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Get the Buzz on the Health Benefits of Bee Pollen

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Bee Pollen is essentially food made by honeybees in order to nourish young bees. This mixture of pollen collected by bees as they fly from flower to flower is considered a “super food” to many because it contains almost every single nutrient vital to human health—including folic acid and B-complex vitamins, protein and amino acids. This is an obvious plus for vegans and vegetarians, particularly since beekeepers can remove pollen from a hive without any harm to its bee occupants.

Although there are only a few scientific studies that touch on the benefits of bee pollen, many swear by it for a buzz of energy, a boost to immunity, heart health, digestion, and much more. But remember, you should always check with your medical doctor before taking any supplement or implementing any new health food (particularly if you suffer from existing allergies, are pregnant, or suffer low immune health)…

1. Decrease Allergies

Many medical doctors recommend the use of bee pollen in the diet to reduce the activation of mast cells, which emit histamine when an allergen is present. Mast cells are responsible for the production and release of histamine when you come into contact with an allergen. Histamine causes the inflammatory response—with the characteristic runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and itchy throat and eyes.

When researchers at Japan’s Juntendo University School of Medicine tested this theory by feeding a group of mice a daily dose of bee pollen, the overall quantity of activated mast cells reduced greatly, resulting in lower histamine production. In fact, findings showed that the more bee pollen given to a mouse; the more the allergy mast cell activation reduced.  Keep in mind that more scientific research needs to be conducted and bee pollen can be dangerous if you have an allergy to honey or bee stings, or if eating pollen exacerbates your existing plant pollen allergies.

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