Bee Pollen is a Superfood
Newsletter of the American Apitherapy Society, December 2014
By Dr. Patrick Fratellone, MD RH (AHG) FIM
There are many DIETS on the market. There must be at least 300 – including and not limited to Atkins, South Beach, God Makers Diet, etc, etc. Most are all derivatives of the Robert Atkins LOW CARB lifestyle, all different in the amount and source of fat and protein. But I found a diet that is NOT derived from Atkins, It is the Bee Pollen Diet.
Why bee pollen?
Pollen is considered an energy and nutritive tonic in Chinese medicine. Cultures throughout the world use it in a surprising number of applications: for improving endurance and vitality, extending longevity, aiding recovery from chronic illness, adding weight during convalescence, reducing cravings and addictions, regulating the intestines, building new blood, preventing infectious diseases such as the cold and the flu (it has antibiotic type properties), and helping to overcome retardation and other developmental problems in children. It is thought to protect against radiation and to have anti-cancer qualities.
Nutrient deficiencies and all the health problems they cause are recognized worldwide as a growing problem. Because bee pollen contains all the nutrients needed to sustain life, it is being used on an ever larger scale for human nourishment and health. Science teaches that bee pollen contains many substances that combine to make it a healthy, nutritious, complete food. There are numerous reports from medical experience that conclusively show that the benefits of bee pollen exceed that of a simple food item, and the bees do most of the work.
Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins, free amino acids, vitamins, including Bcomplex, and folic acid.
This data was presented by Antonio Couto from Portugal- Apitherapist, Beekeeper, Researcher and Inventor at the 2014 American Apitherapy Society meeting in Chicago May 1- 4th. He started the lifestyle with initial blood testing based on research from the previous Soviet Union which is now Georgia from the Longevity Institute under Nicolai Vasilleuch. The book he suggested can be useful but difficult to obtain is,”The Healing Powers of Pollen” by Patrice Percie du Sert published in 2006. Antonio used pollen from the Cistus plant ( Rock rose) which is easily accessible in that region of his country.
On a daily basis after some bulking, Antonio took the following:
1. 20 g of pollen
2. 1 tablespoon of honey
3. 1 tablespoon of bee bread
4. 10 drops of tincture of propolis
5. some odd fruit
There were no animal products...