Nutrition by Brooke

How To Overcome Seasonal Allergies, Naturally

We need bees. Without them we lose our food supply and suffer from allergies.

Bee pollen is a ball of field-gathered flower pollen packed by worker honeybees and used as the primary food source for the hive. And it’s a great source of food for people, too. It contains vitamins, minerals ,carbohydrates, fats and protein. No bees are harmed in the process of collecting bee pollen.

How does bee pollen help allergies?

An allergy happens when your body develops an immune response to an allergen, creating antibodies. These antibodies then activate certain receptors on your cells to release histamine, resulting in an allergic reaction (puffy eyes, runny nose, etc). Bee pollen actually reduces histamine, which is the same target over -the-counter medications act upon. It can be effective for a wide range of respiratory diseases, ranging from asthma to chronic sinus infections.

How do I get bee pollen?

You can buy bee pollen from your natural health food store and farmers market. Always buy local to ensure you are building immunity to the plants in your area. Also, try to get a bottle with a variety of colors to make sure they come from different plants.

How do I take bee pollen?

Start gradually (1/4 teaspoon) a day for a week, each week increase your dose another 1/4 tsp. After 4 weeks you’ll want to consume 1 tablespoon a day. You can put the bee pollen right under your tongue and let it absorb. It also goes well topped in smoothies and yogurt. It has a slightly sweet taste to it.

When should I take bee pollen?

If you have spring allergies, start now! If you have fall allergies, start mid to late June to give your body time to build up an immune response.

Important note: If you have a history of anaphylactic shock or highly allergic to bee stings, it’s best to avoid bee pollen.


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