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Bee Pollen For Bodybuilding And Weight Lifting

Using bee pollen for body building and weight lifting – what you must know

Bee pollen was a highly guarded “inside” secret by top athletes to improve their sports and athletic performance, and this secret has carried on, although openly now, being considered by many top professional and even amateur beginning bodybuilders and weight lifters to be a super way to add nutrition to their diet which can also help them to gain muscle.

The reason for this is because every gram of bee pollen is 35% protein, but more of that later. So bee pollen as a supplement is a very potent and natural way for bodybuilders, weight lifters, athletes and even normal layperson to boost their energy and stamina levels, because pollen is packed-dense with so much nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes.

One of the greatest contributors is the presence of vitamin B complex which helps to improve the metabolism of fat into energy, meaning that it stimulates and improves your body’s ability to breakdown fat and the by-product is additional energy.

Meaning you can work out more AND yet get more ripped, toned with the increased fat loss…without all the usual caffeine-jitters with so many thermogenic supplements out there.

Bee pollen is natural, and jitter-free. Of course, you cannot just buy anyhow, you have to be selective on the quality and grade – it has to be topmost quality, because poorer quality either means that the ingredient is sourced from a polluted/contaminated place (think China) or manufactured in a facility that is non-compliant to good practices, and these lead to very, very low pollen supplementing results.

Bee pollen is not a new supplement/food fad or trend – it’s been around for hundreds if not thousands of years across the world, and it’s been written in the Talmud, Bible, Koran, the Ancient Oriental Scrolls for their curative and health properties. With that, there is much clinical research on pollen that are positive as well as many anecdotal testimonials of happy users as well as support by professional doctors.

There is an increasing amount of studies that are showing and demonstrated how bee pollen has improved energy and endurance in the users as well as help with detoxification of the body.

Really? Bee Pollen For Bodybuilding And Weight Lifting?

Ok, the nutritional analysis of a gram bee pollen is:

  • 35% protein
  • 55% carbohydrates
  • 2% fatty acids
  • 3% minerals and vitamins including vitamin B complex (that helps to improve metabolism and increase natural energy), vitamin A and C (antioxidants), D and E (helps with cellular repair and regeneration), beta carotene, selenium and lecithin that helps with appetite and weight loss

That’s per gram.

Though bee pollen has been around for a very long time, yet there is much unknown and yet to be discovered about pollen. There is a possibility that there are still many undiscovered nutrients and enzymes in pollen, so there may be more benefits to be discovered in the future.

So Why Should Bodybuilders and Weight Lifters Take Bee Pollen Supplements?

In one word: nutritional profile. Ok fine, that two words. The nutritional profile of pollen as above shows how nutritious every gram of bee pollen is: it is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and carbohydrates; which is what the busy bees need to for their super busy lives.

When compared to its calorie contents, pollen has very high nutrient/nutrition-per-calorie as one full ounce of bee pollen has only about 90 calories. Calorie for calorie, bee pollen has much, much more benefits compared to meats, vegetables and fruits.

Authors Carlson Wade and Royden Brown say in their books that we humans can survive on 30-35 grams of bee pollen and water, and live very healthily. Even small quantities give the user very high amount of nutrients.

For the bodybuilders and weight lifters, high protein foods are the most important and favored foods to build, repair and maintain muscle health, size and cut; and how bee pollen supplements fit in is because they are high in proteins (35% protein) and has double the amount of protein that beef provides, gram for gram.

The complete, known nutrients found in pollen:

  • 35% abundant, free and necessary amino acids
  • Minerals including potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron and zinc and copper.
  • Trace minerals
  • All B vitamins, including B-12 complex
  • Vitamins A, C and E
  • Folic Acid
  • Panthothenic Acid
  • Rutin
  • Lecithin
  • RNA
  • DNA
  • Enzymes and co-enzymes
  • Anti-oxidants which includes flavanoids and beta-carotene
  • Lycopene

Bee pollen’s amino acids is also known as first-class source of BCAA (Branched chain) amino acids which are accessible and easily absorbed by our muscles (this is especially important to bodybuilders and weight lifters and even athletes), because we want the proteins/amino acids to be quickly absorbed by our muscles to feed, repair and maintain our muscle health, size and definition.

At the same time, taking high grade bee pollen supplement consistently will also help to regulate, balance and stimulate our metabolic processes, helping with thermogenesis of fats to fatburn mode which not only burns fat but also helps remove the superfluous fat that is caused by large protein intake.

Bee Pollen Supplements

Bee pollen supplementing is one of the best natural options to improve one’s energy and endurance for workouts and exercises, and it’s main energy conduction is the abundant vitamin B that regulates fat metabolism and thermogenesis as mentioned above. Because it’s natural, it doesn’t have all the jitters that are associated with other energy and weight loss products that flood the market place

Jenny Huang, senior physiotherapist, mother of 2 and marathoner/runner says:

Bee pollen helps me to keep running, and it doesn’t give me the jitters like how caffeine and sugar and energy products does – highly recommended

Read more testimonials here.

Plus because it’s rich in all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs, you may find that you feel generally healthier and sense of well being (due to restoration of nutrient deficit in organs)

What Are The Possible Downsides/Side Effects?

There are a small number of individuals, 3-5% of people who are allergic or sensitive to bee pollen and bee products. I always advise to have caution, and to check with a doctor first. Generally, rule of thumb is if someone is already taking bee honey and has no issues, generally should be ok, but checking with doctor first is always safer to me.

If you develop any of the following symptoms, you may have allergies to pollen:

  • “itching” in your throat, nose and eyes
  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • hives
  • skin flushes

In a even smaller group of people, they may develop a nasty and potentially fatal symptom called anaphylaxis – if you have the slightest form of reaction, please stop taking it and see your doctor immediately.

Choosing Your Pollen Supplements Well

When you choose your bee pollen supplements, you need to factor in 3 things:

  • where they sourced it: raw pollen needs to be sourced from the purest, pristine and unpolluted areas, as if it’s sourced from an industrialized/polluted area, it’d transfer into the pollen and end product as well
  • the pollen has to be freeze dried and never heat dried. Heat drying fries and destroys nutrients and active enzymes, so it’s useless nutritionally
  • the facility that manages it has to be cGMP-compliant, meaning that they have to adhere to strict US FDA standards with Certificates of Analysis (COA) for every batch of bee pollen supplements they create. Not many companies do this because it’s time consuming and costs money…but it yields pure and potent products.

Most bee pollen products in US and in the world are unfortunately lower quality because they tend to be harvested from China/industrialized area, leading to contaminated pollen; heat dried that’s quickly produced and in NON-GMP compliant facilities – all to cut cost and improve profit margins…and this leads to consumers to take poorer quality or contaminated bee pollen products that have no benefits or worse, ingest contaminants.

I’m sorry but I’m really particular on what I allow into my body, and I hope that you too are discerning and practice this.

The Stuff I’ve Been Taking Since 2014

The bee pollen supplement I take is freeze dried and scientifically formulated to also contain additional synergistic enzymes, amino acids and minerals to enhance the health benefits.

The pollen is harvested from north-western corner of south island of New Zealand, a pure and pristine area beside a national part that is free from industrialization and airborne pollution. Its nutritional effects will be noticed and I comfortably personally endorse it.

When you factor in the fact that it is processed and manufactured in GMP compliant facilities with standards that meet the FDA’s standards for pharmaceutical-grade quality drugs, it’s even better. Basically earning this a nutraceutical status (highest label for a supplement in terms of quality), and this is not common nor easily found in the US.

The manufacturer also offers a 365 days money back guarantee or full product replacement – something the health world don’t offer today. It’s also less expensive than other supplements while still maintaining a high level of quality, pharmaceutical quality.

I’ve been taking this personally since 2014, and I honestly say this: it has helped me a lot in my life, giving me all the energy, health and wellness I need to handle my 5 AM to 10 PM days everyday, young children, family, manage multiple busy physiotherapy clinics, meetings, investments, readings etc.

To me, it’s one of my favorite and important supplements that I take every day. Without fail. Read more or try it here, or read my review on this product here.

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