Bee pollen is the male seed of a flower blossom which has been gathered by the bees and to which special elements from the bees has been added. The honeybee collects pollen and mixes it with its own digestive enzymes. One pollen granule contains from one hundred thousand to five million pollen spores each capable of reproducing its entire species.
Pollen forms the main food of the bee larvae (young bees) and because of this nutritious diet, they grow to over 1,000 times their original size within a few days. The worker bee collects pollen as she visits flowers and manipulates the pollen into "pollen baskets" on her back legs.
Bees normally work one type of flower at a time, which fulfils the plant-life's need to receive pollen from other plants of the same species.
Honeybees will travel a two mile radius to retrieve nectar and pollen from flower blooms. The honey bee has hair on each of its hind legs which collects the pollen as she walks around bloom. The pollen will literally ball up on her leg and will usually be about the size of a be-be that you see used in a pellet gun.
Beekeepers keep honey bees in a "hive" or beehive. The beehive consists of a ‘brood chamber’, which is the larger chamber usually located on the bottom, and ‘supers’ which are usually above the brood chamber and can be stacked up to 10 high in a good season. The brood chamber is where the Queen bee will lay eggs to raise brood, therefore giving us the name "brood chamber".
When pollen is collected for human consumption, "pollen traps" are placed on the hive. These traps remove the pollen granules from the leg of the bee and allow it to fall down into a tray for removal by the bee keeper. The honeybee has to crawl up through a series of 1/4" wiring to enter the hive and in the process of doing so, the pollen is scrapped harmlessly from the honeybee's leg and it drops down into the tray for collection later. This pure natural unprocessed bee pollen is then sifted to remove any foreign matter that is frequently found in the hive, ie wings and legs. After removing the non pollen particles by fan, the pollen is freeze dried and ready for resale.
Bee Pollen as Nutrition
Bee Pollen is an extraordinarily complete food, containing almost every nutrient known to man. It contains practically every known protein that is necessary to good health, energy and well-being, and is also a prevention against infections. Among vitamins present in pollen is B12, which is rarely present in vegetable sources. The original Olympic athletes used pollen for extra energy and vitality.
Pollen is reported to be beneficial in treating:
lowered resistance to illness
loss of appetite
weakness and depression
the condition of hair and skin
disturbances of the digestive system
Because pollen products are made from bee-gathered pollen and not wind borne pollen, these products do not aggravate allergies and asthma. Regular treatment with pollen and honey has been shown to reduce and even eliminate hay fever attacks.
Pollen is a very rich food source containing up to 21 Amino acids, many vitamins (A, D, E, B1, choline, C, K, Rutin), minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, aluminium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, lead, silica, phosphorus, chlorine and sulphur) and at least 11 enzymes. Pollen enhances the body’s production of interferon and therefore enhances the immune system. Pollen and Royal Jelly together have been shown to have a very beneficial effect on diabetes symptoms and have had excellent effects on the reduction of depression, stress and anxiety.
Bee Pollen has been shown to be effective against colds and flu, to reduce pain in sufferers of arthritis and rheumatism, to reduce weight gain during the change of life and when taken with Royal Jelly to reduce menstrual pain.