Bee bread is the naturally fermented form of bee pollens and also named as ambrosia or perga.
All bee bread is not the same. It varies in nutritional composition depending on the local and seasonal value of the pollen and the variety of flowers accessed by honeybees. However, in general, the numerous bioactive compounds in ambrosia have been reported to have a positive effect on human health. For this reason, perga is regarded as a “functional food”.
Functional foods are foods that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition to the extent that they promote optimal health and help reduce the risk of disease. As a matter of fact, The German Federal Board of Health officially recognized bee pollen as a medicine.
Pollen in its raw form is not easily digestible or nourishing for bees because it is enclosed in a layer of cellulose and sometimes a layer of wax. The pollen grains that you can purchase from beekeepers have not been processed by bees. These are just the compacted pollen that bees have gathered from flowers before it is transformed into bee bread. The bee pollens are often regarded to be much more potent than flower pollens, and herbalists have founded its application into a wide range of medical conditions, particularly dermatological conditions such as eczema, diaper rashes as well as acne.
On the other hand, the other health benefits of bee bread and bee pollen apart from being nutritional sources are still yet to be discovered. Bee pollens are safe for short-term use, and prolonged consumption may pose you to the allergic reactions or other side effects caused by bee pollens, such as contamination by toxic metals or fungal mycotoxins. Allergic reactions caused by bee pollens such as shortness of breath, suffocation, hives as well as swelling. Bee pollens should also be avoided by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Since ancient times in different cultures, bee bread has been used as a healing substance. The basic chemical components of ambrosia include carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. It also includes enzymes, natural antibiotics, antioxidants and hormones. In recent years, there has been significant interest in the use of bee bread to treat many illnesses. Perga is biocompatible, biodegradable, and non-toxic.
It is a Notable Source of Antioxidant
Antioxidants are basically what you need to maintain your health at its peak condition. Without it, your immune system weakens and you end up being prone to diseases. The good news is that bee bread is notably known to be a wealthy source of antioxidant.
A recent 2017 study “Functional Properties of Honey Supplemented with Bee Bread and Propolis” by Kowalski from Poland confirmed that bee bread has its largest influence when it comes to antioxidant properties. The research was also supplemented by honey enriched with propolis and bee bread. The outcome was honey had their antimicrobial and antioxidant abilities proved if enriched with the two substances.
It can be Used for Treating Hepatitis
Hepatitis is a highly contagious liver infection and inflammation caused by the hepatitis viruses themselves. It infects the liver causing flu-like symptoms and are caused by autoimmune, viruses, contaminated food or water. There are three types of hepatitis; hepatitis A, hepatitis B as well as hepatitis C.
Hepatitis may either be acute (temporary) or chronic (long term) should it exceed 6 months of disease duration. This highly contagious illness causes death to 1 out of 500 patients annually and can be prevented by vaccination.
A 1976 research that involved 110 critically chronic hepatitis patients had some of the patients tested on 30 grams of bee bread over a course of 30 days while the remaining subjects were given fresh pollen every day constantly or 90 days to normalize the albumin/globulin blood ratio. The patients that took bee bread and fresh pollen had their ratio increased from 0.96 to 1.27 and 0.85 to 1.26 respectively.
It Provides a Holistic Care of the Heart and Blood System
Just like the benefits of honey for heart disease, bee bread can also provide a wholesome heart and blood system care by maintaining a healthy blood circulation and prevent diseases such as hypertension and anemia. Hypertension is a synonym of high blood pressure while anemia is the condition where the blood lacks enough red blood cell deposits.
Hypertension can be cured by taking 15 grams of bee bread at a dose of twice a day for 45 days. Cholesterol can be reduced by up to 24%, LDL or bad cholesterol decreased up to 36% while HDL or good cholesterol are increased at a ratio of 2:1.
Meanwhile, anemia can also be treated with the help of bee bread by taking it alongside honey at a ratio of 1:1, three times a day for a month. Over the duration of medication, appetite increases, and so are energy and weight. Hemoglobin and erythrocyte levels also inclined and likewise common anemic symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and vertigo are significantly decreased.
It has Antitumoral Effect
Antitumoral means that it has the potential to restrict the growth and development of tumors. A recent 2017 study titled “Flavonoid Composition and Antitumor Activity of Bee Bread Collected in Northeast Portugal” confirmed the claim that bee breads are indeed antitumoral.
It is Antimicrobial as well
Antimicrobials are agents that destroys microorganisms or puts a halt into their growth. The antimicrobial traits of bee bread are largely dependent on the formation of hydrogen peroxide and the floral source of the honey itself. Two multi-floral honey types, which are the polifloral summer honey and polifloral spring honey blocked off the growth of S. epidermidis and the S. aureus bacteria.
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