What is the Deal with Bee Pollen

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Pollen is the male reproductive cells produced by the anther of a seed plant. Seed plants depend on pollens to fertilize. Upon fertilization, a grain of pollen can grow into tens of thousands times its original size within a few days, showing how highly nutritive it is.

Wind-pollinated flowers are fertilized by pollen carried by the wind. Pollen from these flowers are smoother, smaller in size, and dry. They tend to cause pollen-related diseases and therefore inappropriate for human consumption.

The pollen from flowers of insect and bee-pollinated plants are richer in nutrients and safe for human consumption. Bees use their fore legs to harvest the pollen grains and mix them with nectar and saliva they secrete to form pollen balls. These are stored in their hind legs and taken back to the beehive as their staple food. Bee larvae are fed with these pollen balls and their body-size can grow a thousand folds within several days after birth.

What is in a Grain of Pollen?

According to research works carried out by nutritionists, the wide spectrum of nutrients provided by a grain of pollen is unmatchable to any single food on earth. It has been proven that pollen contains up to 200 different types of nutritive components. The main ones are:

1. More than 16 vitamins
Pollen is rich in vitamins of high bio-availability, including vitamins A, C, D, E, K, M, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, B9 (folic acid or folate), nicotinic acid and inositol. They can be readily absorbed and digested by our body.

2. More than 16 minerals
Pollen contains trace elements and a wide variety of minerals including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, iron, copper, sodium, calcium and titanium.

3. More than 21 amino acids
Amino acids are the fundamental building blocks of protein. More than half of the types of protein molecules contained in pollen exist in the form of free amino acids, which can be directly absorbed into our body without having to go through the digestive processes.

4. More than 28 nucleic acids
These include nucleotide (which makes up the structural units of DNA and RNA) and purine.

5. More than 96 enzymes and coenzymes
These include amylase (starch enzyme) and proteinase (protein enzyme), which are helpful in effectively breaking down food molecules, and vital in our metabolic processes.

6. Carbohydrates
These include many types of simple sugar such a monosaccharides and disaccharides, which give our body the energy it needs to fuel our activities.

What is a Good Quality Pollen?

There are many pollen products available in the market. Which brand has the nutrients as listed above? Yung Kien Pollen.

It uses pollen grains collected by honeybees. In ensuring 100% bio-availability of the nutrients, raw pollen grains are subject to safety and hygienic processes to get rid of any impurities and bacteria before being extracted under the most stringent temperature and humidity controls. It is absolutely free from artificial chemicals, additives, preservatives, or any other substances not originated from the pollen itself.

(Source: Natural Pollen, published by Double Crane Enterprise (Taiwan) Co Ltd)

If you are looking to purchase a high quality pollen, choose Yung Kien Pollen. Please email me at askfuiping@gmail.com to buy. Click here to refer to Shuang Hor company website for Product Description and Price.