Bee Pollen and Weight Loss
Bee pollen contains active ingredients with a proven ability to assist in weight loss and weight regulation.
There are many documented benefits to using bee pollen and it has long been associated with weight loss and weight regulation, but what evidence do we have via clinical research into such claims?
Many studies have been conducted over the years into the benefits of this product and in many cases the results have shown improvements to metabolism (the rate at which your body burns fat); the dissolving and flushing of fat cells from your body, and also indication that it may help reduce cravings for food and other addictive substances.
It’s important to remember that bee pollen is actually a food and not technically a ‘vitamin supplement’. The nutrients it contains are very concentrated meaning that even small amounts may provide effective and valuable levels of nutritional support – these include dietary antioxidants, bioflavonoids and polyphenols in particular, along with lecithin. These essential components of nutrition are often missing from modern diets since we generally opt not to eat our recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables and because the foods we do eat in many cases are nutritionally deficient.
Weight Loss Specifics
Foods are digested and enter the bloodstream at a specific rate, termed the Glycemic Index. The substance with the highest glycemic index rating is sugar (100). Food substances with higher GI’s cause a high rise in the creation of insulin, which is essentially a delivery system hormone for the storage of fats. Ingesting foods with a lower GI (proteins, fibers and certain fats with a positive nutritional benefit) help balance and control the release of insulin and go some way towards minimizing the creation and retention of unwanted body fat.
Bee Pollen and weight loss – Our body processes all nutrients and deals with them according to the type and quantity consumed. Consumption rates for calorie-bearing nutrients, coupled with the rate of our metabolism, will generally determine whether we build fat, maintain our body weight or loose weight.
However, we can help our body become more efficient in processing certain nutrient types and certain food groups. By supplementing our food intake with certain nutrient combinations, we can create an environment where we become more efficient at processing carbohydrates, fats and sugars, and can avoid under some circumstances the production of excessive body fat.
Bee Pollen contains over 5,000 enzymes and co-enzymes, considerably more than is present in any other food. These enzymes are necessary in the body for digestive function and immune function. These enzymes are considered important in creating a chemical balance in the metabolism. This ‘balancing’ or ‘regulating’ function may be the key factor in its ability to assist in weight regulation.
When taking bee pollen as a diet supplement, it is best consumed an hour or so before meals. Where body weight is normal, and there is no desire to loose weight, it may be consumed with, or directly following a meal.
Some important studies have been conducted into its role in helping to control body weight.
S. Blauer (Hippocrates Health Institute) “Bee pollen minimizes, reduces or eliminates the normal person’s cravings for heavy concentrated protein… [BP] aids in the digestion of other food”
When investigating its role as a natural appetite suppressant, Dr. J. Chen and Dr. L. Chu (Aerospace Medicine & Life Sciences), “… found the average daily food consumption in the substance fed group was generally 15-20% less.”
Ingesting bee pollen in supplement form can be a great way of assisting the body in processing and ‘burning’ carbohydrates and converting calories into energy, and it can also supplement nutritional intake in certain areas that are inadequately catered for by the foods that we eat – providing essential vitamins and minerals that are deficient in processed foods.
Bee pollen is an excellent source of protein and fatty acids which have a low GI rating and do not elevate levels of insulin – it is also high in lecithin which helps break down fats.
Actually no, not necessarily. The issue comes about through our requirement for key nutrients. Most of the processed foods that are featured predominantly in western diets are nutrient deficient and high in calories.
Think about white breads, pasta, rice, and almost any food that comes to you in a packet. Our body requires nutrients to function healthily and it can’t get the nutrients it needs from these empty calories, so it encourages you to continue eating beyond the point where you’ve consumed sufficient foods to meet your energy demands.
So the excess food is simply converted to body fat and stored on your hips and thighs! But by simply adding a nutritionally dense ‘superfood‘ to your diet, you may find that your body reaches its target nutrient intake with a far lower rate of calorie consumption – put another way, it requires you to eat less.
So what’s the catch? – well, it’s a VERY BIG one. When you’re eating reasonably healthily you may wonder why you’re not getting the nutrient content that you need. We start the day with a glass of OJ, we eat our fiber breads, drink our milk and appear on the surface to be consuming a fairly healthy and balanced assortment of foods. The problem is that in many cases these foods have been pasteurized and/or irradiated before landing on our tables. Pasteurization of milks and natural fruit juices is a legal requirement in the USA, and many vegetable products are irradiated to reduce bacterial content for storage and transportation. Yes, even fresh fruits and vegetables in many instances are irradiated and/or treated with chemicals at source.
What has this to do with bee pollen, I thought that’s the reason we SHOULD take it? Yes, provided it hasn’t been irradiated or heat treated – if it has, you’re back to square one in the sense that your body is not getting what it needs from it.
So the key is to find a trustworthy manufacturer. You need to find a supplier of domestic USA products who knows how to handle it and package it. If the stuff you are buying is from a major chain or online pharmacy, and you’re paying $3 or $4 a bottle, then you can bet that it originated overseas and its quality and nutritional integrity cannot be guaranteed.
So if you’re going to try bee pollen as a dietary supplement, and bear in mind that it has so much more going for it than weight regulation / dieting alone, then I recommend that you start here: Buy premium quality domestic USA product here
If you’d like to read about a very specific example of how bee pollen, coupled with a number of key lifestyle changes, helped someone to lose a large amount of body fat, and increase all around health and vitality, then take a read of this weight loss journal here. The journal is actually a work in progress and details a year-long campaign to get a life-long weight problem under control. It features practical tips and ideas on exercise and nutrition. It focuses on a man in his early 50’s but is applicable to any age and any gender. We highly recommend you visit the link and read this journal!
And if you’re ready to add bee pollen to your diet today, then stop now and ask yourself this important question -
Why use The Natural Shopper’s products? – we don’t make a song and dance about nutritional integrity then sell something that’s been heavily processed, pasteurized or heat treated. Our goal is to retain our customers and we can only do that if we supply products which provide a real and tangible benefit. That has been our simple mantra since 1998 when we started our business.
At this point you should also consider expanding the scope of your supplementation to include other benefits. Royal jelly, bee propolis and honey, are three substances also extracted from the beehive, alongside bee pollen.
When you include all four of these unique substances in your diet you are providing your body with the complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. To make this more convenient for you we developed our products – Total Bee GT and Total Bee Plus.
We firmly believe that though bee pollen is beneficial in single form, a combination supplement provides so much more than the sum of the individual parts.
In combining the four beehive ingredients into one ‘Total Bee GT’ capsule, and including the added weight loss benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, Green Tea and Dandelion Root, we offer the full spectrum of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids in a convenient and affordable format. And of course we operate with the same degree of care when we’re processing/selecting our royal jelly, propolis and honey ingredients as we do with our pollens.
As a complete supplement, the benefits of Total Bee GT may extend to energy, health and general wellness, including weight regulation and natural weight loss.
All in all we feel that there is more than enough evidence to recommend the inclusion of bee pollen and other products from the beehive in your daily diet regimen.