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ANDASI's Photo ANDASI Posts: 985
7/16/10 10:34 A

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I put it in my smoothies daily 1 tabelspoon. I find it helps add sweetness to the drink because i dont use any sweetners at all i dont eat sugar or sweetners of any sort.

The base of all my smoothies is 1 bannana and 1 T bee pollen and i dont need to grind it the blender does a good job when making the smoothies.

I really like it a lot this way what ever flavour smoothy i make wether it is chocolaty with cocoa or fruty or with peanut butter it works in all of them.

I have been doing this for a couple of months. I do have really good energy but i cant say if it is just from the bee pollen. My diet is very clean so im thinking it must be the combination of everything that im doing that i feel so good.

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ANIDUCK's Photo ANIDUCK Posts: 10,863
7/15/10 5:15 P

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Uh, how much did you put in that bowl of cereal?

I never put it in anything; just put about 1/2 teaspoonful in my mouth, chew and swallow. I don't think I'd like it in my cereal either. It's really a "different" flavor. I like it by itself though.

However, the protein shake sounds like a good idea. I bet it goes good with that.

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7/15/10 3:18 P

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I was so excited when i finally found bee pollen. I woke up the next morning ready for the most healthy bowl of cereal i have ever made. The first bite was good. Then I took another and I could not even finish. I realize that it is healthy but I cannot stand the taste. It made me sick to my stomach. I love my flaxseed and wheat germ but the bee pollen it too much.

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7/15/10 2:00 P

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I bought bee pollen granuals from my local health food store and grind them up in my mortar and pestle. I haven't tried them alone and I don't think I would! Once they are ground up, I add them to my protein shake and I didn't notice a difference in the taste, but I also didn't notice a difference in my energy. Perhaps I wasn't using it for long enough... if it really does take a month to notice a difference. I am going to go buy some more soon and see.

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6/9/10 10:34 P

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I actually like the taste...it is different but it's mild and earthy...to me. Tastes like flowers smell.
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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IMKATE_03 Posts: 5
6/9/10 10:12 P

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I certainly never craved the flavour of bee pollen either :). When I was taking it, while eating it, I made sure I had something else to do to keep me distracted so I wasn't thinking about it. For me, at worst it was "inoffensive".

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6/9/10 10:11 P

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I just pop a teaspoon in my mouth chew it well and swallow. It does not bother me at all i dont mind it i can certainly tolarate a teaspoon a day.

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6/9/10 9:37 P

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I read about the bee pollen thing. Went and bought some.. reminds me of flax seeds before they are ground. Tried them in hot oatmeal. found them offensive. They've been sitting in a little baggy inside of my fridge ever since. I'm not a big oatmeal eater; although I love it... the bee pollen was very.. what's the word.. ICKY.. and it certainly isn't used as a sweetner.. the taste is similar to.. lets see.. dried up seeds.. plasticy.. just not yummy.. supposed I will find another way to ingest.
Hope someone else has some good answers!
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6/9/10 6:38 P

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IMKATE_03 says the whole story and I agree; especially with the locally collected pollen. The local pollen will have the very things in it that will help to alleviate the airborne source allergies that a person suffers. Plus it comes from "happy", healthy bees.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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6/9/10 4:38 P

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I put it in my protien shakes, heard it helps with energy, however, I don't love the taste.

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6/9/10 1:10 P

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I assumed Tosca was using it as a sweetener but I don't know. Sorry. I'm about halfway through the book. I'm using other things to sweeten my coffee and to bake with so I don't know anything about the bee pollen unfortunately.

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ANDASI's Photo ANDASI Posts: 985
6/9/10 12:46 P

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I did allready purchase some and started with 1 tsp a day as per directions on bottle unless you are allergic. I have been taking it for about a week. I read somewhere it takes up to a month of taking it daily to take effect. My dad worked with bees when i was a kid he did this as a hobby so i asked him about the bee pollen and he just said it is a medication meaning it is very good for you thats all he said he didnt know much else as in specifics of how it is good for you.

Curious what does Tosca say about the stuff and what purpose does she use it for ?

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IMKATE_03 Posts: 5
6/9/10 12:21 P

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Talk to an apiary about the "shelf life" of bee pollen, and be wary when buying from a store.

I've seen it in some health food stores, sold online, and in farmers' markets; I've bought mine at small craft shows where the beekeepers come and sell their honey. Many apiaries sell directly, too.

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6/9/10 12:11 P

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I looked at my local health food store and could not find it anywhere! I wonder if I could find it at a farmers market?

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IMKATE_03 Posts: 5
6/9/10 12:04 P

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Admittedly I have not used it consistently or for a long time, so I can't say I noticed a huge difference in how I felt. But, I was told to start taking very small portions, 1/4 tsp each day for the first week; 1/2 tsp the 2nd week, and build up to 1 tsp by the end of one month. I think this is to get your body used to it to prevent an allergic reaction?

When I started taking it again after having been off it for a few weeks, I took a 1/2 tsp to start, and noticed my throat became a tight. I'm assuming that was a slight reaction, so I backed off to 1/4 tsp the next day, and built back up to it as I described above. I was fine.

I was also told to chew it thoroughly, into a paste, before swallowing it to ensure that you absorb the maximum nutrients.

It's an interesting taste - not offensive, but it might take a bit of getting used to. You *can* sprinkle it on your food, but again, I was told you might not get quite as many nutrients that way (and considering its cost, I want the max benefit).

I was also told to, if possible, use pollen from as close to home as possible. I'd suggest buying from a small, reputable apiary that cares about the welfare of the bees and takes good care of the hives.

Same goes for honey - so much commercial honey is heated and processed, which destroys the beneficial enzymes. When dealing directly with an apiary, ask if they heat or process the honey. I eat 1-2 tsp of quality honey a day (keeps me away from nasty sweets and the vending machine), and if baking, I use the "grocery store" honey as a sweetener (or sucanat, or maple sugar flakes, depending on the recipe).

Many apiaries produce different flavoured and flavoured creamed honey, which are a wonderful treat - worth investigating, and you also support a hard-working farmer.

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6/9/10 11:59 A

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I haven't used it but I've seen it in several recipes. Tosca Reno puts it on her oatmeal and other breakfast cereals each morning. I started several weeks ago so I'm gradually adding different ingredients to my pantry. Bee Pollen hasn't been one of them but it might be, depending on what folks here say.

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6/9/10 11:43 A

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Any ideas, thoughts and or opinions on Bee Pollen ?

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