Posted by: Tai ()
Date: November 03, 2018 12:17AM
What do you think of bee pollen? I never got into it before. My curiosity got piqued because I met a bee rescuer. I only view honey as something to be used very rarely, such as a preservative for herbal medicine. using honey as a sweetener is so unaware, when there are dates and other sweet foods. In herbal medicine, we need beeswax occasionally for ointments.
Conventional bee products are cruel to bees because a large percentage of bees die from farmers stealing their honey and replacing it with sugar water. Conventional practices also use antibiotics, as bees can be dirty and sick, because they can land on excrement. Conventional farming treats bees as a commodity and should be avoided.
However, the small farmers don't treat bees like that. I met a farmer at the farmers market who rescues bees, such as when a business is ready to kill a hive for landing on the property. This farmer has relocated many hives over the years to save them from death. I don't eat honey, but I felt like supporting him, so I bought some bee pollen. I asked him if the bees would bring in pollen from flowers that had been sprayed with pesticides. he said the drone bees won't let in poisoned food. This farmer doesn't replace the bee's food with sugar water. he just only takes extra honey away. So some bee products are ethical.
I had a rescued beehive for a while. A business was going to kill it and the hive was relocated to the garden. The bees collected the pollen from all the trees in the garden and I tasted their honey. It tasted like my garden and all the flowers I had, including loquat. My experience is that occasionally there is too much honey and some needs to be removed from the hive to make space, while other times, the bees need all their honey. The bee keeper determines if some needs to be removed. Anyway, it seems that bees can share a little of their food with humans and there can be mutual cooperation. I liked my bees. They were gentle and sweet.
This man talks about a study that shows 100% of the participants were cured of hay fever after 3 years of taking bee pollen every day. Does anyone know this study?
Re: Bee pollen?
Posted by: Tai ()
Date: November 03, 2018 12:32AM
Bee pollen has helped millions of people overcome hay fever and seasonal allergies-to pollen. Just why eating pollen should stop allergies to pollen is the subject of a lot of discussion, so here are the most frequently asked questions about using bee pollen to bring seasonal allergies under control.
Q. Wait a minute. Doesn't pollen cause allergies?
A. Windborne pollen is the source of hay fever and other seasonal allergies.
The kind of pollen that bees collect, however, is not the kind of pollen that is blown in the wind. This pollen sticks to the flower and sticks to the bee.
Q. Is eating bee pollen like taking allergy shots? That is, do you build up resistance to the pollens that cause your allergies by eating tiny amounts of them with the bee pollen?
A. No, for one very good reason. The pollen that bees collect is usually not the same pollen that causes allergies. The anti-allergy benefits of the pollen derive from its antioxidants.
Q. What are these antioxidants in bee pollen that fight allergies?
A. The main anti-allergy compound in bee pollen is quercetin. This antioxidant is found in many fruits and vegetables, but it is especially abundant in bee pollen. Quercetin stops inflammation caused by neutrophils, the white blood cells activated in response to an allergen. It also blocks the action of an enzyme called hyalouronidase, which breaks down collagen around an allergy-provoking pollen grain trapped in the lining of the nose.
A clinical trial in Japan found that quercetin is twice as effective as a medication called cromolyn sodium, sold as Nalcrom, when taken in the same concentration. The advantage of fighting allergies with bee pollen is that you don't have the drowsiness, drug interactions, and other side effects that are such a problem with both over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications.
Q. When do I start taking bee pollen to fight allergies?
A. Take a small amount of bee pollen (1 teaspoon or 8 grams a day) all year around. Then about a month before your regular allergy season, start taking 2 or 3 teaspoons of bee pollen every day, or an equivalent dosage in bee pollen wafers or capsules. With bee pollen, more is better. Since your body is responding to the antioxidants in the bee pollen rather than changing the way the immune system responds to pollen, you don't have to start small and work up to a full dose. You can fight allergies with full force.
Q. Are there any other supplements that will help?
A. Yes. Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C every day during your allergy season. Vitamin C is a co-factor for the quercetin bee pollen provides. Together, bee pollen and vitamin C will help you experience fewer allergy seasons throughout your allergy season.
Once in a great while someone has an allergy not to bee pollen but some flavoring or preservative used in the bee pollen product. To make sure you don't have these kinds of reactions to your bee pollen product, try a single dose of one scant teaspoon (2-3 grams) of bee pollen or one pill or one capsule, and wait 24 hours. If you don't experience any adverse reactions, then you can take the full dose. If you have any kind of allergic reaction to the product yourself, return it for a full refund.
Re: Bee pollen?
Posted by: brome ()
Date: November 04, 2018 04:08PM
A very good book about the spiritual side of bee keeping is Song of Increase:
Keeping honey bees is a very good thing to do to understand the beauty and spirit of the bees - and all insects. And since you are working hard to help the bees, building a hive, protecting them from predators, etc. it is fair to take some of their honey. Overall the bees benefit from this relationship, as you do too.
Re: Bee pollen?
Posted by: la_veronique ()
Date: November 14, 2018 10:07AM
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