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Our ingredient of the week is bee pollen which is one of the superfood ingredients you can add to your custom cereal mix in Step 4: Superfoods. And indeed, if anything that nature provides deserves the term superfood, it is bee pollen. It is also called the "only perfectly complete food", as it's the only food known to man that provides every nutrient the body needs. Impressive, isn't it? Even better, it has a rich flavor and adds some subtle sweetness to your custom cereal. Not to mention the color it adds, a beautiful, deep yellow.
Let's take a closer look at its nutritional profile and health benefits.
One ounce of bee pollen powder has just about 90 kcal, 1g of fat, 12g of carbohydrates and 7g of protein. Bee pollen provide many minerals and vitamins. The main mineral is potassium, but it also provides plenty of phosphor, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium and is a good source of zinc and iron. Another significant nutritional contribution comes from the vitamins present in bee pollen: Provitamin A, B-complex vitamins like Niacin, Pyridoxin, Thiamin and Riboflavin as well as panthothenic and folic acids and biotin. To put it in perspective: Bee pollen has 20 times more vitamin A than the vitamin-richest corns, fruits and vegetables!
Thanks to their richness in nutrients, bee pollen is a great source of long-lasting energy that keeps you fueled throughout they day. It's phenylalanine content acts as an appetite suppressant and eliminates cravings. The lecithin in bee pollen can help lowering LDL and increasing HDL cholesterol. It's high levels of antioxidants reduce inflammation and protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.
Bee pollen is also often used to treat allergies, as it reduces the presence of histamine. It supports the cardiovascular system of the body thanks to the antioxidant rutin, that helps strengthen capillaries, blood vessels and has anti-clotting powers that could help prevent heart attack and stroke.
As if that wouldn't be enough, bee pollen stimulates ovarian function and can help with infertility problems. It also aids the prostate and can help reduce inflammation to stop frequent urges to urinate.
This is just a small excerpt of the many benefits that bee pollen provide. But most importantly - it tastes delicious and is a great addition to any cereal! Add bee pollen powder to your own custom cereal mix and enjoy their great taste and nutritional benefits!