I first started taking bee pollen back in 2014. I had read a book called the Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno and in her meal plan it included adding bee pollen to your oatmeal each morning. I didn’t really know whyI had to take bee pollen, but I did just to follow the plan.
I didn’t really love the taste so I started looking up the benefits to justify why I was even eating it.
What is bee pollen?
It is actual pollen that a bee collects from a flower. A bee takes the yellow powder, puts a dab of honey on it to make it a granule, and brings it back to the colony. Beekeepers collect it by putting special combs at the entrance of the hive so that when a bee enters its home, some of the pollen it carries is brushed off and collected.
What are the benefits?
There are COUNTLESS benefits, but I've chosen 6 to share with you today.
1. Helps with weight loss
It stabilizes any imbalances in your metabolism and speeds up your ability to burn calories. It also curbs hunger.
2. It helps with allergies and boosts immune system
I noticed this almost immediately. During allergy seasons, I suffer on my outdoor runs because my nose gets stuffy every 5 min! The only thing that would help was blowing my nose but no one wants to carry used tissues in their sports bra, no one wants to stop running every few min to blow their nose and NO ONE wants to blow “snot rockets” countless times a day. Gross.
It helps with allergies by desensitizing allergens in your body. If you’re super sensitive to pollen I suggest starting with only taking a couple granules of bee pollen at first and building your way up to a teaspoon.
3. Makes your skin flawless (seriously)
I’m all about taking anything to help with my skin. Bee pollen is packed with nutrients, vitamins and enzymes to promote healthy, glowing skin.
4. Gives you energy
It’s full of Vitamin B12 which is basically nature’s happy pill. It boots your mood and helps power you through your workout. One of my roommates from college spent a summer hiking the Long Trail. On her journey, she met another hiker who only ate bee pollen throughout the day to give her body energy and nutrients to hike 20 miles a day. INSANE, right?
5. It reduces inflammation
Can I get an AMEN?! Inflammation is the root cause of almost every single health problem and disease. Taking a teaspoon of bee pollen a day helps your body fight inflammation to keep you healthy and pain-free.
6. Helps reduce menopause symptoms
Something I won’t have to worry about for a long time but come find me in 30 years and I’ll probably be hooked up to an IV of bee pollen. Weight gain, hot flashes and insomnia is something I do NOT look forward to.
What does it taste like?
Kind of like little pebbles of soft chalk—it has a powder -like feel to it. I’m also making it sounds a little worse than it actually tastes but I’m not sure what else to compares. I’ve found that I like it way more in something cold like a smoothie than something hot like oatmeal. Even though it doesn’t taste amazing it really doesn’t taste bad and besides, it’s just one teaspoon. If you absolutely can’t stand it than you can get bee pollen capsules.
Where can I buy it?
Online or in stores like GNC and Whole Foods. I get mine at Whole Foods, it’s hiding in the refrigerated part of the supplement section where they keep the probiotics.
Those little granules of gold can completely transform your health. Whether you want to lose weight or to have more energy, this superfood is the perfect solution. Show your body some love... all it takes is a teaspoon a day.