Pollen is the sperm of flowers, their male molecule. They are tiny seeds that the bee collects as it sinks and rubs into the flowers and the seeds are hooked onto its hair. Thanks to the brushes and combs on her hind legs, she collects these seeds and then with a mixture of saliva with honey (which she has taken care to get close to the brood of the hive, because at this point it contains most of the lactose), she prepares small balls which she places to transport them to the canisters, two pockets on her hind legs.
Pollen is the only source of protein for the bee and is essential for the growth and proper functioning of its hypopharyngeal glands, which are responsible for the production of royal jelly. Thus, without pollen, the queen lays her eggs, as well as the breeding of larvae becomes impossible. A bee colony consumes 35 to 40 kilos of pollen per year for brood rearing.
Pollen consists of 11 έως 18% water (for fresh).
Protein amino acids 24%: contain 20 of the 22 that exist in our body and from these are found the eight basic ones such as isoleucine, leucine, cysteine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and tyrosine.
Nitrogenous substances such as peptones, globulins, deoxyribonucleic acid and ribonucleic acid.
Hydrocarbons 27%: glucose, fructose, sucrose, pentosans, dextrins, starch, cellulose, pollen.
Lipids 5%: high unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin, good cholesterol, prastagladin precursors.
Enzymes: phosphatase, catalase, coenzyme A, amylase, invertase, pepsin, trypsin, lipase and play the role of catalysts, necessary to a large extent in metabolic processes. Natural enzymes of probiotic action, tonics of the intestinal flora.
Minerals 5%: minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, sulfur, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, aluminum, iron, as well as a very rare antioxidant selenium. Their numerous ingredients and their high quantitative dose give them a therapeutic effect that goes far beyond the limits of simple food.
Trace elements 3%: among them we find vitamins, A, B1, B2, B3, B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B8 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), B12, C, D, E, H, growth hormones, antibacterial substances, particularly effective for gastrointestinal disorders and coliforms.
With such a composition, pollen is rightly considered a maximum nutritional supplement. It is believed that 100gr. pollen correspond to 500 gr. beef or in 7 eggs. Its basic properties make pollen a tonic as well as a natural balancer.
The therapeutic action of pollen is addressed to all systems, but is particularly suitable for fatigue conditions, gastrointestinal problems (anorexia, constipation, colitis, etc.), genitourinary problems (prostatitis, colibacillosis), as well as for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
The recommended dosage is one to two tablespoons a day. We must point out that the results will be felt after a treatment of many weeks and depending on the physical condition of each person.
Η BEE4U recommends the consumption of fresh frozen pollen, because this way its sensitive and valuable ingredients are kept unchanged for many months. In contrast, dried pollen, treated in dry and heated air, loses a large percentage of its nutritional value.