Today, we choose to talk to you about the benefits of bee products: honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly. Foods provided by nature with energizing, protective and stimulating properties of the immune system . A teaspoon per day of honey or pollen, a course of fresh royal jelly, a propolis gum to take when you are in the car. Simple things you can do to boost your energy back to school!
The benefits of honey:
Composed of fructose, glucose, sucrose, water, vitamins, enzymes and trace elements, honey is the most consumed bee product.
Its sweet taste and ease of use ensure its presence in our cupboards.
This beehive product is directly assimilable, invigorating and energizing for our body.
The virtues of honey have many properties:
- Antiseptics and antibiotics
- Anti-inflammatory and healing
It is often used for sore throats and coughs , but it can also be used topically to disinfect and heal, or in intestinal disorders.
A teaspoon per day in your hot morning drink is enough to boost your energy for the day.
Pollen: the traditional food of vitality and form :
The pollen comes from the male seed of the flowers (stamens) that stick to the legs of bees. It constitutes the essential food of bee larvae.
The majority of amino acids are present in pollen (20 out of 22), in high concentrations . Its richness in mineral salts (potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, silicon, phosphorus), vitamins (groups B, C, E and provitamin A), enzymes and antioxidants makes it an exceptional food.
The action of pollen is multiple:
- Seasonal allergies
- physical and intellectual fatigue,
- immune system,
- prostate disorders …
It causes a general stimulation of the organism.
Prefer fresh pollen and short circuit because the storage of pollen damages some of its principles.
The benefits of propolis:
Propolis is a mixture of resinous substances that bees find on conifer catkins and on tree buds. They use this viscous harvest to protect the hive from microbes, once it has been enriched with their salivary secretions. Also, propolis is placed at the entrance to the hive (in Greek, propolis = “in front of the city”) but is also used inside to control impurities by coating them.
Found in propolis flavonoids ( antimicrobials) and phenols ( antiseptics ) as well as vitamins (A, B, E) and minerals (zinc, silver, chromium, nickel, selenium, copper, magnesium, iron, manganese, silicon ).
Propolis is recommended for:
- relieve skin problems ( light burns, herpes, acne, yeast infections)
- relieve mucosal lesions (mouth ulcers, gingivitis).
- prevent viral and bacterial infections
- protects the respiratory tract .
Propolis is found in the form of an extract diluted in alcohol, as an ointment or in solid form.
The propolis offered on the market are not all of the same quality; it depends on the collection method which guarantees a more or less pure propolis.
The benefits of royal jelly:
Product of secretion from the cephalic glandular system of young nurse bees (workers, between the 5 th and 14 th day of their existence), royal jelly serves as food for the queen, directly by “mouth to mouth”, or is deposited in cells that will see future queens grow.
To collect this precious milky substance, the beekeeper creates an intensive breeding of queens and interrupts it when the jelly is ready.
Royal jelly is made up of water, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It contains about twenty amino acids including the 8 “essential”, trace elements and minerals (potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur) and vitamins (group B, A, C, d and E). It also contains hydroxydecenoic acid (antibacterial, antifungal and anti-germinating).
Royal jelly is particularly beneficial for:
- convalescent people and for people with specific needs (children, the elderly) .
- periods of fatigue
- season changes ,
- in the heart of winter to prevent infectious episodes .
It increases physical resistance and intellectual capacities . It has an action on stress and minor depressive states and it stimulates the body’s natural defenses .
Some studies show the action of royal jelly on the production of estrogen , thus conferring it a utility in the disorders of the menopause.
Once again, the quality of royal jelly should be taken into consideration. The best is to consume fresh royal jelly (which can be found in the fresh section of organic stores).
Delphine L. Naturopath