Bee Bread - Uses and Health Benefits
Bee bread is a fermented mixture of plant pollen, honey and bee saliva that worker bees use as a source of protein for larvae and young bees. Also referred to as ambrosia, which Greek for “food of the gods” or the fountain of youth, bee bread is known throughout history for it’s natural healing powers. Made 100% naturally from bees, bee bread is rich in over twenty seven vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antibiotics, enzymes, and other essential elements that are nutritious for the human body. So how exactly does it help us? Let us explain!
Not Your Average Bread!
Though it’s most often considered to be a homeopathic remedy or “folk medicine” by the ancient Batlic tribes, Egyptians and the Chinese, bee bread is believed to have many health benefits, including:
Regulating the Digestive Tract
Bee bread has the unique ability to help restore intestinal flora and to detoxify the liver and lungs. Because of this, bee bread is an excellent way to help combat the negative side effects and damage caused by the use of alcohol and tobacco products. Additionally, the acidic PH of bee bread is easy for the body to utilize, ultimately aiding in its digestion.
Boosting the Immune System
Bee bread is an excellent source of essential vitamins, to include: vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. Bee bread also has enzymes and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, selenium, sodium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus that are known to help keep your immune system strong and healthy. The combination of these vitamins and minerals provides a natural way to boost your immune system.
Promotes Growth in Children
Bee bread is composed of nearly 25% vegetable protein. These proteins coupled with the numerous vitamins and minerals mentioned above, prove to be a superfood for youngsters. This powerful combination can help children bridge the gaps in their nutrition. Additionally, bee bread helps the body to better absorb minerals such as iron, which aids in a child’s (and adults) muscle growth!
Improve Liver Function
The liver is used to break down and remove toxins from our blood. Maintaining healthy liver function is important to maintaining a long and healthy lifestyle. Animal studies have found that bee bread supports liver health and even may enhance lover detoxifying abilities.
- Sexual Function & Menopause
Due to its high amounts of phytohormones, bee’s bread is known to be a natural aphrodisiac. Similar to the effects of consuming raw oysters, bee bread can naturally help increase the human libidio. Additionally, studies have shown that bee bread can help stave elevate the symptoms associated with menopause (i.e. hot sweats, chills, mood swings, etc). In one scientific study, 71% of women reported their Menopausal symptoms had improved while eating bee bread.
- Combating Free Radicals that Cause Chronic Illness
Bee bread is packed with antioxidants such as flavonoids, carotenoids, and glutathione. These awesome properties help fight free radicals which are known to play a role in chronic inflammation due to the damage it causes on our cells. Used as a preventative measure, bee bread can work wonders to help protect your health against unwanted chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and even cancer.
How do I Eat Bee Bread?
Just like you would any other food! Bee bread can be consumed by simply eating it on its own by the spoonful, if you’d like. But this sweet and somewhat floral tasting treat can also be topped on a salad, mixed in your morning yogurt, blended in a smoothie, or added to your favorite tea. The possibilities for eating bee bread are endless, but it really comes down to personal preference.
Is Bee Bread Safe?
Generally, bee bread is safe for human consumption. However, you should avoid giving bee bread to children who are younger than 1 years of age, or to any individual with a known allergy to bee products.
Where can I get Bee Bread?
Due to the colder environment and climate in places like the United Kingdom, bee bread is very rare. However, in Lithuania, we are fortunate to have vast amounts of unspoiled nature which produces excess amounts of bee bread, allowing us to share it with you!
At Bee Baltic, we harvest our bee bread with the bee’s best interest in mind. We never take too much and always leave plenty for the bees. Our bee bread is made from a 70% pollen and 30% honey mix, which ferments over the whole season in the beehive to produce a bee superfood filled with immune boosting nutrients.