The pollen collected by bees is particularly rich in proteins, antioxidants, vitamins and trace elements. Particularly digestible, it has a stimulating and anti-fatigue effect in humans. People with digestive disorders benefit from consuming it.
“Dry pollen against digestive disorders”
Pollen is the colored powder found at the heart of flowers, it is the male reproductive element of flowers. First of all, the bees transport it in the form of “balls” whose color varies according to the flowers gathered. These balls are made up of tiny grains of pollen attached to the hind legs of the workers on small “combs”.
Each ball of pollen resulting from the foraging by a bee of hundreds of flowers, is made up of several million grains and weighs between 15 to 25 mg! The worker bee brings back two on each flight. In each hive, 15,000 to 30,000 foragers fly every fine day, each performing six to fifteen flights daily…
A hive collects 30 to 50 kg of pollen per year.
The pollen collected by bees is digestible and has a stimulating and anti-fatigue effect
First of all, the harvest is carried out using a “Pollen trap” whose operation is simple. Most often it is integrated into the floor of the hive (bottom hatch), but there are hatches placed at the entrance of the hive, which are less effective.
The entrance to the hive is obstructed by a grid comprising holes 5 mm in diameter allowing the passage of a single bee per hole at a time. Then the harvest recovered in a drawer can reach from 2 to 5 kg of dry pollen per hive and per year for an estimated efficiency of the traps of the order of 10% of the total real harvest of the hive which corresponds to 30 to 50 kg of pollen collected per year on average.
Finally, the pollen will have to undergo cleaning after its harvest to remove impurities: this is the sorting, most often manual, of the pollen collected by the beekeeper. Automatic methods exist in companies.
The pollen can be dried by exposure to natural heat away from the sun on sieves, or in an oven for about 24 hours at 40°C, leading to partial dehydration of the pollen collected. The humidity of the pollen is then at 4 – 5% for a reduction of 20% of its total weight. This last method tends to keep a maximum of quality in the pollen, whose balls are much less hard than those treated by heat or dried naturally.
Most of the time, pollen is sold in dry form, packaged in glass jars or sachets containing 125 or 250 g of dry pollen.
Pollen mixed with a fruit salad, compote or dessert
A natural synergy of action exists between pollens and fruits! Pollen mixes very easily with many foods and thus contributes to your food hygiene. The presence of dry pollen improves mixed salads, greens, soups, various culinary preparations, including frozen desserts. Likewise, pollen-enriched fruit compotes are a simple, healthy and enjoyable way to consume dried pollen.
Dry pollen stimulates gastric function
Pollen is a natural food supplement rich in essential nutrients. The pollens have different compositions depending on the floral origin and reflect all the qualities. All contain to varying degrees: proteins: pollen is extremely rich in proteins (in some pollens, there are more than in meat), it is the ideal food for the growth of bee larvae.
Many vitamins, various trace elements, natural antioxidants (polyphenols, carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, rutin), products that reduce cholesterol absorption, etc.
Pollen is a natural food supplement rich in essential nutrients. The pollens have different compositions depending on the floral origin and reflect all the qualities. All contain to varying degrees: proteins: pollen is extremely rich in proteins (in some pollens, there are more than in meat), it is the ideal food for the growth of bee larvae. Many vitamins, various trace elements, natural antioxidants (polyphenols, carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, rutin), products that reduce cholesterol absorption, etc.
Drying and heat as well as light increase the degradation of most vitamins which are thermolabile and photosensitive. The same applies to antioxidants and polyunsaturated lipids, hence the interest in using fresh pollen.
It is because of their nutritional richness and their wide range of active ingredients that pollens act on the digestive system, by stimulating gastric functions. In the same way, they reduce fatigue, stress, circulatory problems, stimulate immune defenses.
Avoid of course in case of proven allergy to pollens and/or bee products.
The doses are 15 to 20 g per day for adults and 12 to 15 g for adolescents 12 to 16 years old. We generally do two annual cures for two to three months.
BEE BREAD: full of enzymes and amino acids
Moreover, collected from the flowers, the fresh pollen is first deposited and packed by the foragers in the cells of the wax frames of the hive. Then, during this work, the workers combine the pollen with nectar enriched with enzymes. Finally, the natural presence in the hive of lactobacillus triggers a fermentation process which releases and transforms the components of the pollen into the cell.
When it is offered for sale, it is extracted directly from the cells of the frames by the beekeeper and does not undergo any physical or thermal transformation. It’s hard to find.
Bee bread contains, among other things, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, enzymes, trace elements, vitamins, bacterial flora, yeasts and essential amino acids. As a result, it is highly recommended for regulating digestion.
Dr. Albert BECKER President of the AFA Francophone Association of Apitherapy
Doctor Albert Becker: dry pollen against digestive disorders