Day 17: Bee Products; B-Vitamins
Human-Active Vitamin B-12 (Methylcobalamin); Bee Pollen Granules; Propolis; Royal Jelly; Miraculous Honeybees; The Vanishing of the Bees
IMPORTANT: We have put these two topics on the same day to get them in early for you on the Juice Feasting Program. Bee Pollen, though it is a miracle superfood, it is not high in human-active B-12 or other B-Vitamins such that you should think that by taking it you are taking care of B-12 needs. That being said, bee pollen is one of the best things you will ever integrate into your life.
Welcome to Day 17!
Today we are going introduce you to our favorite superfood, bee pollen, and to other bee products such as Propolis and Royal Jelly.
Our other subject of the day is B-Vitamins, particularly Vitamin B-12, a dietary element often asked about when discussing a diet of living foods, and which we find most people – regardless of diet – to be deficient in. In fact, it is so important we created a free webinar around the topic, which you can find linked below.
Vitamin B-12: An Essential Nutrient
It is my medical opinion, as a vegan since 1973 and live fooder since 1983, and as a person committed to supporting all those who choose to become healthy live food vegans, that it would be wise to incorporate B-12 supplementation in your diet. I believe it is more natural to be healthy than it is to be anything less than that.” – Gabriel Cousens, M.D.
Over 80% of westerners are deficient in Vitamin B-12, and if you have been eating a Vegan or Raw/Vegan diet for more than 3-6 months without proper B-12 supplementation, you are almost certainly among those who are deficient. No screwing around here. This is what the data shows, and what the Vegan and Raw/Vegan community has found over the last 40+ years. You can’t get human-active B-12 from plants. If you could, Dr. Cousens and every other Raw/Live Vegan advocate would be shouting from the rooftops. Hence, the need for proper supplementation.
This is such an important nutrient I did a free webinar on it and wrote a special Ebook, B12 Exposed to go into very specific detail. You can download my complete book below in the downloads section.
Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the body and is also associated with lower levels of homocysteine in the blood. It is required for energy production and overall health of the body, including red blood cell formation. Other roles of B12 include proper nervous system development and prevention of infertility in men. It has also been shown to improve memory and promote heart health. Lack of sufficient amounts of vitamin B12 can create a deficiency or absorption problems that can lead to pernicious anemia. Research has shown that vitamin B12 levels decline as we age. This may be due to poorer food choices, reduced intake of B12 or poor absorption.
Bee Pollen Granules
Are you ready? The first time I (David) learned about bee pollen, I laughed so hard – I could not believe there is a food that is so ridiculously nutrient dense that I had never eaten… and you can have it on a Juice Feast!
Bee pollen is one of the most amazing foods you will ever eat. Pollen is said to contain all the elements necessary for the sustenance of human life.
The San Francisco Medical Research Foundation estimates that pollen has more than 5000 different enzymes and co-enzymes, which is more than any other food in existence.
The high amount of enzymes, such as catalase, amylase, and pectin-splitting enzymes, make pollen and aid to digestion. Some research suggests that pollen is absorbed directly from the stomach into the bloodstream. Pollen is a vegetarian source of human-active B12, most of the B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, and E, rutin, all the essential amino acids, the essential fatty acid called linoleic acid, fats, complex carbohydrates, simple sugars, RNA and DNA, steroid hormone substances, a plant hormone similar to a secretion of the human pituitary called gonadotrpin, 15% lecithin, and many other unknown factors.
According to research by doctors from France, Italy, and the former USSR, pollen is the richest source of protein in nature. Gram for gram, pollen contains an estimated 5-7 times more protein than meat, eggs, or cheese. The protein in pollen is in a pre-digested form and therefore easy to assimilate.
Pollen is also abundant in trace minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, manganese, potassium, copper, silicon, sulphur choline, titanium, and sodium. These minerals are highly assimilable because they are bound organically from plant metabolism.
When you try it for the first time, simply eat a couple of granules under your tongue to check for any allergic response (only about 1-2 percent of the population). You can find pollen at Whole Foods Market, or from the online sources listed in your Ingredients List. YOU CAN EAT 1-2 TABLESPOONS of POLLEN EACH DAY OF THE JUICE FEAST. However, it is a high protein food–and excess protein during the Feast will slow down the cleansing process. Bee pollen is best suited to the second half of the Juice Feast (when you are in a period of more building, and less intense cleansing) and for the rest of your life!
When you are making fruit juice, put your bee pollen into the juice and blend it up. Adding pollen to your fruit juice will create a more complete nutrient profile for your juice, so that you are not having such a high-sugar, low nutrient fruit juice!
From Premier Research Labs . . . Propolis has been in existence for an estimated 40 million years. Man has used propolis both internally and externally for thousands of years as a healing agent.
In 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, prescribed the use of propolis to help heal sores and wounds and internally, to resolve ulcers. It was later used by the Egyptians as a preservative. Pliny, the Greek scholar (23-79 AD) wrote about propolis as having the ability to “reduce swellings, soften indurations [hardened tissue], soothe pain of the sinews [joints] and heal sores when it seems hopeless for them to mend.” . . . An Ancient Biblical Remedy.
The Hebrew word for propolis is “tzori,” and its therapeutic properties are mentioned throughout the Old Testament in the Bible. Records from 12th century Europe describe many medical preparations using propolis for treating many different conditions, from mouth and throat infections to dental cavities. Broad-Spectrum, Healing Properties. However, it wasn’t until the 1950s that scientists, with the help of new analytical techniques, began to isolate the myriads of components in propolis and discovered their stunning ability to provide a wide array of healing effects, including remarkable anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-infective and antioxidant properties.
From Premier Research Labs. An excellent article on the realities and healing benefits of this bee product. . . Royal jelly is the sole food of the queen bee, allowing her to live an amazing 50 times longer than regular bees.
Royal jelly is an energy and nutritive tonic with a strong effect on the glandular system and is considered strengthening for the reproductive systems of both men and women. . .
Royal jelly has also been used to effectively treat malnutrition in children, arthritis, wasting diseases, varicose veins and clogging of the arteries. It promotes growth and development and is useful in the treatment of blood deficiency. When royal jelly is added to the diet, most people notice an increased hormonal activity in terms of an improved sense of well-being and more energy.
Mountain Top Honey Company
This is an article on Mountain Top Honey Company and Dennis Arp, provider of Bee Pollen Granules to the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center Awakened Living Shoppe. I have had a lot of pollens out there, and this is one of the best in taste and quality if you cannot find a local beekeeper you trust.
Do your own local due diligence. Visit a farmer’s market or your local organic foods shop and discover your local sources of pollen, honey, propolis, and royal jelly. Beekeepers are some of the nicest, finest people we have ever met!
We hope you are having a great day, and enjoy hearing about your progress in The Green Room!
Large Scale Study Finds Vitamin B6 Deficiency Common in the U.S. by Teri Lee Gruss
Researchers at Tufts University have discovered that vitamin B6 deficiency is much more common than previously thought. The National Institute of Health has long held that vitamin B6 deficiency is rare in the U.S. and in 1998 the Recommended Daily Allowance was set in a range, depending on age and gender from 1.3 mg to 2 mg daily.
Vitamin B6 found to slash risk of Parkinson’s disease by NaturalNews
New research in the journal Neurology indicates that increased consumption of vitamin B6 could significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands studied around 5,300 participants over the age of 55, and found that those who had the highest intake of vitamin B6 had up to a 50 percent reduction in Parkinson’s disease risk.
Bee Pollen – A Budget Friendly Food for Health and Healing by Barbara L. Minton
Bee pollen is often referred to as nature’s most complete food. Pollen harvested from a diverse selection of geographic areas contains all the essential components of life in a good tasting, chewable, easily digested, and highly bio-available form that can be consumed by anyone from young children to the very old. All the nutritive and rejuvenating elements contained in expensive, whole food vitamin pills can be found in bee pollen. But since these elements are crafted into the most super of superfoods by nature, they have the added benefits of perfect synergy. Pollen also offers healing, with interesting research studies documenting its medicinal effects.
Pine Pollen: Boost Testosterone and Balance Hormones by Alex Malinsky
Raw pine pollen is the richest seedbed of testosterone derived from plants; since it is the male sperm of pine trees, it fosters plush growth in all living creatures, from trees and plants, to animals, to humans. Some experts claim that pine pollen is an ingredient in certain pharmaceuticals designed to treat low testosterone levels in both men and women.