In his book ‘Superfoods, The Food and Medicine of the Future,’ David Wolfe calls bee products ‘The original superfoods.’ Why does this world expert on superfoods give bee products this prestigious label?
The Oxford dictionary defines a superfood as ‘A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.’ As you’ll see, bee products are some of the most nutrient dense foods you’ll find on the planet!
Long before the oxford dictionary had a definition for superfoods, billions of tiny workers were busy making some of the oldest superfoods known: Propolis, Royal Jelly and Bee Pollen.
The each perfectly fit the superfood definition, laden with nutrients beneficial for human health.
Before David Wolf brought superfoods into the spotlight, before health bloggers introduced us to goji berries, maca powder and raw cacao and long before supermarkets started selling Kale (!), ancient cultures used bee pollen, propolis and royal for energy, healing and beauty.
Ancient texts including the bible refer to bee pollen, called ‘manna’ as a nutritious food used to sustain people during illness or famine.
Now we know bee pollen is one of the most nutrient-packed foods on earth.
It’s abundant with active enzymes, useful for healthy digestion. It’s high in vitamins – especially B Vitamins, as well as Vitamins C, D and E. Bee Pollen is rich in minerals like calcium, copper, iron, manganese, selenium sulphur and zinc to name a few. Incredibly, Bee Pollen is also a great source of protein – with more protein (gram to gram) than meat, eggs or cheese!
Because bee pollen is plant based and raw, these wonderful nutrients are more readily absorbed.
The ancient cultures didn’t have our technology, but they knew good food when they saw it!
Cleopatra was famous for bathing in milk and honey, but it’s also widely reported she used Royal Jelly to maintain her legendary beauty.
As a superfood, Royal Jelly is known for B Vitamins; it’s the second richest natural source of Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Royal Jelly contains calcium, zinc, iron, and manganese. Royal Jelly is a potent antioxidant, stimulates energy and is often called ‘the rejuvenator’ or ‘the fountain of youth.’
The last of the bee hive superfoods is Propolis. Listed last here, Propolis is in no way last in nutrients! Propolis is the colony’s health insurance, preventing bacteria and viruses from affecting the hive. In liquid form, propoli scan be used as an antibacterial for moth, throat and gum infections and the same on wounds and sores.
Propolis is rich in Vitamin C, E and pro Vitamin A. A major nutritional benefit of propolis is its high bioflavonoid content. Propolis is so bioflavonoid rich it’s one of the most potent antioxidants around.
Now you can see why bee products are worth the ‘superfood’ badge. Try some yourself and see how they rate!