Is it just me, or is the seasonal pollen driving you nuts? It really triggers my allergies and turns my black car to a shade of yellow! All this sneezing makes me hate pollen season, but a blog post by Lululemon gave me a new appreciation for bees and their ability to create this yellow-y powder.
Turns out bee pollen contains all of the nutrients necessary for human survival. It's loaded with protein, antioxidants, and all 22 amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, calcium, zinc, iron, and folic acid. Some nutritionists even go as far to say that you could live on bee pollen alone. Now, I'm not about to give up all my yummy foods and live solely on bee pollen, but I will definitely give it a try (in my smoothies or sprinkled on yogurt) because look at these amazing benefits!
- Rid Yourself of Seasonal Allergies - Including bee pollen in your regular diet will actually help you build a tolerance against it so when those seasonal allergies strike, you'll be well-equipped. Bee pollen contains quercetin, a flavanoid which is known to minimize or neutralize histamine responses.
- Clear Up Skin Imperfections - The amino acids and vitamins in bee pollen protect the skin and help to regenerate cells. In addition, topical products containing bee pollen are often used for anti-aging benefits. Mix 1 tbsp of pollen with 1 tbsp of pure she button. Apply the mixture to your skin, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Watch your skin go from dull and lifeless to glowing and vibrant!
- Leave Out all that Extra Protein Powder - Bee pollen is one of nature's most nourishing foods and is a natural source of protein! One teaspoon contains more amino acids than eggs.
- Imune System Boost - Bee pollen boosts your immune system, because it rids your body of dangerous toxins and chemicals. Bee pollen also stimulates the metabolism which promotes weight loss!
- Beat the Mid-Day Slump - Anyone else ever hit the 3:00 wall? We all need an afternoon pick-me-up, which is usually when we turn to that second coffee or a sweet treat. Put out your pollen jar instead! The carbs, protein, and vitamin B make it a natural energizer.
Slight disclaimer, purchase your bee pollen from your local bee keeper (or Whole Foods!) to ensure your pollen is free from pesticides and chemicals. Also... bee pollen can cause a severe allergic reaction in people who are traditionally allergic to bees