Honey & Bee Pollen Benefits

The benefits of honey and honey bees have been known for thousands of years and still we’re learning more all the time.  Here we post links to articles pertaining to bees and products from the hive.  If you encounter an interesting piece, please contact us so we can include it here.  The information on honey is divided into 4 main categories: Allergy Related, Health Benefits, Wound and Skin Benefits, and General Information. In addition, below the honey-related information, you’ll find very detailed information on the usage and benefits of bee pollen.

Allergy Related

Click here to read,Can you fight allergies with local honey

Article titled, Local Honey and Allergies

Check out this link for a good explanation of why honey can help your allergies: http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/allergy-treatments/local-honey-for-allergies2.htm

Health Benefits

Study by the National Cancer Institute released 1/2013 discusses the promise of bee venom destroying cancerous tumors, titled, “Tiny “Nanobee” Particles Deliver Cell-Killing Bee Toxin to Tumors in Mice”

A  2013 study of Manuka Honey and Taxol working together to fight cancer

Research study about Honey and cancer

Read how honey eases nighttime coughing for kids

Wounds and Skin Benefits

PDF version of an article about honey used to cure wounds: Honey Treatment Dating Back to Sumerians Saves Limbs

General Information

Great facts about honey and bees (fantastic for kids, and adults!) Print this! Trivia questions and answers

Fresh, Local Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is considered one of nature’s most complete foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollen is rich in proteins (40% protein), free amino acids, minerals, vitamins, folic acid, extra-ordinarily rich in most of the B vitamins & contains only a few calories per serving. Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.  It is one of the 22 most recommended food energies in the world.

Daily variation in pollen

Studies have shown that a regular consumption of bee pollen can dramatically increase your energy levels and stamina, relieve allergy symptoms and clear sinuses, support healthy digestion, increase immunity and resistance to disease, lower LDL cholesterol levels, aid prostrate health, aid weight loss, rejuvenate skin health, protect veins (even reducing varicose veins), and more.

What exactly is bee pollen?  Pollen is an ultrafine powder made in the stamen (male part) of flowers and plants. Bees travel from plant to plant collecting pollen. During collection, the bees pack the ultrafine pollen powder into small pellets. They use the pollen to feed their young. Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems can be cleared.

One teaspoonful of pollen takes a bee one whole month to gather (working eight hours a day) and contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen.  Beekeepers are able to remove pollen from hives without harming the bees or disturbing their routine.

How Should Bee Pollen Be Consumed?   

  • Mix in with yogurt or lemon juice and it will ‘open the shell’ and allow more nutrients to be easily absorbed.
  • Great as “sprinkles” on your favorite dessert, yogurt, honey toast, oatmeal or cereal.
  • Hand stir bee pollen into your smoothies after they have been blended.
  • Grab a handful for an energizing pick-me-up.

Storage and Dosage:     In an attempt to keep the product as close to nature as possible, we do not dehydrate the pollen that we collect, so keep bee pollen in sealed container in the freezer.  Initially ingest a few pellets and observe to insure there is no adverse (allergic) reaction.  Gradually increase intake to ½ to 1 teaspoon per day, or more if desired.

Great Website to Learn more about Bee Pollen