Nutritional Facts for Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is just what it sounds like — pollen collected by bees. Like honey, bees use it as a source of nutrition. It’s “very high in protein and carbohydrates, and it contains trace amounts of minerals and vitamins,” according to NYU’s Langone Medical Center. It’s been used for thousands of years in Chinese traditional medicine, where it’s believed among other things to enhance energy. However, according to a review of the evidence on the Science-Based Medicine website, there’s no scientific support for the “superfood” claims for bee pollen — and in fact, the dangers outweigh any possible nutritional benefits.

Composition

Unless the information is coming from someone trying to sell you bee pollen — and that’s not always the most reliable source — it’s hard to find reliable nutritional information about the composition of bee pollen. One study, published in 2005 in the “Journal of Food Composition and Analysis,” found that bee pollen samples contained about 20 percent proteins and 6 percent fats. The researchers found no vitamin C or beta-carotene, but found the “presence” of some carotenoids.http://www.ebiochem.com/

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Significance

The discovery that hydrangea is effective as a treatment against autoimmune disorders is considered a major breakthrough by research scientists because every other autoimmune treatment suppresses the body’s immune system, which can lead to serious infections, according to the study’s lead author, Harvard Medical School researcher Mark S. Sundrud, Ph.D. There are a significant number of autoimmune disorders hydrangea may have the ability to treat including multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, reports Doctor’s Guide. “This is really the first description of a small molecule that interferes with autoimmune pathology but is not a general immune suppressant,” said Sundrud.

Dosage

Hydrangea root is used in a variety of forms including powder, liquid extract, syrup, tincture and tea. Recommended doses include the following: 2 to 4g dried hydrangea root three times per day; 2 to 4 ml liquid extract three times per day; 2 to 10 ml hydrangea tincture three times per day; and 2 to 4 tsp dried hydrangea root steeped in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes three times per day, according to Health.com. Prior to using this and all herbal treatments, consult a health practitioner.http://www.ebiochem.com/

Warning

Caution is advised when using hydrangea. Hydrangea may add to the effects of blood sugar balancing, antifungal, anti-malarial, antihistamine and cholesterol-lowering drugs, and drugs taken to prevent. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use hydrangea root medicinally. Discuss hydrangea treatment with a qualified health practitioner prior to its use.http://www.ebiochem.com/

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