Other than being deathly afraid of bees since I am allergic to certain types of bee stings (you should see me out in the yard gardening when one won’t leave me alone, let’s just say it’s pretty comical and I’d be embarrassed if someone happened to see my reaction), I am aware that they produce some byproducts that are hailed as some of the best health supplements and best tasting (honey) there are. Let’s talk about bee-derived health products, shall we? And the next time one is relentlessly buzzing in my ear, I’ll try to remember these facts.
One of the most popular natural supplement categories is the line of products derived from bees. Bee pollen is the seed of the flower blossom collected by the bees combined with the digestive enzymes of the bee. Bee pollen has been touted for decades for it’s health benefits. One of the primary claims for bee pollen is that it is an energy boosting supplement.
Because of it’s energy boosting characteristic, bee pollen is popular among athletes to increase their stamina. Other uses for bee pollen are to suppress cravings for nicotene, caffeine and excessive food.
Bee pollen has been taken to assist in weight control, reduce stress and to fight chronic fatigue. Bee pollen is loaded with vitamins, nutrients, amino acids and minerals. Bee pollen is rich in the essential B vitamins, vitamins A,C,D E and K and enzymes. All 22 amino acids are present in bee pollen. Other components of bee pollen are collagen and lecithin.
Bee pollen removes free radicals so it may be an effective antioxidant. Bee pollen is an immune system booster and is used to fight chronic fatigue as it promotes recovery from stress.
Another bee product used as a supplement is royal jelly which is a product that the worker bees have made to nourish the queen bee. Royal jelly is known for being a source of protein and B vitamins.
It is used for energy, longevity and better immune system functioning. Royal jelly contains B vitamins, vitamins A,D,E and K, 12 minerals, 18 amino acids, collagen and lecithin. Bee propolis is a product derived from bees collecting bark and leaves and combining them with their secretions to create a glue like mixture. Bee propolis is used in healing and energizing, for antibacterial use and antiviral applications.
Bee propolis is high in bioflavonoids therefore it may help to heal and mend blood vessels. Other areas of research for bioflavonoids are for their benefit for high blood pressure, respiratory infections and liver conditions. Bee propolis is a source of protein, minerals and vitamins.
Burt’s Bees, a very popular natural toiletry and beauty product line that you now can find at regular grocers, and even Target, has a multitude of grooming products for bath and body, natural hair care, facial care, men’s grooming and lip care. Beeswax and other bee products are incorporated with other natural ingredients in Burt’s Bees products for almost all of our cosmetic and grooming needs for all ages and for both men and women.