Collected by bees in the remote low pollution areas of north-west Spain where the area is rich in polliniferous plants, with no intense farming. The Bees only forage on wild flowers, collecting pollen from different kinds of wild citrus and other wild plants; including Heathers, Labiates, Strawberry trees, Oak and Holm Oaks.
Pollen is an exceptionally rich source of food state nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes, DNA, RNA. It has a traditional use as a supporter of vitality and general well-being, with many other health benefits.
Maintenance use: 1 to 3 level teaspoons daily, gradually rising to 1 to 2 dessert spoons daily.
Some sensitive individuals will benefit more from as little as one quarter of a teaspoon daily.
For airborne pollen allergy sufferers: best taken for a few months before the pollen season, to build immunity.
Taking Ionic Liquid Minerals or Mag Sea Ionics in conjunction with pollen can be even more beneficial for sensitive types.
If one considers, for a moment, the true nature of this unique substance that has been used in herbal healing throughout recorded history, it becomes clear that the definition flower pollen is actually a far more accurate term for it than bee pollen. These grains are not an animal product, as the name bee pollen suggests: they are a botanical one.
The small, orange coloured grains found in the stores reveal on close inspection a variety of different colours, and in fact cover every hue of the whole colour spectrum. It is the pollen from untold thousands of wild flowers, herbs, bushes and trees-in which the Mint family plays a major part-that make up these golden granules. Since bees have an intimate relationship with a large segment of flowering plants, notably those that, like them, live in the warmth element, they are privileged to facilitate the accessibility of pollen for their own and for human use (as well as causing pollinisation among flowers themselves in so doing). In the process of gathering nectar, which they turn into honey, flower pollen sticks to their bodies. As much as a bee's weight is carried back to the hive, where it is shaped into grains to become nourishment for the bee larvae. These same pollen grains are the substance used as a nutritive restoring remedy by humans.
Clearly, the processes involved in making this pollen so easily available to us are the result of a beautiful synergy, in the realm of warmth, between flowers and bees. No other botanical in this Material Medica is produced in the same way. Propolis, Royal jelly and honey are the other products of the hive. Unlike flower pollen, however, they are substances processed and produced by the bees themselves-hence, actual bee products.
A glance at Flower pollen's function and indications would seem to suggest that it is nature's answer to virtually every malady known. It has the widest spectrum of effects and uses of any herb. It is true that no organ, system or tissue is unaffected by its influence: its tropism is global. And certainly, when we let the grains dissolve on the tongue, experientially we can distinctly evaluate all five major tastes-in turn sweet, then a bit spicy, after which some salty, sour and bitter unfold in layers. This also attests to pollen's comprehensive effect from the energetic perspective, since each taste has specific properties.
Taking the modern pharmacological tack. A similar picture results. More chemical constituents - 22 in all, are found in flower pollen than in any other botanical, and in higher concentration, on the whole, than in other concentrated nutrients such as royal jelly, microalgae and yeast. The more important of these are ten amino acids, enzymes, and a string of minerals, including trace minerals, all known vitamins, antibiotic substances and steroid hormones. In addition, it is thought that as yet unknown ingredients play a part in determining pollen's total effects.
Should we view flower pollen as the ultimate cure-all? As a latter day elixir of longevity? One thing is certain: It is possibly the finest herb to nourish and supplement in existence. This means that essentially its use is for deficient conditions of any kind. Here it goes deeper than any other. It has been touted as a prime rejuvenating agent by more than one researcher and more than one gerontologist all over the world. Endocrine, nervous, organ and tissue systems are all enhanced through its regular use.
The Russian biologist Nicola Tstisin conducted a survey in Russia to find a common factor in longevity. According to this study, the common factor of all people who lived to be over 100 years old was that they all regularly consumed pollen. This was based on a survey of 150 people.
Pollen possesses an exceptionally high life energy, being the male seed to promote plant growth. It is perhaps not so surprising to learn it contains a (unknown amount) of growth hormone and gonad tropic hormone. These are very expensive nutritional supplements on their own, and possibly the best way to take them is just consume pollen. Find the best dose to suit your self. Currently I am finding one dessertspoon twice daily, taken as part of a balanced nutritional regime (including goat whey powder for a source of food state minerals, and also ionic minerals) is well tolerated.
Category: mild herb with no chronic toxicity
Constituents: 18 proteins 35% (half in free amino acid form incl. 8 essentials) saccharides 40%, fats & oils 5%, 16 mineral & trace minerals 3% (incl. calcium, potassium, phosphorus sodium, sulphur chlorine, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, silica molybdenum boron, titanium), 16 vitamins (B1 & 2, thiamin, biotin, riboflavin, niacin, B6 complex, pantothenic acid, folic acid, choline, inositol, C, D, E. K, rutin, B12), enzymes & co-enzymes (incl amylase diastase, 24 oxidoreductases, 21 transferases, 33 hydrolases, 11 lyases. 5 isomerases, pepsin, trypsm), nucleic acids (DNA & RNA), flavonoids, nucleoside, terpenes, glucose, xanihine, lecithin, lycopin, pentosane, steroid hormones (estrogen & androgen)
Primary: Taste: a bit sweet & pungent & salty & sour & bitter.
Secondary: nourishing, thickening, restoring, dissolving, softening.
Functions and uses of Pollen
Promotes longevity and retards aging, enhances immune potential, constitutional weakness; deficient. Original Qi, premature aging and senility, insufficient cell regeneration
Provides nourishment and replenishes deficiency; restores the blood and essence and increases the qi; promotes growth, enhances sexual desire and generates strength Blood and qi deficiency: chronic fatigue, weakness, palpitations, shortness of breath, anemia, Kidney Essence deficiency: weak knees, dizziness, backache, poor memory, senility, exhaustion or debility due lo any cause, slow physical and mental development in children.
Restores the nerve, brain and heart, balances the circulation; benefits the memory and lifts the spirit; induces rest nerve deficiency: with weakness, oversensitivity, depression heart Qi deficiency: palpitations, chest oppression low or high blood pressure mental exhaustion due to excessive study, etc. poor memory, mental stupor chronic depression of all types insomnia and unrest due to heart Yin/blood deficiency, heart and Kidney Yin deficiency.
Restores the reproductive organs, lenifies irritation and harmonizes urination, genitourinary Qi deficiency (kidney Qi infirmity): frequent scanty urination, prostate enlargement with urgent, frequent painful urination, rectal fullness
Restores the spleen and liver and harmonizes metabolism: promotes assimilation, restrains putrefication and promotes bowel movement. Spleen Qi deficiency: poor appetite, fatigue, loose stool, gastroenteritis, intestinal fermentation with, e.g., intestines damp cold or intestines Qi stagnation, with flatus and distension, malabsorption syndrome, irregular bowel movement of any kind, chronic constipation in all conditions, all metabolic disharmonies.
Promotes cleansing. Clears toxins and resolves toxemia; promotes urination. Softens deposits and dissipates tumors; chelates heavy metals and prompts weight loss, preventive and remedial in autotoxicosis or general toxaemia, including heavy metal poisoning, general fluids disharmony with chronic rheumatic or arthritic conditions, uric acid diathesis, kidney Qi stagnation: dry skin, fetid stool, irritability, general plethora: overweight, water retention, cellulite, hard deposits incl. Urinary and gallstone, arteriosclerosis TUMORS benign and cancerous
Activates immunity, restrains infection, reduces inflammation and clears toxins; promotes tissue repair: relieves allergiespreventive and remedial in epidemics, bacterial infections of urogenital (e.g. prostatitis, cystitis), digestive (e.g. enteritis) and upper respiratory systems (e.g. laryngitis), esp. Colibacilius and salmonella, fire toxin: boils, sores, abscesses, fever, stomach fire: - fetid breath, thirst for cold drinks, heartburn, peptic ulcers due to hyperacidity skin ulcers, sores, scabs, eruptions, burns, wounds, allergies in general and to light flower pollen in particular
Relieves wheezing. Benefits the throat and voice asthmatic breathing in all conditions, sore throat, itchy throat, voice loss
Promotes estrogen, estrogen insufficiency with deficient uterus blood or tone with, e.g. Delayed or absent menses.
Bee Pollen by Dr. Kurt Dansbach (extracts)
When Professor Nicolai Vasilievich Tsitsin, a biologist and experimental botanist associated with the Longevity Institute of the U.S.S.R., did a study of centenarians in the Caucasus mountains of the Russian province of Georgia, he was looking for the common bond that had many Georgians living past 100 years and some reaching as high as 150 years old. Dr. Tsitsin discovered that these oldsters were mostly beekeepers with products from the beehive being their principal food. They kept the raw, unprocessed honey for themselves, and sold off the clear, so-called "pure" honey.
Knowingly or not, they were incorporating one of nature's richest and most nutritionally packed foods into their own diet. It's a food Russia routinely includes as nourishment for that country's competitive international athletes.
After the 1972 Olympics at Munich, it was revealed that Finland's Lasse Viren, winner of the 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter track event, had been eating honeybee pollen regularly for years. Between training and competition, every day he swallows four to ten capsules containing the pollen. Now, all of the Finnish team take honeybee pollen regularly. They sprinkle it on their morning cereal, slip it into tall glasses of freshly squeezed fruit juice, pop it into their mouths as bee pollen pellets, spread it as a honey paste on whole grain bread, or take it in tablet form along with their daily quota of vitamins and minerals.
Many American athletes and Olympic stars depend on honeybee pollen. Muhammed Ali, former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, popped down the pellets during all the years he was actively defending his title. Steve Riddick, U.S. Gold Medalist in the 1976 Olympics, drank the bee pollen in milkshakes and vegetable juice.
Honey bee pollen has the potential to contribute as a major food source for humans. It is a most nutritionally complete food with literally no ill side effects. Honeybee pollen possesses 185 known nutritional ingredients, including twenty-two amino acids (and more of all the eight essential ones by weight than the traditional high protein foods), twenty-seven mineral salts, the full range of known vitamins, plus hormones, enzymes, carbohydrates, and fats. TABLE I provides an analysis of the average bee pollen content. Some of the greatest values of this product from the beehive may stem from elements which are still unknown to science at this time. Also, benefits are derived from the synergistic action of all the known elements working together.
European doctors began to experiment with pollen as a medicinal agent, following the Second World War. They found that it is a strong biological stimulant containing highly therapeutic properties. It has regenerative properties for the human cell. Used in experiments with aging people, pollen seems to restore morale, and return a sense of physical well-being, and bring back physical health, all of which were measurable by laboratory examinations.
Dr. Naum Joirisch, author of Bees in the Service of Humanity, credits bee pollen with improving healing in chronic colitis, disturbances of the endocrine system, and certain nervous disorders. Bee pollen is low in sodium and calories - two very important considerations. Initially pollen contains small quantities of natural sugars, which increase ultimately to 10-15 percent, mainly fructose and glucose, when the bees add nectar to the grains to give them sufficient adherence to form pellets.
Pollen extracts, studied on laboratory animals and later on humans suffering from various diseases, brought about their recovery. (1) The extracts caused rapid weight and energy increases for convalescents. (2) Pollen demonstrated a regulatory action on intestinal functions; both on constipation as well as in cases of diarrhea. (3) Pollen extracts illustrated a calming, tranquilizing, and sedating effect without any side effects. (4) They provided a rapid increase in hemoglobin, especially in cases of anemia. (5) They helped to flush out the impurities and toxins that constantly pile up in capillaries from stress, the taking of drugs, and the various pollutants of modern times. (6) And the pollen extracts allowed more oxygen to reach the body and brain cells by acting almost as an atherosclerotic flushing agent (a chelator). Stamina increased for the individual. Vitality was enhanced for those patients using the extracts on a regular basis.