Health Benefits & Use of Bee Pollen & Honey | Vancouver, BC

From Corbicula to You

Honey bees spend their days foraging nectar and pollen. Pollen is used as a protein source to nourish their young larvae in the hive. As bees travel to flowers collecting nectar from deep within each plant, they are dusted with pollen which they compact using nectar and store on their hind legs known as their Corbicula. Once back at the hive, the bees will use their head to squish the pollen into their hexagon cells, mixing it with even more nectar to compact it and store for later use. The final product is known to beekeepers as Bee Bread. It will ferment and preserve itself for feeding to the young larvae later on.
Honey bees are HUGE HOARDERS, meaning they collect more than they need when it comes to honey and pollen. This is why beekeepers harvest from honeybees over any other bee species.
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Pollen Facts

  • Comes from male plants
  • Can contain up to 188 different kinds of fungi & 39 kinds of bacteria
  • Can contain up to 22 different amino acids
  • Can carry more protein than beef by weight
  • Each grain is coated in a teeny tiny husk

The Nutrients of Bee Pollen

  • 20-40% simple sugars
  • 20-60% protein
  • 4% minerals & vitamins
  • 10% essential amino acids
  • 5% lipids (fatty acids)
  • 5% phenolic compounds

Health Benefits

Bee Pollen is a great source of plant based nutrition.

  • Multivitamin: Bee Pollen is high in and high in Vitamins A, B and C.
  • Minerals: Bee Pollen contains up to 22 amino acids
  • Immunity: Can help boost immunity, keeping you healthy year round. Known to help with inflammation, healing of wounds and sores, and with menopause.
  • ​Energy: A natural way to keep you energized in the morning, after the gym and throughout the day. Works as a great dietary element to help kick mid day cravings!
  • Allergies: 3 out of 5 people who consume Bee Pollen leading up to the spring season have said to have reduced effects of Spring and Summer allergies. By consuming LOCAL Bee Pollen regularly you can build up a resistance in your body to help hay fever. 

    Proven Benefits

    Bee pollen has been clinically proven to help with the following conditions:
    • Hay fever
    • Asthma
    • Lowering cholesterol
    • De-toxifies
    • Protects liver (hangover helper!)
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Dietary supplement (ditch your synthetic multi-vitamin)

    We love science, so if you want to read what the researchers say click here!

    How to Store Your Pollen

    Your pollen has been gently dried at hive temperature so there is no need to worry about it going off, however in order to preserve all those beneficial nutrients as long as possible, it's best to keep in the fridge or freezer once you've gotten home.  

    How to Store Your Honey

    You can store your honey in your kitchen cupboard!  All raw honey crystallizes, some people love their honey liquid, some people love their honey hard, some people like it somewhere in between!  If your honey does crystallize and you prefer it to be liquid, gently warm it up through a water bath.  Bring water to light simmer, add the jar to the water (not above the lid), and take the water off the burner.  Allow the water to cool and the honey to de-crystalize in the hot water.  Depending on how hard your honey is, it may take longer or more than once to return completely to liquid.  Do not overheat your honey or you will damage beneficial enzymes.

     

    For reasons we do not understand, some infants get botulism when the spores get into their digestive tracts, grow, and produce the toxin. Honey can contain the bacteria that causes infant botulism, so do not feed honey to children younger than 12 months. Honey is safe for people 1 year of age and older.

    Allergic Reactions:

    Pollen is a common allergen so take a few precautions before diving into this new superfood:

    1) Place one bee pollen granule under your tongue

    2) Let it dissolve completely.  It is now absorbing rapidly through your mucus membrane directly into your bloodstream.

    3) If you experience no reaction, you can increase your dose day by day a little bit at time until you reach a full table spoon daily!

    4) If you do react, you will likely feel tingling in your mouth and/or throat.  Stay at that dose daily until you no longer feel the tingling and then go back to increasing your dose granule by granule.  This is your immune system adapting and building your Spring allergen immunity!