When I first started seeing been pollen used at a Super Food it was at a smoothie and bowl place up in Santa Barbara, CA. I always try something once, so I decided to keep the topping on my acai bowl and research the reasoning behind incorporating pollen later. What I found was actually pretty fascinating, and it became something I regularly stocked up on when I was at the natural food store.
So, what is it and where do we get it? Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is actually the male seed of flowers. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods because it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. The ‘essential components of life” these tiny beads contain include: proteins, free amino acids, B-complex vitamins and folic acid.
When used as part of a human diet, bee pollen increases high-density lipoproteins (HDL), decreases low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and normalizes blood serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Been pollen has been shown to reduce cravings (therefore aiding in weight loss), helps with muscle repair and recovery for working out, helps in cellular growth, improves allergy relief, and also benefits fertility by helping along egg production.
All in all, I have yet to find research that states anything harmful in regards to bee pollen. I believe it’s another form of nature’s vitamins that is an easy way to add nutritional value to your meal and overall diet.
I recommend starting small, ½ to 1 teaspoon at first, and working your way up to 1-2 teaspoons daily. It is an acquired taste and is not easily disguised in foods. I have found blending it in my smoothies or sprinkling it on top of yogurt or smoothie bowls with other toppings has been the best way to combat the texture and taste.
You can purchase bee pollen at a natural health food store or even online. If you are not willing to invest in it just yet, find a smoothie or juice bar that offers it as a topping and see what you think.
What are some super foods you have found and added to your diet?