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Bee Pollen (Polyfloral Raw) 250/500g

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Bee Pollen (Polyfloral Raw) 250/500g

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Bee pollen is one of nature's healthiest and most powerful superfoods, rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids. It has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that strengthen the capillaries, reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system and lower cholesterol levels naturally. Studies have shown that it’s effective in preventing and reversing malnourishment and poor nutrition.


 

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The early Egyptian and Chinese civilizations both used it as a physical rejuvenator and medicine. The Greek physician Hippocrates, recognised as the father of modern medicine, used Bee Pollen as a healing substance over 2,500 years ago. Today natural health practitioners often refer to Bee Pollen as an herbal fountain of youth. It may be nature's most perfect food. One thing is certain: people who consume high-quality Bee Pollen almost always experience an increase zest, and good feelings. This is precisely why thousands of world-class athletes supplement their diets with this natural substance.

Bee Pollen contains an incredible array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids (all twenty two essential), enzymes, co-enzymes, and hormones. It is especially rich in B vitamins and antioxidants, including lycopene, selenium, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and several flavanoids. It is composed of 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein, 3% vitamins and minerals, 2% fatty acids, and 5% other substances. Overall, it's one of the most nutritionally complete natural substances found on earth. When you first start taking Bee Pollen you may feel a significant increase in your energy right away.

What makes up Bee Pollen...

  • 30 percent digestible carbohydrates
  • 26 percent sugars (mainly fructose and glucose)
  • 23 percent protein (including 10 percent of essential amino acids)
  • 5 percent lipids (including essential fatty acids)
  • 2 percent phenolic compounds (including flavonoids)
  • 1.6 percent minerals (including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, silicon and selenium)
  • 0.6 percent water-soluble vitamins and acids (including B1, B2, B6 and C)
  • 0.1 percent fat-soluble vitamins (including vitamins A, E and D)

Longevity
The anti-ageing benefits of Bee Pollen stem from the presence of antioxidants, antioxidants help slow the  ageing process by repairing damaged cells, and generating the growth of new cells, this can lead to clearer firmer looking skin. Athletes take Bee Pollen as it increases strength, energy, speed and endurance, it also provides a quicker recovery from exercise by returning the heart rate to normal. Bee Pollen increases muscle growth and definition, in fact the British sports council found an increase in strength by as much as 40 - 50%in athletes regularly taking bee pollen.
Bee pollen provides marvellous benefits to both the nervous and immune systems of the body, it strengthens the immune system allowing it to fight off foreign invaders such as diseases and infections, it helps the nervous system by protecting nerves and aiding in the function of the entire system It's the dust-sized seed found on the stamen of all flower blossoms.

Healing
Bee pollen can be used as a topical ointment to speed up the healing process, especially useful as a home remedy for burn relief. The pollen includes kaempferol, which inhibits the activity of enzymes after a burn and decreases inflammatory reactions and swelling. Pollen helps improve blood circulation in the vessels, and it moistens the skin. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic action of flavonoids in bee pollen helps relieve pain and prevent platelet aggregation. Pollen also helps prevent infection because of its antimicrobial activity, allowing a wound or burn to heal quickly. (1213)
Because bee pollen is a great source of many vitamins and minerals, it can also help keep your skin looking younger and glowing. It stimulates blood supply to all skin cells, helps detoxify the body, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and speeds up the healing process.

Protects the Liver
One 2013 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that chestnut bee pollen protects hepatocytes from the oxidative stress and promotes the healing of liver damage caused by toxicity. Rats with carbon tetrachloride-induced liver damage were separated into two groups — one group took two different concentrations of chestnut bee pollen orally (200–400 milligrams per kilogram a day), and one group was given silibinin, a medication that contains flavonoids. The researchers detected that both treatments reversed the liver damage, but silibinin caused significant weight loss and death due to severe diarrhea when given to rats. These findings suggest that bee pollen is a safe alternative to the silibinin in the treatment of liver injuries and can be part of a liver cleanse. (5)

Immunity
Bee pollen has antimicrobial and antiviral properties. A 2014 study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology evaluated the biological actives of eight commercial bee pollen purchased from the market. All of the samples exhibited antimicrobial activity. Staphylococcus aureus was the most sensitive to bee pollen, and candida glabrata was the most resistant. (6) Bee pollen may also be a natural allergy fighter. A 2008 study conducted in Japan investigated the effect of bee pollen on mast cell activation, which plays a central role in various allergic diseases. The researchers performed in vivo and in vitro experiments and found that bee pollen does have anti-allergic action because of its ability to inhibit the activation of mast cells, which plays an important role in the early and late phases of allergic reactions. (7)

Relieves Menopausal Symptoms
A 2015 study conducted in Germany found that both honey and bee pollen honey improved menopausal complaints in breast cancer patients on antihormonal treatment. Over two-thirds of the patients who completed the study reported an improvement in their symptoms. Researchers suggest that bee pollen and honey may be offered to women who have failed to respond to other alternatives to cope with postmenopausal symptoms. 

Relaxing mind and body
Because of bee pollen’s nutritional and tonic properties, it improves blood supply to nervous tissue, boosting mental capacity and strengthening the nervous system that may be weakened by stress. That makes it one of the most effective natural stress relievers. It may be particularly useful for people with a lack of energy, especially the elderly. Even small doses of bee pollen over an extended period of time can improve mood and physical endurance, thereby strengthening one’s desire to live. It also serves as a local analgesic, giving it the ability to relieve pain that can be brought on by stress or injury. (11)

Digestion
Bee Pollen aids in digestion allowing the body to absorb the healing qualities of the other supplements and medications you are taking much faster, it also helps by destroying harmful intestinal bacteria which can be the cause of many horrible infections. Further benefits of Bee Pollen in the stomach especially to someone looking to lose weight, is that it reduces cravings so you eat less, yet still feel satisfied, experiments have shown that people who take bee pollen decrease their daily intake of food by fifteen to twenty percent. Bee Pollen will also give you increased energy levels so you'll want to get up and exercise rather than lounge around. 

Inflammation
The anti-inflammatory activity of bee pollen has been compared to drugs, such as naproxen, analgin, phenylbutazone and indomethacin. Researchers suggest that it can be used in acute and chronic inflammatory conditions, initial degenerative conditions, and liver disease or toxicity. A 2010 study published in Pharmaceutical Biology found that honeybee pollen displayed significant anti-inflammatory activities when given to mice with acetaminophen-induced liver necrosis. (2)

Another study conducted in 2010 investigated the anti-inflammatory effect of bee pollen bulk, its water extract and its ethanol extract by a method of carrageenan-induced paw edema in rats. The results indicate the bulk mildly suppressed the paw edema while the water extract showed almost no inhibitory activity. The ethanol extract showed potent anti-inflammatory activity, and researchers suggest that it can used as a dietary supplement and as a functional food. (3)

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  • Bee Pollen (Polyfloral) 100% Natural
  • Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free. 
  • Organic at source = Our supplier has certified them organic, but Ancient Purity does not register its products as organic. We add nothing and take nothing out. 

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  • Before using Bee Pollen for the first time try just 1 tiny grain, this is due to some people experiencing minor allergic reactions.
  • Once you've successfully tried a small amount you can start using more we recommended about a tablespoon daily, you can use more if you like but its best to build up gradually.
  • Bee Pollen works well blended into smoothies (our preferred method) or other drinks, straight off the spoon as a snack or even sprinkled over your morning cereal.

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  • Size: 500g
  • Origin: Romania 
  • Container: Kraft Paper Pouch
  • Storage: Store in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children. 
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 2 years.

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Q -  How is the Bee Pollen collected?
A - The pollen collects on the legs of honeybees as they move from flower to flower looking for nectar. The bees secrete nectar and special enzymes into the flower pollen to create what we know as bee pollen. The pollen is usually collected by placing a special device at the entrance of beehives that brushes it from the hind legs of the bees into a collection vessel. No harm is caused to the Bee's at all. (See our Bee Pollen collected in the video)

Q -  How long is it since the Bee Pollen was harvested, and is it freeze-dried?
A - The pollen is essentially harvested-to-order and will never be 2 months on from that process (rarely even close to 2 months). It is not freeze-dried at any point.

Q - Can people who are allergic to bees and bee stings take bee pollen and other bee products?
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The allergy is to the venom, not to the bee or its pollen, so most people will be fine. 0.1% of the population will have a problem taking bee products, but the vast majority won’t. However, as with any new supplement, especially if you are known to have sensitivities, begin taking it gradually, and make sure that you are not having any adverse reactions. If your reactions are known to be severe or life-threatening it is advisable to check with your physician prior to beginning on such a supplement.

Q - Can Bee Pollen be taken during pregnancy?
A - Yes, our Bee Pollen is a food and provides many of the nutrients needed in pregnancy but doesn't substitute for a balanced diet.

Q - Can Bee Pollen be taken with allergies?
A - This is dependent on the person and the type of allergies. Those people who have pollen sensitivities and do not tolerate inhaled pollens may be able to take our pollen because it is swallowed rather than breathed in. Others may be sensitive and develop a slight rash generally on the arms and at other times stomach upsets. These reactions are rare and pollen is normally very well tolerated but it is recommended that people with known allergies to pollen proceed with caution and take a reduced dose.

Q - Can Bee Pollen be taken with other medication and vitamin supplements?
A - Yes, there are no contraindications with other medications or vitamin supplements including medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, hormone replacements, bronchodilators etc. If the person wishes to continue with their vitamin mineral supplement they can do so but may find after a period of time on both the Bee Pollen will provide all the nutrition necessary and they can drop the additional vitamins. Those women taking additional calcium may wish to continue with that supplement.

Q - Can an asthmatic take Bee Pollen?
A - Yes in general, our Bee Pollen is ingested as opposed to inhaled and generally doesn't create a problem with asthmatics. In some very infrequent instances the Pollen will induce mild asthmatic symptoms if the trigger factors for asthma include pollens. It is suggested that the person concerned starting on Bee Pollen capsules start with just a small pinch a day over a week to assess if suitable and watch for a tight chest and wheezing in that week then increase to normal dose of two capsules a day when ready.

Q - Can a diabetic take Bee Pollen?
A - Yes, there are no sugars or carbohydrates in our Bee Pollen that will affect a diabetic.

Q - Does Bee Pollen cause acne?
A - It is unlikely but certainly possible. The thing you have to remember is that everyone responds to nutrients very differently and this may be your initial response. However we have never seen or heard of anyone taking pollen and having this happen. If it happens stop taking it for a week or until the pimple goes away. Once your skin is perfectly clear again, resume taking the bee pollen. If it reoccurs, then you've got your answer!

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