Bee Bread is one of my favorite “superfoods” and I thought I would kick-start our new blog by dedicating an article to this highly nutritive functional food.

Bee Bread is also known as Ambrosia (food of the Gods) or Perga. It is a natural substance created by the bees as a potent food source for feeding their young. It is an alchemical mixture of about 25% honey and 75% pollen gathered by bees.

This mixture is stored along with with the enzymes found in bee saliva, which infuses the pollen with a broad range of natural probiotic bacteria and yeasts, and begins the process of fermentation and predigestion – making the end product highly bio-available for both bees and humans!

“Bee bread provides bees with proteins, lipids, microelements and vitamins. It also contains tocopherol, niacin, thiamine, biotin, folic acid, polyphenols, carotenoid pigments, phytosterols, enzymes and coenzymes.”

A picture of Siberian Bee Bread

Bee Bread

A number of recent studies have examined the nutritional composition of bee bread and have found that bee bread is a great source of many nutrients.

“Bee bread and pollen, due to their nutritional and medicinal properties, are used for apitherapeutic purposes.

These include about 200 different substances, such as free amino acids and vitamins. Special attention should be attributed to unsaturated fatty acids such as linoleic, linolenic, and arachidonic, which are found in pollen and bee bread.”

“Bee bread has a long history used mainly in folk medicine. Nowadays, bee bread is growing in commercial interest due to its high nutritional properties.”

“Bee bread revealed to be a source of nutrients and bioactive compounds. Presented high levels of carbohydrates, proteins, and minerals.

“Kaempferol-3-O-di-rhamnoside was the most abundant phenolic compound. Revealed antioxidant activity and inhibited all the tested bacterial and fungi strains.”

References

[1] Bee bread – Perspective source of bioactive compounds for future

[2] Pollen and bee bread as new health-oriented products: A review

[3] Flavonoid Composition and Antitumor Activity of Bee Bread Collected in Northeast Portugal.

[4] Antioxidant activity and protective effect of bee bread (honey and pollen) in aluminum-induced anemia, elevation of inflammatory makers and hepato-renal toxicity

The information in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and should not be used to diagnose, cure or treat any disease, implied or otherwise.

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