According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, bee pollen is considered a mild Jing tonic: it directs energy to the Kidney system. Royal jelly is an even stronger Jing tonic, and can be used for more serious cases of deficiency.
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- Protein-rich (half of which is free amino acids that are easily used by the body)
- Great source of vitamin B12
- Energy tonic
- Helps balance blood sugar
- Used by cultures around the world for several different applications
- Improves endurance and vitality
- Aids recovery from chronic illness
- Helps add weight during convalescence
- Reduces cravings and addictions
- Can be taken between meals in place of a snack
- Regulates the Intestines
- Builds new blood
- Improves immunity
- Antibiotic properties
- Thought to protect against radiation
- Used as a remedy for hay fever and allergies (especially when it is local to your region)
- Considered an important supplement for vegans and vegetarians
- Great to take before a workout
- Used during recovery from UTIs
Keep in mind that raw bee products are not considered suitable for children 1 year or younger. And you should always test yourself for an allergy to bee pollen by trying just one tiny pellet first and waiting to make sure you don’t have a reaction.
About 1 tsp is generally enough for a dose; not much more is usually needed. It is most easily taken with a glass of water. The taste of bee pollen is an acquired one so try it before adding to your food. I do like the taste when it is on top of a little yogurt with fruit or nuts, but I despise the taste when blended into smoothies.
For more information on Chinese Nutrition and Whole Foods, check out the wonderful book by Paul Pitchford, “Healing With Whole Foods.”
(Photo and Post by Jacqueline Gabardy, L.Ac. of FLOAT: Chinese Medical Arts)