Home » Diet and Nutrition News & Advice » Get the Buzz on the Health Benefits of Bee Pollen

Get the Buzz on the Health Benefits of Bee Pollen

Diet and Nutrition News & Advice, Featured, Your Health

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.

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat

  • Cacao vs. Cocoa: 6 Sweet Ways to Tell the Difference
    Just one tiny slip of a little "a" and cocoa becomes cacao. And trust me; these two foods share very different properties and health benefits (or lack thereof).
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 9 Weird Yet Wonderful Health-filled Foods
    You may think you have all the healthy diet menu choices down pat. The truth is there are many weird and wonderful foods you may never have considered that should find their way...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Amazing Health Benefits of Parsley
    We've all seen parsley added to a dish—it's particularly popular in more upscale restaurants where the appearance of food is taken very seriously.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 8 Types of Medicinal Mushrooms
    For thousands of years mushrooms have been used to help sustain people around the world. But they do more than simply feed us and keep us alive.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Antioxidants: What Are They and Where Can You Get Them?
    You hear so much talk about antioxidants in the health, wellness and nutrition worlds. It seems these days that the word gets thrown around a lot without much clarity on what it...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 12 Feel Good Facts About Chocolate
    Most people love chocolate in one form or another. Whether as a chocolate bar, dipped strawberry, in syrup form, drizzled over cheesecake, or as a hot drink with marshmallows on a...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Reasons Why 2016 is the International Year of Pulses
    So what the heck are pulses? No, I'm not referring to the pitter-pater of your heart beat. While you might not recognize the term, trust me, you're familiar with the food.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Sweet Surprise Facts and Uses for Maple Syrup
    Maple Syrup is a staple in most homes, as a sweet drizzled topping for pancakes and waffles, desserts, and more.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 7 Superfoods that Boost Moods
    It's true that you are what you eat—and that also holds true for your mood. If you mostly put junk into your system, it can end up not only causing you to pack on unwanted...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • What Super Food Are You?
    It seems like wherever you turn—the television, the Internet, or the local market—you’re being inundated with super foods.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • The Health Benefits of Beets
    Sure, they might look a little rugged on the outside, but beets. Are. Great. Not only are beets packed with sweet flavor and nutrition (i.e.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Chia Seeds vs. Flax Seeds
    You’ve likely heard a lot of positive things between two much-hyped super foods—flax and chia seeds.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 10 Health Benefits of Honey
    A certain teddy bear from a favorite childhood story always seemed to be getting him in trouble searching for his favorite food.
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • Kale vs. Spinach: Which Leafy Green is King?
    Are you faced with a leafy green conundrum at the grocery store or farmer’s market? We know that dark leafy green veggies are good for us, but I get a lot of readers asking if...
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice
  • 6 Lesser Known, Health-Boosting Beans
    Do you tend to stick to the same dried or canned black and kidney beans every time you make chili or soup?
    Diet and Nutrition News & Advice