(NaturalNews) Honey Bee pollen, propolis, and Royal Jelly are considered super foods. There are those who swear by their rejuvenating and energizing benefits. And there are some who dismiss those claims while mentioning allergic reaction dangers. This article intends to shed some light on those honeybee products.
Defining honey bee super foods
Bee pollenis a granular composite of pollen from various plants and flowers compacted with a sticky substance from the bee. It’s usually collected by bee keepers. As bees return to and enter the hive, special openings obtain the bees’ collected pollen from their leg sacs.
Each grain of bee pollen, visually similar to a raw steel cut oat, is a composition of elements that cannot be synthetically reproduced. Bees fed synthetic bee pollen die. Yet naturally created bee pollen is what is fed to the hive’s bees.
Bee pollen has been used for anti-aging, overall health, but mostly energy boosting. Some swear by it, and others swear at it because they don’t get the expected results. This is true with many nutrient super foods. Nevertheless, some research scientists have called bee pollen a perfect food.
Propolis is often called bee glue because it is produced by worker bees to assemble, protect, or repair their hives. They produce it by combining tree resins with pollen, beeswax, and nectar.
Even naysayers and quack watchers acknowledge lab research that cites propolis’ ant-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-tumor aspects. Propolis is medicinal and has been used for centuries. Today it is commonly used for colds, flu, and other minor ailments.
Royal Jellyis secreted by worker bees and fed to bee larvae for the first three days. But the queen bee feeds on it for life, thus the name Royal Jelly. Some holistic health practitioners claim it’s useful for a variety of serious health conditions, including hepatitis, asthma, arthritis, ulcers, and kidney disease.
There are no clinical trials to substantiate those medicinal claims or results. But most agree that Royal Jelly is a very nutritious dietary supplement. As a supplement, overall health and anti-aging are considered Royal Jelly’s benefits.
Combining all honey bee products into one
Perhaps the best way to get the most benefits is to combine the three items explained into one supplement product. And those three in a base of honey make it a four ingredient bee product.
You would be getting all 22 amino acids in one natural food. Though you can get all 22 amino acids in any one of the bee foods mentioned in this article, the synergistic value of combing all three or four is considered optimum by many.
Other nutritional benefits are the B vitamins, most of the other vitamins, and most essential minerals. Rita Elkins, author ofHealing from the Hive, and J.S Taylor, author ofPower of the Beehive, both wrote of a special synergy that cannot be reproduced in laboratories from combining all four bee products.
Manuka honey alone is even used in some New Zealand hospitals to help prevent super bug infections. (http://www.naturalnews.com/032079_m…).
And without pollen residue, honey is not honey. Even the FDA says that. (http://www.naturalnews.com/034123_h…).
Words of caution
A few people are very allergic to bee venom and bee products. Sometimes their allergic reactions produce extreme shock. If unsure, try a small amount of any of the bee products to determine whether you’re allergic or not. Sneezing or developing a rash or any negative reaction is an indication that you may be allergic.
Otherwise, make sure your bee products come from pristine, relatively unpolluted areas.
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