By Dr. Andrew Jones
Bee Pollen is the food of the young honey bee. It is very nutrient dense containing: all essential amino acids ( 40% protein), over 20 minerals ( calcium, magnesium and iron), over 10 vitamins vitamins (B, C, E and D), enzymes and 14 beneficial fatty acids.
There are a number of health claims, and many of these are now being backed by science. All these antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other components are working together to help the heart, skin, immune system and fight cancer.
Here are some specific benefits
Heart and Lungs: Bee pollen contains large concentrations of rutin, a bioflavonoid that is known to help blood vessels, circulation, protect the heart, and decrese the chance of stroke.
Weight Loss/Energy. It is high in protein, and increasingly used by those in the gym to increase muscle mass, increase energy, potentially increasing metabolism and helping with weight loss.
Allergies/Skin Disease. This is the condition that it is getting the most recognition about. It is thought that topically applied it stimulates new skin tissue growth; great for injuries. People are finding it helpful for aging skin. In animals I believe the biggest benefits is orally. Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, decreasing symptoms. Dr. Leo Conway, M.D of Denver Colorado, reported that 94 percent of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with oral feeding of pollen.
Immune Support. There are many nutrients in the pollen which can help boost the immune system. Dr Mercola of mercola.com claims that bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses. It’s also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.
Gastrointestinal System – Bee pollen contains multiple enzymes which are believed to help in digestion. The enzymes help your pet break down the food properly, so they can get all the nutrients from the food.
Doses: these vary, 1 tablespoon per 100 lbs for dogs. Start with a very small dose and work up from there over a couple of weeks.
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Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
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