#LivingTo100: Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis Nourish and Protect

#LivingTo100: Bee Pollen and Bee Propolis Nourish and Protect

Bee pollen and bee propolis are two substances made by bees that have tremendous nutritional value. Bee pollen is a powder-like material that is produced by the anthers of flowering plants and gathered by bees. It is composed of 10 to 15 percent protein and also contains B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, essential fatty acids, enzymes, carotene, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, sodium, plant sterols, and simple sugars.  This rich supply of nutrients is extremely beneficial to humans, offering protection of the liver from toxins, combating physical fatigue, depression, cancer, and colon disorders. Bee pollen from local sources is helpful for people with allergies because it strengthens the immune system.

Bee propolis is a resinous substance collected from various plants by bees. Bees use propolis along with beeswax in the construction of hives. It is used to seal cracks in hives and act as a protective layer against invading microprobes and other organisms.  As a supplement bee propolis an excellent aid against bacterial infections. Bee propolis is believed to stimulate phagocytosis, the process by which some white blood cells destroy bacteria.  Propolis also contains terpenoids that process antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal, and anti protozoan agents. Like some prescription antibiotics, propolis prevents bacterial cell division and breaks down the invading organism’s cell walls and cytoplasm. Propolis is available in capsules or in propolis-enriched honey.

Did you know the average lifespan of a Western honey bee is 122-152 days? The time frame is different during the winter and summer months, and also depends upon mating patterns. Queen bees live longer, averaging about 3-5 years.

Just a spoonful of sugar…

1 teaspoon of honey = 21 calories
1 teaspoon jelly = 16 calories
1 teaspoon brown sugar = 17 calories
1 teaspoon table sugar = 16 calories
1 teaspoon maple syrup = 17 calories
1 teaspoon corn syrup, light or dark = 19 calories

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