence that it does.
Bee pollen contains trace amounts of minerals and vitamins and is very high in protein and carbohydrates.
Bee pollen is also taken to prevent hay fever. Some people believe that ingesting pollens will help to build resistance to them, although it is possible to have a severe allergic reaction to these pollens.

Possible Side Effects and Safety Concerns
Serious allergic reactions to bee pollen have been reported, including potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis. These reactions occurred with small amounts of bee pollen, less than one teaspoon.
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2.   Stephen Barrett, M.D.
"Bee pollen" is actually pollen from flowers. Pollen granules stick to the bees' legs and other body parts as they help themselves to nectar (the precursor of honey) inside the flowers. Bee pollen has also been claimed to improve athletic and sexual performance; slow the aging process; promote both weight loss and weight gain; prevent infection, allergy, and cancer; and alleviate more than 60 other health problems.

3.   Durham's Bee Farm
There are two kinds of pollen: anemophile ("friend of the wind"), and entomophile ("friend of the insect").  The former, which causes allergic reactions like hayfever, is dispersed by the air.  The latter, which is the subject of this information, is gathered by the honeybee, whose travels from flower to flower make possible the reproduction of more than 80% of the world's grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes.
 
The individual pollen grain is encased in two protective coatings.  The exine, composed of sporopollen and cellulose, is known to be acid-resistant, and has withstood temperatures in excess of 300 degrees C.  Beneath this is the thinner, intine layer, which preserves oil and starch.

Bee Pollen

Photo: Franz-Xaver Dillier
Bienen-Zeitung issue 04-20-10
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