Bee bread is bee pollen, and is different than plant pollen. Plant pollen has been known to increase reactions to allergies and hay fever, but some believe that bee pollen reduces those symptoms.
As a matter of fact, Hippocrates (father of modern medicine and a Greek physician) prescribed bee pollen because of its health enhancing qualities. It is one of the oldest known dietary supplements known to man.
James Higgins (American Apitherapy Society) said "Bee Pollen is used by almost every Olympic athlete in the world".
Early Egyptians and the ancient Chinese believed it was a rejuvenator and a medicine. It was sometimes called the "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH" and "AMBROSIA OF THE GODS".
Here are some potential benefits...
* Enhances the immune system (antioxidant properties)
* Improves oxygen intake and boosts performance (athletics)
* Accelerates recovery in training
"What's the difference between plant and bee pollen?"you ask?
The picture below shows plant pollen collected by the bees and stored on sacs on their legs. As the bee is gathering nectar from flowers, the hairs on the bee collect the pollen from the stamen of the flower. Pollen is actually little dust-size particles that is the seed of the male flower. These "seeds" are collected in the pollen sacs on the legs of the bee. At this point, the pollen has not been processed by the bee.
***What insect in the south GREATLY hinders the storage of bee bread in the hive?
When the bee arrives back at the hive, the house bees assist in "unloading" the pollen from the field bee. These house bees mix bee saliva, the plant pollen, and nectar. The bees secrete enzymes into the pollen. This is what we have come to know as BEE BREAD!
It is made up of...
3% minerals and vitamins
2% fatty acids
and 5% of various other ingredients
Bee pollen from local sources are especially helpful in reducing allergies and hay fever. There is one main thing to watch out for. If you are allergic to bee stings, bee pollen may be anaphylactic (cause severe allergic reactions).
Some bee keepers have pollen collectors at the front of their hives that gather the plant pollen off of their legs as they enter the hive. This is sometimes sold as bee pollen, but it is actually plant pollen and could cause severe allergic reactions (depending on the source plants).
How has Bee bread helped you? Do you have a great story to share? Tell us all about it!
Bee removals are extremely rewarding.
Not only is the beekeeper providing a service to the resident, but he/she is also saving bees and building up their apiary. An added benefit is the genetic diversity gained through the introduction of potential feral colonies.
Here are some of my recent adventures...