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Health Benefits Of Bee Pollen

Health benefits of bee pollen

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Bee pollen is a mixture of flower pollen, nectar, enzymes, honey, wax and bee secretions. It has gained traction recently, as it is loaded with nutrients, amino acids, vitamins and lipids.

Key takeaways: 

1. Bee pollen contains flower pollen, nectar, enzymes, honey, wax and bee secretions.

2. It can benefit heart health by reducing blood lipids and cholesterol levels in the blood.

3. It can also reduce inflammation, boost immune function, lower the risk of allergic reactions and protect against chronic conditions (heart disease and diabetes)

 

Nutritional content 

Bee pollen boasts an impressive nutritional profile. The pollens’ content varies depending on the plant source and the season collected, but overall it contains over 250 active compounds, including proteins, carbs, lipids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. In terms of antioxidants, bee pollen is loaded with flavonoids, carotenoids, quercetin, kaempferol and glutathione. They are responsible for protecting our cells against free radicals, potentially harmful molecules that cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

 

Health benefits 

Research on humans is limited, but there is evidence to suggest that bee pollen is associated with many health benefits. In fact, it contains several compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties, including quecertin that lowers the production of inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids such as arachidonic acid. Researchers also found that it may lower the risk of heart disease by reducing risk factors such as high blood lipids and cholesterol. What’s more, studies also found that the pollen may help boost the immune system, by significantly reducing the activation of mast cells. When activated, these cells release chemicals that trigger an allergic reaction. Finally, the antioxidants found in bee pollen may help protect against chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

 

 

WORK CITED:

Denisow B. and Denisow-Pietrzyk M. (2016). Biological and therapeutic properties of bee pollen: a review. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 96(13), pp.4303-4309.

Kieliszek M., Piwowarek K., Kot A. et al. (2018). Pollen and bee bread as new health-oriented products: a review. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 71, pp.170-180.

Khansari N., Shakiba Y. and Mahmoudi M. (2009). Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress as a major cause of age-related diseases and cancer. Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery, 3(1), pp.73-80.

Borbulevych O., Jankun J., Selman S. and Skrzypczak-Jankun E. (2004). Lipoxygenase interactions with natural flavonoid, quercetin, reveal a complex with protocatechuic acid in its X-ray structure at 2.1 A resolution. Proteins, 54(1), pp.13-19.

Ishikawa Y., Tokura T., Nakano N. et al. (2008). Inhibitory effect of honeybee-collected pollen on mast cell degranulation in vivo and in vitro. Journal of Medicinal Food, 11(1), pp.14-20.

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