The weather is warming up. The birds are starting to chirp early in the morning. Trees and flowers are blooming.
And yet many Americans are hesitant to open up their windows to let fresh air in…
But not because they fear a virus floating in and infecting their household.
Even though much of the country is stuck inside, they’re keeping their windows shut to keep out an intruder of a different kind: pollen.
Ten of millions of Americans suffer from allergies every year.
If you’ve ever dealt with a pollen allergy, you know the litany of unpleasant side effects that can come with spring.
Just thinking about airborne pollen from plants and grasses can make allergy sufferers’ eyes start to water.
But there’s another type of pollen that can actually work magic on this type of allergy… and comes loaded with healthy benefits.
Small But Mighty
When bees collect flower pollen, they pack it into small grains that look like crumbs. And this stuff is packed with nutrients.
Just a tablespoon of bee pollen is loaded with more than a gram of protein while containing very little fat and all kinds of vitamins, including A, B2, B6, B12, C, D and E… proving that it has earned its place as a superfood.
Bee pollen is so good for some people that the German Federal Ministry of Health recognizes it as a medicine.
And for some folks, it can practically erase seasonal allergies.
Even better, it doesn’t come with the nasty side effects that over-the-counter allergy meds often do: drowsiness (or, on the other side of the spectrum, restlessness), dry mouth, dizziness, confusion or blurred vision.
But one of the reasons folks with allergies should be particularly interested in bee pollen is its potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Here’s why that’s so important…
When cells attack and destroy allergens, the body releases histamine into the bloodstream. And a sudden increase in histamine causes inflammation that leads to itching, enlarged blood vessels and tightened muscles around the airways.
But bee pollen’s anti-inflammatory properties can act as a sort of all-natural antihistamine by counteracting histamine’s inflammation.
And while that’s great news for those with mild symptoms, bee pollen can be even more beneficial as a long-term fix for allergies.
A regular dose of bee pollen works similarly to some vaccines.
Because bee pollen closely resembles the allergy-causing culprit, regular exposure to it can desensitize the immune system’s response to the allergen over time… thus reducing (if not eliminating) those annoying symptoms.
Straight From the Source
Now, keep in mind, this can help those suffering from seasonal allergies, but it won’t do anything to get rid of pet or food allergies.
While bee pollen can be found in health food stores and tons of online retailers, the best place to get your hands on this stuff is from a local apiary (or bee yard), if possible. This way there’s a better chance that the bee pollen is coming from the same local plants that are causing your sneezing, coughing or watery eyes.
But like any medicine, it’s best to take it slow to see how your body reacts to it.
Start with half a teaspoon over yogurt or oatmeal to see how your body reacts to it. And after a week, you can slowly ramp up your intake to a full tablespoon.
This is just one of the many benefits of bee pollen. Stay tuned for more on the many healthy benefits that local bees are more than happy to share with us.
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