We already know that bee pollen makes a perfect superfood, providing us with a significant amount of nutrients that our body needs to thrive. But did you also know that bee pollen may actually be able to help you cope with common allergies?
If you’re a long-term sufferer of allergies like hay fever, you will know when it’s time to reach into the medicine cupboard for the relief sprays, tablets, drops and creams. These can offer good instant relief, only for a short time. This is because they don’t address the root cause of the allergy.
If you’re interested in a long-term approach to dealing with the root-cause – and would prefer a “natural” option rather one that involves taking steroids – then you may want to consider taking bee pollen!
Taking bee pollen for allergies follows a “de-sensitising” principle. The theory is that by gradually exposing yourself over extended periods of time to small doses of the allergen that provokes your allergy – in this case, pollen – you may actually help the body become less sensitive to that allergen so that it will, in due course, react less violently to it.
A study in 2008 by Atopy (Allergy) Research Centre investigated the effect of bee pollen on mast cell activation. Mast cell activation is a function that plays a pivotal role in allergic diseases, as these cells are rich in histamine that affect our immune responses and have important roles in the early and late phases of allergic reactions. Having performed both in vivo and in vitro experiments, researchers found that bee pollen does have anti-allergic properties because of its ability to deter the activation of mast cells.
For the vast majority of people, bee pollen is safe to take. However, for a small number, it could cause potentially serious allergic reactions in people with allergies to honey, pollen, bees or bee stings, include itching, redness, swelling, hives, shortness of breath, and even anaphylactic shock. If you are unsure of whether you should consume bee pollen, consult your doctor before use.
Read more about bee pollen and allergies here (link to www.apibal.com/hayfever.html)
Not just for hay fever! Include Apibal in your everyday diet for a general health boost
The good news is that it’s never been easier to include bee pollen in your everyday routine! Apibal freeze cracked capsules are easy to digest, whilst retaining all of the valuable nutrients within the granules.
Mindbodygreen recommend taking bee pollen alongside fruit, or foods rich in fibre, as there are strong links between gut and immune health with regards to the severity of allergies. You can easily involve bee pollen within your favourite healthy recipes, such as smoothie bowls, sprinkled in porridge or even salad dressings.
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