February 05, 2014 1

Here at The Squeeze, we have lots of additions you can choose to put into our custom-made smoothies.  I love Maca, Spirulina, and Aloe, but another fav. that you might not know too much about is Bee Pollen.  Here's the biz. Bee Pollen is made by honeybees, and is the food of the young bee. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins (approximately 40% protein), more than any other animal source, free amino acids (contains more than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight), vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid.   It is important to recognize that a one teaspoon dose of pollen takes one bee working eight hours a day for one month to gather. Each bee pollen pellet, contains over two million flower pollen grains and one teaspoonful contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.   Here’s what it’s good for:   1. Energy Enhancer - The range of nutrients found within bee pollen makes it a great natural energizer. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting fatigue.   2. Skin Soother - Bee pollen is often used in topical products to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and help with the regeneration of cells.   3. Respiratory System - Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.   4. Treating Allergies – Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, helping with many allergies. It can clear everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems.   5. Digestive System - In addition to healthful vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat.   6. Immune System Booster - Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and supports the immune system. Some scientists say bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from viruses. It’s also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.   7. Treats Addictions – It is used holistically for healing addictions and inhibiting cravings by suppressing impulses. Because bee pollen crashes cravings, it is very useful, especially for weight management.   8. Supports the Cardiovascular System - Bee Pollen contains large amounts of Rutin; an antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen capillaries, blood vessels, assists with circulatory problems and corrects cholesterol levels. Its potent anti-clotting powers could help prevent heart attack and stroke.   9. Prostate Aid - Men who suffer from benign prostate hyperplasia can find relief by using bee pollen. Bee pollen can help reduce inflammation to stop frequent urges to urinate.   10. Infertility Problems - Bee pollen stimulates and restores ovarian function,thus it may be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. As well as being a hormonal booster it is also an aphrodisiac. So how do I get it in me? Bee pollen is a food and acts faster and more effectively when taken at mealtime and especially with fruit. This lets it gently perform a little cleansing of the intestinal flora.   At breakfast, preferably taken with a piece of fruit (the kind we put in our smoothies).  The fruit fibers (raw hemicellulose) reinforce the activity of the fresh pollen. Also good news, bee keepers are able to remove pollen from hives without harming the bees or disturbing their routine.   So, do it up.   Blogger: Lisa The Squeeze's Health and Marketing Pioneer at The Mercedes Club  

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