Bio available bee bread is one of the oldest superfoods known to humankind. Created in the beehive, ‘bee bread’ is a source of food for the honey bees. Bee pollen is a mix of bee-collected floral pollens that widely varies in composition and comprises a large number of compounds. All of them include proteins and amino acids, carbohydrates, lipids including fatty acids, vitamins, carotenoids, folic acid and minerals.
Bee collected pollen and bee bread have a high nutritional value and include bioactive compounds, which have a positive effect on human health, and therefore, are regarded as “functional foods”. These products are rich in proteins, simple sugars, essential amino acids and omega fatty acids. These features strengthen immunity and help the body to fight bacteria, which will keep the body healthy.
Bio-availability is an important thing to note – many pollen and bee bread supplements are not bio-available, and in fact pollen particles have an incredibly hard outer shell, which makes it near impossible for your body to digest and utilise. The great thing about the pollen particles in honey, is that they have been through a process within the hive during the bees’ honey creation that makes it bio-available. What this means is that it has begun to partially break down the hard outer shell, making the nutrients within each particle more readily available for your body to absorb.
In recent studies, on learning more about ‘functional foods’, studies have found that bee collected pollen and bee bread have a high nutritional value and include bioactive compounds, which have a positive effect on human health, and therefore, are regarded as “functional foods”. These products are rich in proteins, simple sugars, essential amino acids and omega fatty acids, which can help to strengthen immunity and help the body to fight bacteria, which will keep the body healthy.
Bee bread has been shown to exhibit antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiradical, and anti-inflammatory activities. The basic chemical components of bee bread include carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins, as well as minerals, fatty acids and other substances such as enzymes, natural antibiotics, antioxidants and hormones. Bee bread is considered to be a beneficial food supplement and in recent years, there has been significant interest in the use of bee bread to treat many illnesses.
Steens Honey is all 100% raw and unpasteurized, which means any active ingredients remain within the honey and are not destroyed due to heating. We also have a patented wholecomb technology, which allows the honey to pass through our filters without removing larger particles such as bee bread, bio-available pollen particles and honey crystals – this is what gives our honey such a unique texture, and what also adds to the beautifully rich aroma and flavour profile.
In short – if you’re looking for honey that will provide you with the most active ingredients, live particles and bio-availability, raw is always best and honey that has not been fine filtered is even better. With the added benefits of Methylgyoxal and high non-peroxide activity, Manuka honey is definitely the best choice for supporting immunity and maintaining wellness, naturally.
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