The magic of bee pollen

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One of nature's most completely nourishing foods that contains all the essential components of life. With its high protein content (40% protein), free amino acids in usable form, and vitamins, including the B-complex and folic acid, you could survive on bee pollen alone for a very long time. Pollen is also thought to protect against radiation and to have anti-cancer qualities. It has such profound healing properties that the German Federal Board of Health recognizes it as medicine. 

Bee pollen is richer in proteins than any animal source. It contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. Approximately 35 grams of pollen each day will supply all the body's protein requirements.

Pollen is as you may know, the male seed of flowers and is needed for the fertilisation of the plant. Every variety of flower in the universe puts forth a dusting of pollen. Many orchard fruits and agricultural food crops do, too.

Worker honeybees pick the pollen from plants, packs it into basket-like areas on her back legs together with saliva, and honey that she brought from the hive. The microscopic golden dust is pushed down into a single golden grain, or granule. Which the bees brings back to the hive and pass it off to other worker bees, who pack the pollen into cells with their heads. The pollen then becomes food for the young bees.

Honeybees are well programmed to gather pollen and carry it back to the hive as food for the colony. However, even more important for all of us on earth, they are also responsible for the pollination of more than 80 percent of plants. As bees buzz from blossom to blossom, a portion of the live golden dust is transferred to the next blossom and pollination is accomplished. 

So to say that bees are important for our human life on earth, is an understatement.

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For scientific reasons, researchers have tried to feed bees manmade pollen, but the bees die even though they've made sure to include all the known nutrients of bee pollen in the lab-produced food. Many thousands of chemical analyses of bee pollen have been made with the very latest diagnostic equipment, but there are still some elements present in bee pollen that science cannot identify. The bees add some mysterious extra of their own. These unidentifiable elements may very well be the reason bee pollen works so spectacularly against so many diverse conditions of ill health for us humans too.

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I eat this magical golden dust on my morning porridge and in smoothies. Try to do 2-4 tbsp a day, which is a recommended daily dose for medicinal purpose. Try this porridge:

2 portions

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 red/yellow apple, washed and grated
1 cup gluten free oats
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of salt
2 cups water
1 cup oat, hemp or almond milk

4 tbsp bee pollen
4 tbsp shredded coconut

Warm coconut oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the grated apple with 2 tbsp water. Let simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Stir so it doesn't stick to the bottom.

When the apples are soft, pour the oats into the pan along with cinnamon, cardamom, salt and milk. Keep the heat at low-medium, add water and milk, and gently simmer the porridge for 15 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon regularly to stop the oats from sticking and clumping together. Turn heat down to the lowest if it seems to burn at the bottom.

When the porridge has a thick but stirrable consistency, take the pan off the heat and leave to stand for a minute before serving. Stir in another few tablespoons milk to keep it smooth.

Pour onto plates, garnish with more shredded apple, shredded coconut and bee pollen, and serve with a bit of plant milk.