Monday, December 13, 2010

Awareness of Bee Product Health Benefits Spreads in France

Honey Health Benefits Touted as Bees Face ExtinctionFrench bee keepers spread the word, and the hives, to save critical creature
By Laura Krantz, GlobalPost, 12/10/10

...Dominique Girard, a third-generation French beekeeper, sells honey, pollen, royal jelly and propolis, a resin that bees use to seal the honeycomb.

And he swears by the health benefits of all four products.

Girard said propolis heals ulcers, inflammations and burns. Pollen, a spoonful of which can be sprinkled over your morning yogurt, contains amino acids, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and over 14 vitamins, including B12, C, D, E and A, Girard said.

His leaflet also lists the human benefits of royal jelly, the special food for the queen bee and her babies. First on the list? Increased sexual ability.

It is also believed to be good for the immune system and boost self confidence.

Are the French cognizant of the benefits of bee-related products?

“The goal is to make them aware of the advantages,” Girard said…

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