Bee Pollen Background and Benefits
Worker honeybees collect pollen from flowers, which they pack into pellets. They then add honey and other secretions to the pollen, forming a mixture commonly known as bee pollen or bee bread. Bees only use entomophile pollen to make bee pollen, which is relatively heavy and sticky. In contrast, anemophile pollen is lighter and may cause allergic reactions in humans.
Bee pollen doesn’t have a specific composition, since it depends on many factors such as the source of the pollen, the individual hive and the time of year. Simple sugars such as fructose and glucose typically comprise 40 to 60 percent of bee pollen by weight. Bee pollen is the primary source of protein for the adult members of the hive, and its protein content may be as high as 60 percent. Fatty acids may comprise up to 32 percent of bee pollen, and it also consists of about three percent vitamins and minerals.
Bee pollen is harvested as a food source for humans in many areas. It is widely available in health food stores as a dietary supplement and is often added to cereal, yogurt and smoothies. Bee pollen is also a common ingredient in skin softening products, especially those used for eczema and diaper rash.
Xtend-Life sources bee pollen from one of New Zealand's largest and most pristine national parks, away from any factories leaving our bee pollen free from the air pollution and other contaminants found in so many other commercial brands. You can ensure your bee pollen is the purest available, with no risk of any contamination.
Uses of Bee Pollen
The primary health benefit of bee pollen is its support for a healthy immune system. It also has antioxidant properties that are often used to support bone health, as well as energizing properties.
Bee pollen may help support the immune system’s ability to manage seasonal conditions.
Bone health support
Bee pollen may help support bone health and manage healthy levels of calcium and phosphate in the bones.
Bee pollen may have antioxidant properties, which help support the body’s ability to manage damage caused by free radicals.
Healthy energy levels
Bee pollen, when combined with the right ingredients may enhance the body's ability to manage and sustain energy levels.
Signs You May Need Bee Pollen
You may benefit from oral supplements of bee pollen if your lungs, sinuses and breathing patterns need some support due occasional seasonal conditions. You may also use topical products that contain bee pollen for skin conditions that help relieve discomfort. The vitamins and minerals in bee pollen can help support the skin's ability to regenerate at a cellular level.
Other Ingredients That May Be of Interest
Vitamin B12 - Vitamin B12 is one of eight essential vitamins in the B group. It plays various roles in the functioning of the nervous system and blood production. Xtend-Life supplements contain Vitamin B12 in the form of Cobamamide, which is more bio-available.
Folic Acid - Folic acid is commonly known by many names, including vitamin B9 and vitamin M. It is metabolized into various derivatives such as dihydrofolic acid, which serves many biological functions.