Pollen is basically the sperm of the plant world. Yes, you read correctly. Bees collect it on their hind legs and use it as their primary protein source. It has 5 to 7 more times the amount of protein than meat, gram for gram. And, is one of the most digestible forms of protein available. Bee pollen is also one of the most dense sources of nutrients in nature, containing almost all factors needed to live. The British Sports Council have documented increases in strength up to 50% in those taking bee pollen. It has been shown to help anemia, constipation, colitis, sinutitis, asthma, and bronchitis. What a powerhouse!
The consumption of royal jelly is the only difference between the queen bee who lays over 2000 eggs in a single day and a worker bee. The queen bee’ s life-span is about 4–5 years whereas the worker bees live about 3 months or less. Does that mean diet is more important than genes? I’ll let you decide …
Propolis is a resin that trees exude to heal and repair damage, and prevent disease. Bees collect this resin to patch up the hive. They also use it as an antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial to keep out viruses, bacteria, and infection. Propolis works wonders in our body fighting sickness and boosting the immune system.
Bees are truly natures givers. They give both pain and pleasure. They harness nature’s gifts and make them usable by us in many forms. Next time you see a bee, try not to run away from it, but perhaps stroke its soft back and express your gratitude for all it has provided.