Today’s ingredient spotlight: Bee Pollen
I’ve always been super sensitive to the outdoor environment. Season allergies for me mean a constant runny nose, asthma and eczema.
After being told by numerous people and reading up about it, I decided to pick up a small jar of bee pollen while at my local farmers market. Keep reading to see how bee pollen can help your seasonal allergies and all the benefits it has!
What is bee pollen?
Bee pollen is the result of the pollen that is collected on the bodies of bees. It is loaded with nutrients. High in protein and vitamins, it is a natural superfood.
Be pollen has SO many benefits for the body. It:
—> is anti-inflammatory
—> Acts as an antioxidant
—> Boosts the immune system
—> Can help fight and ease allergies
How can be pollen help allergies?
Be pollen can reduce the histamine that is released when there is an immune response to an allergen. Much like over-the-counter medications, like Reactine and Claritin, it can help suppress seasonal allergy symptoms and respiratory issues, such as asthma.
In order for it to be effective to your particular environment, it is vital to buy local bee pollen.
How to use bee pollen?
Intake of bee pollen should be done gradually and built up. It is recommended to start with 1/2 tsp a day and work your way up to 1-3 tablespoon by 4 weeks. I like to add it to my breakfast smoothie.
Be Pollen Smoothie Recipe
1 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp raw honey
2 dates, stones removed
pinch of ground cinnamon
- Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender.