Benefits of Bee Supplements
Bee PollenBee pollen is one of natures healthiest and most potent "superfoods." Bee pollen has been used as a nutritional supplement for thousands of years. In fact, the early Egyptian and early Chinese civilizations both used it as a physical rejuvenator and medicine. Also, more than 2,500 years ago Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician who is recognized as the father of modern medicine, used pollen as a healing substance.
What is Bee Pollen?Bee pollen is the miniscule seed found on the stamen of all flower blossoms. The pollen collects on the legs of honeybees as they travel from flower to flower in search of pollen. The bees secrete unique enzymes into the pollen to create what we know as "bee pollen". The pollen is usually collected by placing a special device at the entrance of beehives that brushes it from the hind legs of the bees into a container.
An amazing thing about bee pollen is that it cannot be synthesized in a laboratory. When researchers take away a bee's own pollen and feed her man-made pollen, the bee dies even though all the known nutrients are present in the lab-produced pollen. Another amazing fact is that one teaspoon dose of bee pollen takes one worker bee 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. It has been known for years that regular consumption of bee pollen can dramatically increase your energy levels & stamina, build up your immunity which can increase your resistance to disease.
What is Bee Propolis?
Propolis is a sticky resin that seeps from the buds of some trees and oozes from the bark of other trees, chiefly conifers. Bees gather propolis, also called "bee glue", and take it home in their pollen baskets. They then blend it with wax flakes secreted from special glands on their abdomens. The bees use propolis to line the interior of brood cells in preparation for the queen's laying of eggs. Due to its antiseptic properties, the bees assure a sterile environment for the rearing of the bees.
Benefits of Bee Propolis
Scientific research reveals that propolis offers antiseptic, antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal, and even antiviral properties. Bee propolis, also known as Russian penicillin, even shows antimicrobial action against streptococcus bacteria. Propolis contains flavonoids, protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Because of these ingredients, it is often used also as a general nutritional supplement, but truthfully it does not contain enough of these nutrients to make a difference.
Bee propolis is a great preventive. The immune system is supported and strengthened by the ingestion of propolis. Recent studies reveal that those who take propolis regularly escape winter colds and sore throats and seem to develop a natural immunity to common viruses, including the various strains of flu. One of the best reasons to take propolis is to help stimulate the body's immune system. Most people now know that chemical antibiotics destroy the good as well as the bad bacteria in the body. If you are constantly taking prescribed antibiotics for one condition after another, you will also notice that the antibiotics do not work as well as in the past. Bee propolis is a natural antibiotic and kills the harmful bacteria without destroying the friendly or good bacteria.
What is Royal Jelly?Royal Jelly is a catalyst that can help to re-establish and maintain the levels of essential nutrients and is quickly absorbed into the body, helping to increase immunity against disease and infection. Royal Jelly is a potent milky fluid made of digested pollen and honey nectar that is mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland in a nurser bee's head. The only difference between a queen bee and the worker bee is that the queen bee's only source of nutrition is Royal Jelly and the worker bees are fed Royal Jelly for only the first three days of their life. It is believed that the Royal Jelly diet is responsible for allowing the queen bee to live 40% longer than worker bees.
Caution: It is possible to have a severe allergic reaction to bee pollen. If you have an allergy to pollen, or are concerned, please proceed with caution.