HONEY BEE SUPPLIES
Article by Pamela G Glynn
The honey bee supplies us with a rich store of goodies, from honey to bee pollen, royal jelly and Nature’s antibiotic – bee propolis. Where, oh where would we be, without the industrious honey bee – and where will we be if their population continues to decline dramatically?
That doesn’t bear thinking about, so let’s think instead about their industry in travelling from flower to flower and removing the rich nectar that they then mix with their enzymes before depositing the resulting honey in their hives.
Long recognised as a premium natural food, honey is easily digestible and an absolute storehouse of nutritional goodness. It contains many of the ingredients needed to maintain good health, among these 78% sugars (fructose, sucrose and glucose), plus other vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins and amino acids.
Of course it’s important to remember that honey’s benefits depend more than somewhat on the quality of the honey in question! If it has matured slowly in the combs of the hives it is more likely to have a high enzyme and mineral content – and darker honeys tend to have more nutrients than light ones.
My favourite mountain honey is a dark amber thanks to its mineral richness.
A useful tip is to buy honey produced in the summer by flower-fed bees, as this is most likely to contain friendly lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
It’s interesting that anti-tumour and cancer-preventing properties have been attributed to some of the phytonutrients found both in honey and propolis – and research has shown that these substances can prevent colon cancer in animals by shutting down the activity of the enzymes phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C and lipoxygenase.
Bear in mind, though, that these phytonutrients’ benefits are more or less eliminated when raw honey is extensively processed and heated.
Small amounts of the same resins found in bee propolis are contained in raw honey. This ‘bee glue’ is used by honeybees to seal their hive, protecting it from bacteria and other micro-organisms. First, they need to manufacture it from combining plant resins with their own secretions!
Propolis is highly prized for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal resins, representing just a small part of the phytonutrients found in propolis and honey.
I’m mentioning bee propolis because I believe it belongs in everybody’s medicine cabinet! Why? Well, I reach for mine if ever I feel a cold threatening or am in any situation where my doctor might decide to prescribe antibiotics.
You see, propolis is an excellent way to help support the body’s natural defences by working as a natural and powerful antibiotic. It also helps with the symptoms of coughs, colds, flu and with maintaining a healthy respiratory system.
If I, or anyone I cared about, were going into hospital I’d help protect myself (or them) against bugs and viruses both in advance and during hospitalisation with bee propolis – which has no known side effects.
Then there’s bee pollen that, in the form I take, contains more nutrients per calorie than any other nutritional supplement. So it’s hardly surprising that it’s cited as one of the most complete foods available.
A human could in fact survive on bee pollen alone, adding just fibre and water. Its nutrients are readily digestible and easily absorbed by the human body.
As well as giving an instant energy and stamina boost, it can help alleviate hay fever symptoms. And this bee pollen assists in maintaining a healthy circulatory, digestive, immune and nervous system.
Bee pollen in tablet form is great for animals too – useful for allergic respiratory problems such as hay fever, COPD and asthma. Distinguished veterinary surgeon David Urch tells us that it could also be beneficial in cases of bronchitis, rhinitis and sinusitis (head shakers). David adds that as it’s a complete food rich in all essential nutrients for life, bee pollen is very useful too as a supplement for animals recuperating from an illness, being a good energy source.
Finally, it’s important to mention that the honey bee supplies us with wonderful Royal Jelly. This is great – I find – for fighting stress and as Forever’s Royal Jelly tablets taste good, I usually chew them.
And I keep my little tub at my bedside so that if I wake up in the night with intrusive thoughts churning round in my mind one tablet slipped under my tongue will almost invariably still the intrusions so that I’m soon drifting off back to sleep.
Royal Jelly also enhances metabolism, eliminates fatigue, has great benefits for the skin and reduces the effects of aging. It contains protein, minerals, vitamins A, C, D, E and B-complex, all 8 essential amino acids and 10 secondary amino acids.
A big ‘thank you’ honey bees for all your invaluable gifts to us!
About the Author
Pamela Glynn is the owner of MY ALOE VERA, a comprehensive website giving you a wealth of information about Aloe Vera, bee products and about an outstanding business opportunity. FREE online Product and Opportunity Videos!