I’m interested in all things ’bee’, however, it was only in the last few years that I became aware of claims made regarding bee pollen and benefits to human health, and even as a diet aid.
I must admit, initially this subject held little interest for me. In regard to matters of health and diet, I have always been a fairly traditional kind of person.
My simple belief is that if we eat healthily, expend an appropriate amount of energy for the calories we intake, and keep a positive attitude toward our health, then generally, we shouldn’t need to take supplements or bother with diets.
Granted, there may be medical conditions that warrant the use of supplements and special diets, but I tend to think that for the rest of us, we can probably get by with plenty of fruit and vegetables, with a reasonable amount of protein and carbohydrates.
How do I know whether or not I’m getting the right amount? I’ll confess that even here, I personally don’t follow any rules. Fortunately for me, natural, wholesome foods are what I was brought up on – most of the fruit and vegetables being provided for my family from our (organic) garden. It’s served me well all my life, such that I take no medications and have never been in hospital. Illness – even common ailments, are rare for me.
However, I decided to keep an open mind with regard to bee pollen, so I took it upon myself to read around the subject, approaching it from different angles. I genuinely wanted to know, “is bee pollen good for you?”.
It seemed to me that the claims made in relation to bee pollen and benefits to humans when taken as a supplement fitted broadly into three categories:
......in relation to the physical condition generally, such that in some way we can expect an improvement in the physical condition and/or performance.
When I investigated this subject, I examined the evidence. What was really interesting to me, was the number of times claims were extrapolated from data, which could not, in my view, necessarily be scientifically justified to apply to humans and/or the use of bee pollen as a supplement. The other common set of claims made, tended to follow the logic that, for example:
Whilst I don’t refute such claims, I really felt this was a little unfair to the trusting customer who buys bee pollen at a fairly expensive price in order to gain the claimed benefit, when he or she could just as easily purchase a commonly available food containing the highlighted ingredient (X), and at a very small fraction of the price!
.....was fairly easy to look at, by comparing nutritional values of bee pollen with other foods. It’s not that I’m saying bee pollen is not good for you – but it seems to me that it’s an expensive way of getting nutrients.
People say to me: “Ah yes, but if it’s good for the bees, it must be good for us”.
Okay, well apparently, gnarled up, decaying leaves are good for worms, shall we start eating decaying leaves too? Seriously, the bees don’t really have a choice in the matter – they need pollen food for feeding themselves and developing larvae, and it just so happens that humans benefit greatly by the bees’ activities – namely, they pollinate flowers which then produce fruits. The fruits provide part of the year-wide availability of rich choice and abundance that humans as a species, have the fortune to choose from.
Yes, perhaps bee pollen is good for you, but so are a myriad other commonly available, less expensive foods!
Yes, I also know that here and there you may see it written “ah but, my friend takes bee pollen, and she swears by it”, or “it cured such and such from a particular ailment”. Perhaps it did….but having looked at the evidence, the sceptic in me has one word in mind: “placebo”!
Another one is: “my brother had such and such an ailment, so he took bee pollen. After a week, the problem cleared up”. Well, with such scenarios, how do we know that the week was all he needed for the ailment to clear up by itself? What if we had given him a placebo tablet and told him it was bee pollen, just to see what would happen?
.... is a claim that really surprises me, given that it is relatively high in fat. Yet again, I found no evidence that there was any real benefit to those wishing to lose weight.
If you were hoping that you’d get lots of information from me outlining how bee pollen is a miracle cure for all kinds of problems, you may be disappointed – or even annoyed.
There is no intention on my part to upset anyone. I simply don’t feel I can weave and confirm a story about bee pollen and the benefits claimed, when upon my investigation, it looks to me like people could find themselves spending their money unnecessarily.
However, if you are determined anyway, to purchase it, please try to ensure you buy it from an ethical supplier, who cares about the welfare of their bees. Here is information about the formats you can buy it in, as well as information about what to do should you experience an allergic reaction or side effects on the link here.
Or, go from Bee Pollen And Benefits To Human Health to read in detail about me investigations, by clicking this link.
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