What is bee pollen? Bee pollen is flower pollen that bees collect for food to feed their queen bee. So what is pollen? Pollen is the powdery substance found on flowers and other seed plants of the male species which produce the sperm cells needed for the plant’s reproductive cycle.
Bee pollen can only be made by bees and their special relationship with the plants during pollination, it cannot be man-made. Most of us take pollination for granted, but without bees pollinating plants, most of the food we eat would not be available to us, either as a result of bees pollinating the fruits and vegetables directly or the plants which animals feed on.
What exactly is pollination?
Pollen is the “male sperm” that plants need to grow more seeds for reproduction and so when a bee lands on a plant to suck it’s nectar, it rubs some of the pollen dust that stuck to it from other plants and this is how a new plant gets pollinated.
The bees feed pollen to their young to grow, and also for their queen. The worker bees drink nectar which is what they use to make honey.
What nutrients does bee pollen contain?
Bee pollen is known as the most perfect food on earth, let’s see why:
- It has all 8 essential amino acids plus the 2 non-essential ones
- 18 vitamins, 25 minerals, 11 enzymes, 14 fatty acids
- high protein, medium carbs, low fat
- better source of protein than beef, eggs and dairy
Besides proving you with more energy to live your day, bee pollen will give you essential trace minerals and enzymes which are important nutrients that are lacking in much of the commercially bought highly processed, low nutrient food most of us eat.
Which bee pollen to avoid
There is a lot of bee pollen collected in China and the United States. In China there is a lot of pollution and little to no regulation with their quality control. In the U.S. the pollen has been found to contain traces of heavy metals and other toxins.
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