A healthy immune system can help protect us against colds, flu, viruses and other illnesses. But stress, seasonal changes, underlying medical conditions and the environment can all take their toll on our immune system. What can we do to support a healthy immune system?
One of our favourite supplements is New Zealand Bee Pollen. These tiny golden granules pack a mighty punch when it comes to helping us stay healthy.
Experience the benefits of Bee Pollen for yourself!
What is Bee Pollen?
Bee Pollen is the flower pollen that is collected on the legs and bodies of bees. The plant pollen is mixed together with nectar and bee saliva to create little granules. Bees make the pollen made into bee bread which is stored, fermented and preserved to be used as protein sources for the bee colony. Bee Pollen is the source of minerals and nutritional compounds that are found in Royal Jelly. The composition of Bee Pollen varies depending on the pollen plant source, where the pollen is collected from and season.
Why is Bee Pollen a super-food supplement?
Bee Pollen has been used for thousands of year and is mentioned in ancient medical texts and the Bible. It contains around 250 different substances including vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, enzymes, flavonoids, phenols, phytochemicals and essential amino acids.
Unfortunately, modern research into the benefits of Bee Pollen has been done with animals, not humans, which limits our knowledge of how amazing Bee Pollen may be with humans. However, traditionally Bee Pollen has been used:
To enhance sporting ability and help recovery from illness,
As an antidote from pollen allergies.
To help relieve respiratory conditions.
To Balance the endocrine system (with specific assistance in menstrual and prostate conditions).
Research indicates that Bee Pollen may have a variety of roles in keeping us well.
Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
Bee Pollen and your immune system
Bee Pollen has several effects that may help support a healthy immune system.
Anti-inflammatory Bee Pollen
Bee Pollen has been found to contain a range of natural compounds that support the production of immune factors which are important in maintaining a healthy immune system and reducing inflammation. Bee Pollen is high in flavonoids and phenolic acids, fatty acids and phytosterols that have anti-inflammatory effects.
Anti-microbial Bee Pollen
When tested against common food-borne and other harmful bacteria and fungi, Bee Pollen was found to successfully reduce growth. The flavonoids and phenols that are packed into Bee Pollen are thought to be able to prevent bacterial growth and promote bacterial cell death.
Immune-boosting Bee Pollen
Taking Bee Pollen has been shown to strengthen the immune system. In animal studies, Bee Pollen has been found to increase cellular immune responses and reducing allergic responses. The immune-boosting effects of Bee Pollen have been credited to the high level of flavonoid compounds and naturally occurring steroids.
How to choose Bee Pollen
Abeeco prides itself on producing outstanding quality bee pollen which is 100% natural, untampered, non-potentiated, GE Free and is pure New Zealand - as pure as you can get anywhere in the world.
Our Bee Pollen is quite different to most due to the purity of the product.
Most Bee Pollen granules sold in dietary supplements are sourced from the USA and China. Independent laboratories frequently find traces of heavy metals present in these Bee Pollens as a direct result of air pollution.
Our Bee Pollen is produced to the highest possible standard. We only use GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturers - two of New Zealand's best. Not that the manufacturers have to do too much as the bees are doing virtually everything but putting the pollen into a convenient capsule!
When to avoid Bee Pollen supplements
If you’re allergic to bee or wasp stings then avoid taking Bee Pollen products. If you experience itching, swelling, dizziness or trouble breathing, stop taking the supplements immediately. If you’re pregnant then avoid taking Bee Pollen supplements.
We don’t just pull our information out of thin air. We make sure that all the information we share with you has been carefully fact-checked. If you want to read more about the topics we covered in this blog, here are our sources.
Denisow, B., & Denisow‐Pietrzyk, M. (2016). Biological and therapeutic properties of bee pollen: a review. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 96(13), 4303-4309.
Kačániová, M. et al (2015). Antimicrobial activity of bee collected pollen against clostridia. Scientific Papers Animal Science and Biotechnologies, 47(2), 362-365.
Khider, M. et al (2013). Egyptian honeybee pollen as antimicrobial, antioxidant agents, and dietary food supplements. Food Science and Biotechnology, 22(5), 1-9.
Komosinska-Vassev, K. et al (2015). Bee pollen: chemical composition and therapeutic application. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015.
Pascoal, A. et al (2014). Biological activities of commercial bee pollens: Antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 63, 233-239.
Ulbricht, C. et al (2009). An evidence-based systematic review of bee pollen by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration. Journal of dietary supplements, 6(3), 290-312.
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