In previous studies, scientists showed that mice survived in a healthy condition when fed only a bee pollen granules diet and drinking water for 365 days.
Similarly, they also showed that rats fed only bee pollen for 12 weeks developed and grew just as well as rats fed a conventional diet.
So, the scientists set out to determine how long the survival time of these mice could be extended beyond 365 days when fed only bee pollen granules and water.
What they found was that the control mice survived an average of 477 days and 100% of them experienced a kidney issue which was typical of this strain of mice.
On the contrary, all bee pollen fed mice appeared healthy when they reached 600 days of age. And interestingly enough, there was no evidence of the kidney issue that the control mice developed!
The scientists concluded that “there is something in bee pollen that makes animals live longer…and we don’t know what it is!”
Bee Pollen Benefits – Nutrition
Bee Pollen is richer in protein than meat (which contains only 17 to 22%), fish, eggs and cheese.
”35 to 50 g of pollen a day, writes Dr. Stefan Stangaciu MD, can cover the needs in protein of man”.
Pollen contains all of the essential amino acids including those it cannot synthesize.
By these amino acids, pollen supports the functions of the thyroid which are very often disturbed by our living conditions.
The mineral selenium, which is found in bee pollen, slows down the aging of the cells.
Arginine helps to prevent impotency, frigidity and sterility. These amino acids support the functioning of the prostate. It also contains many nucleic acids in the chromosomes, very important for cellular regeneration and thus for diminishing the risk of genetic diseases.
It’s richness in the B Vitamins and in amino acids necessary to the nervous system gives it anti-stress qualities. Pollen contains all of the amino acids necessary in the production of endorphins (our happy hormones) in the nervous system.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Energy
Thanks to it’s richness in amino acids, pollen has a positive action on physical and intellectual tiredness. The proteins, minerals (calcium, phosphorus) and vitamins (pro vitamin A, the B Vitamins…) it contains enhance the development of young children. Certain amino acids are growth accelerators – arginine, proline, cystine, serine and tyrosine.
Due to its high nutritional quality, pollen can stimulate the appetite and weight and a quick recuperation of forces with weakened patients after a long lasting illness.
It is thus convenient especially for recovering patients, seniors, the under-nourished and for chronic fatigue.
Bee pollen benefits athletes as well as pregnant women. By toning up the uterine muscle, pollen aids the contractions while giving birth.
It regulates weight gain and thus may be recommended to obese persons or diabetics or to persons suffering of an abnormal loss of weight.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Bone Health
Due to its richness in amino acids and vitamins and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus and in lysine (which aids calcium absorption), pollen acts positively on the development of the fetus and child. It also helps to facilitate the formation of bone callus with fractures and to prevent osteoporosis.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Brain and Mood Health
Thanks especially to it’s high amino acid content, pollen has an affinity for the brain. It stimulates memory and the power of concentration (glutamic acid). Psycho-physiologic tests show a considerable increase of attention, with diminution of errors and a clear increase of muscular forms. It should be advised to aged persons, to children of school age and to students to ease exam preparation.
It diminishes the negative effects of stress, anger, jealousy, envy. It offers a feeling of well being. It is recommended against anxious, depressive, irritable moods, neuroses, insomnia, head aches and vertigo.
Cancer (post treatment)
Pollen is also used successfully after cancer treatments such as:
cobalt therapy, X rays, chemotherapy or for persons submitted professionally to irradiation or radiation accidents. Pollen proves in this case too, writes Rémi Chauvin, a particularly spectacular action.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Circulatory and Heart Health
Because of the rutin it contains, pollen has a fortifying action on the heart, the vessels and especially on the capillaries.
It facilitates blood circulation, balances the cardiac rhythm (arrhythmia), diminishes vascular hemorrhages and fragility of the capillaries and helps prevent phlebitis.
It diminishes the excessive arterial tension, fights against arteriosclerosis, and acts against cerebral atherosclerosis by reducing the cholesterol and triglycerides ratio.
Pollen also helps sustain the production of red blood cells and thus has an anti-anemic action.
Pollen increases the ratio of white and red cells in the blood in case of insufficiency. Lysine favors the renewing of red cells and histidine facilitates hemoglobin formation.
It reinforces the circulatory system and namely the capillaries by the presence of rutin. This acts on the cardiac contractions and prevent hemorrhages. The poly-unsaturated fats and the flavonoids it contains enhance blood circulation and help prevent arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis.
It reduces the ratio of cholesterol, fatty acids, triglycerides, lipo-proteins and albumin in the blood.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Digestion and Intestinal Health
Bee Pollen supports the functions of the stomach and the intestines by reducing inflammation of the digestive track and by supporting the intestinal flora.
It can also be used in gastritis, gastric and duodenum ulcers. It may be useful in cases of pylori or esophagus stenosis and after a gastrectomy.
Pollen helps harmonize the elimination functions of the intestine and will aid in constipation or chronic diarrhea. It will also help calm down flatulence.
It is indicated for colitis, acute and chronic, enteritis and gastro-enteritis.
Finally, it may be used in the case of stomach or intestinal cancers.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Immune Health
Bee Pollen protects the intestine by its active antibiotic substances against certain germs of the intestinal flora and re-balances it by eliminating the decomposition micro flora and by encouraging the assimilation of micro flora. (pro-biotics)
It reinforces the immune system as a natural antibacterial product which protects against the bacteria Streptococcus. This strain has been shown to be inhibited in the presence of pollen.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Liver Health
Bee pollen benefits all of the functions of the liver and has more than 100 different biochemical functions within this vital organ.
Pollen may be used with all the hepatic affections: chronic or acute hepatitis, biliary lithiasis, hepatic insufficiency, cirrhosis.
It’s use is advised to alcoholic patients as it reduces the need for alcohol and repairs the damages caused to the liver by alcohol.
Many experts recommend a daily intake of two to three teaspoons of fresh pollen for someone going through alcohol detoxification.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Hormonal Health
As shown before, fresh pollen contains vegetal hormones which have a stimulating action of rejuvenating the sexual functions especially the masculine ones. It is one of the most powerful natural masculine aphrodisiacs.
Pollen fights against impotency, masculine infertility and stimulates the sexual desire.
With women it is used for menstrual and pregnancy troubles and in pre-menopause.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Hair Skin and Nails
Bee Pollen is efficient for dry and devitalized skin and acts against eczema and acne.
It helps hair to grow healthier and fights against hair loss. It fortifies the breakable or halving nails. It helps with the quality of sight. These virtues are certainly due to its richness in vitamins and minerals such as sulphur, iron, zinc, vitamins A, B3, B8, rutin and amino acids such as tryptophan, cystine and tyrosine.
Bee Pollen Benefits – Prostate Health
Prostate troubles affect 30% of men between 50 and 60 years,60% of men between 60 and 70 years and 100% of men older than that.
Bee Pollen’s curative action is very efficient in treating many issues of the prostate: benign hypertrophy of the prostate, prostatitis and cancer of the prostate.
Men can prevent and ease these issues by taking pollen daily after the age of 50 : 25 to 30 g of fresh pollen (or 30 to 40 g of dry pollen) during treatment and then 15 g per day for maintenance.