Guest Post by: Robert Locke
In a recent podcast, I mentioned the great benefits that we can get just by adding a suitable bee product such as pollen or royal jelly to our daily diet.
We are now mostly familiar with the benefits of these bee products as part of a natural healing and complementary therapy, which can fit in very well with a natural treatment plan for endometriosis. But just let me recap them in case you missed that:
· Bee products have been called powerful healers because they contain the complete range of minerals, vitamins and amino acids needed for human survival.
· Royal jelly has lots of aspartic acids which are crucial for helping tissue growth and renewal
· These products can help to normalize metabolism and that can have great benefits for weight control
· Bee products in general can reduce fatigue, support our immune systems and also provide us with precious nutritive elements which are mostly missing from the Standard American Diet (SAD!)
· Royal jelly and bee pollen have been used as natural antidepressants as well.
By using a supplement like this, we can help the natural healing process. The research at the University of Waikato in New Zealand shows that honey is a powerful healing agent and is often more effective in treating infections that are resistant to antibiotics such as MRSA and other hospital infections such as E. Coli.
Use these criteria when choosing a high quality bee product:
1. Make sure you know where the bee pollen or royal jelly has actually been foraged. The best areas in the world which are almost pollution free are those of Canada and New Zealand.
2. There have been recent honey laundering scandals where imported honey and pollen is mixed in with better quality stuff. But there are few controls and there are unscrupulous suppliers who are taking shortcuts.
3. I favor New Zealand as the best possible source for all my bee products. There are several reasons why. There are few extreme climatic conditions. Pollution is at a minimum and there is no GM farming at all.
4. I also know that the foraging area used in the products I use are from an area which is actually a nature reserve on the South Island.
5. It also happens to be near the Aoraki-McKenzie Dark Sky Reserve (4,300 sq. kilometers) which is one of the largest star gazing areas in the world. This means that not only is the area free of light pollution but also all other kinds of contaminants and that is a guarantee that nature in the area is about as unpolluted as you can get anywhere in the world. You do not even have to climb a high mountain to stargaze!
6. Look at the company website and make sure that the following procedures are in place. If they are not, then it means that the product is not as pure as they make it out to be.
· the company follows GMP procedures
· it uses the full spectrum analysis methods
· every batch is subjected to a test to eliminate micro-biological contamination.
· state of the art equipment which includes a 3D blender
· under the supervision of the New Zealand Ministry of Health or similar body
· microbiological testing is also done to eliminate bacteria such as salmonella and E. Coli, for example.
Once you have ascertained that the company you are buying from meets all those standards you can also look out for guarantees. Normally, a serious company will have no problems in offering a three- or even six-month guarantee.
So, there we have it. We know the benefits of bee products such as royal jelly and bee pollen, but do we know what goes on in the harvesting and manufacturing process? I hope the post and the video have answered some of your questions.
Thank you, Robert, for a very informative article. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to share them below and Robert can answer them for you.