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Superfood: Bee Pollen

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The bees are back! Warm weather has them about to buzz back into action, which means we get to reap the benefits of their pollen—a powerhouse of health-rich elements for our bodies and brains. At Nourish Your Soul, we offer it as an add-on to any smoothie.

For starters, it contains up to 40% high-quality protein (more than any animal product) and all of the essential amino acids, making it an excellent food for nourishing the brain and building strength.

It’s also a rich dietary source of zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and other minerals, and provides the highest concentration of vitamins of any food found in nature.

Meanwhile, it’s packed with live enzymes, as well as phytonutrients, including co-enzymes, bioflavonoids, phytosterols and carotenoids.

It’s believed to be the highest dietary source of rutin, which helps increase the strength and integrity of blood cell walls, strengthens the heart, and helps control high blood pressure. What’s more, it’s a natural antibiotic, in which bacteria simply cannot exist, providing increased resistance to infection. Antibiotic factors present in the pollen have been proven effective against E. coli, proteus, and salmonella organisms.

That’s hardly it, either. The list of its benefits goes on and on, and includes: increased energy and stamina and healthy blood cells; reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels; better regulated body weight; skin rejuvenation; menstrual and menopausal relief; decreased chronic prostrate inflammation.

Convinced yet? Many athletes take bee pollen to help increase their energy levels and endurance, and it’s been widely used by Olympic athletes to increase their stamina while training. That’s because pollen is particularly rich in B-complex vitamins (like potassium and amino acids), it supports the glandular system, which is responsible for increased stamina and surges of vitality.

The one hitch: To preserve its enzymatic and nutritional value, it shouldn’t be exposed to heat. That’s what makes it perfect in our smoothies!