Bee Pollen has been a secret weapon for me for years........from pretending they were headache tablets in many long & boring meetings in the corporate world (I was really just falling asleep and needed an energy boost!) to not having to deal with an epic hayfever meltdown each season by Greg, I am a longstanding fan.
What is it?
Bee pollen is considered to be one of nature's most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. It's made up of a mixture of flower pollen, nectar, enzymes, honey wax and bee secretions.......to be fair that last one made me cringe too but read on to see why bee pollen is still so amazing!
Where does it come from?
Foraging honey bees collect pollen from plants and transport it to the beehive where it's stored and used as food for the colony. Bee pollen is simply this pollen collected from the bee hive hence the few extra ingredients!
Interesting Fact: the federal ministry of health in Germany recognises bee pollen as a medicine
Bee pollen boasts an impressive nutritional profile containing over 250 biologically active substances including proteins, carbs, lipids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. The high antioxidant content is loaded with a wide variety of antioxidants, among them flavanoids, carotenoids, quercetin, kaempferol and glutathione. And as we know, antioxidants protect our bodies against potentially harmful molecules called free radicals. It also contains several compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. Bee Pollen is richer in proteins than any other source and contains more amino acids than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight.
Treasure each drop: one teaspoon of bee pollen takes one bee eight hours a day for one month to gather!
The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energiser. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue. Pollen has also been shown to reduce the presence of histamine.
Why Forever Bee Pollen?
As with all of their products, Forever ensure that their bee pollen is in an easily digestible form so you get the full benefits. It's 100% natural with no additives, colouring or preservatives.
Forever bee pollen is gathered in from the hives located in remote, high desert regions in specially designed stainless steel collectors. It is collected from bees as they enter the hives through a grate. These bee hives are in an ideal location and the pristine environment helps to eliminate contaminants such as pesticides and pollutants.
This pollen is then mixed with honey and royal jelly to create Forever's Bee Pollen tablets.
These little tablets have been a firm favourite in the family for the last few years. Greg takes them daily to get him through long, physical days on a building site as well as for his hayfever. I take them regularly depending on how my health is and what my body needs. I also think they'll come in handy soon for my teenage son who's struggling to do anything other than lie on his bed most days!