Healthy Lifestyles with Amy Layne
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            It’s funny when we realize that something that has been around forever is a miracle in its own right.  In my studies a few years ago I read about the benefits of bee pollen.  It was not until recently that I decided to make it a part of my daily regime.  New and old studies suggest that bee pollen is a world wonder.  It may be just that ‘something’ you should add to your diet.  The benefits of bee pollen are expansive so I am going to try my best to give you as much information as I possibly can!  I do, however; want to remind anyone allergic to bees to avoid using this product.  Always consult a physician if you are unsure. 
            Bee pollen contains 96 different nutrients.  This amazing gift from nature contains every nutrient necessary to sustain human life.  Yes I just said that!  It contains all major antioxidants known to man.  Just to give you an idea, it combines 22 amino acids, vitamin C, B-complex and folic acid, polyunsaturated fatty acids, enzymes, and carotene as well as a number of vital trace elements that we do not make ourselves and need to get from external sources.  These include: iron, zinc, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
            Studies have suggested that 35 grams of bee pollen daily contains all the nutrients for a human body to sustain life.  Here are some other great benefits of bee pollen if consumed regularly:
·      Immune System – Bee pollen contains proteins, mono and polyunsaturated fats, vitamins B, C, D, E, and beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, selenium, nucleic acids, lecithin, and cysteine, all of which have been proven effective in strengthening the immune system.
·      Resistance to Allergies – Because bee pollen contains traces of the substances that can trigger allergic hay fever, some allergists prescribe it to help lower sensitivity to local plant pollens.
·      Stress – The full complex of amino acids, essential fatty acids, and B-vitamins is a natural supplement to help control stress.  When you are purchasing a natural stress-relieving product these are what makeup the product.
·      Increase Energy and Endurance – This powerhouse of essential nutrients helps to sustain our energy and endurance.  Did you know that bee pollen is made up of 40% protein? 
There are many other theories and studies being done on bee pollen.  Some of the other proposed benefits are: brain health, bone density, anti-aging, cancer (post-treatment), circulatory health, digestion and intestinal health, liver health, hormonal balance, prostate health, and skin, hair, and nail renewal.  Basically, everyone can benefit from bee pollen!
            When taking bee pollen start by adding 1 tablespoon twice per day to your daily vitamin regime.  Bee pollen is sweet to the taste so it can be added to shakes, sprinkled on toast, or mixed into oatmeal.  Be sure to store your pollen in the refrigerator and make sure to not add heat.  Like most natural products bee pollen will go rancid if not stored or used properly.  Most health food stores carry bee pollen.  Buying it in capsule or pulverized form is not advised.  In these processes many of the nutrients are broken down and lost.  Buy it in its natural form (small pellets) from a reliable health food store.  I have a ton of information on bee pollen if you would like to contact me with any questions!  As always, I love hearing from you!
Amy Layne