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Bee Pollen: Nature’s Nutrient Dense Superfood

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Bee pollen

What is bee pollen?

Pollen is collected from plants and then mixed with a secretion from bees’ salivary glands. This is brought to the bee hive where it is packed into the honeycomb cells. The surface is covered with a combination of honey and wax. This substance then ferments and is preserved by the resulting lactic acid.

Research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture concluded that bee pollen is the most nutritious food we can consume. It is the only natural food that contains almost all of the 22 building blocks from which the human body is composed. It contains eight essential amino acids, a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and co-enzymes, 14 fatty acids, several antioxidants and phyto-nutrients...

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Free radicals and antioxidant enzymes (antioxidants)

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Free radicals

Throughout normal metabolic functions, highly reactive substances called free radicals are created in the body. To make up for their shortage in electrons, they will respond with certain chemicals in the body and interfere with the cell’s capability to work normally. It has been found that a substantial link exists in between free radicals and more than sixty different health conditions including the aging process, cancer, and atherosclerosis.

But just as the body naturally produces free radicals, it likewise has a way to defend against them. The body produces a number of types of antioxidant enzymes or antioxidants (chemical compounds) including superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase...

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