Bee pollen is an amazing superfood, but is the bee pollen age reversal premise legitimate? In other words, can bee pollen reverse aging? I believe it is possible and researchers who know more than I do believe so as well.
I came to that belief through a combination of clinical research, anecdotal (and personal) experience, and time.
Nevertheless, let’s answer and confront this question head on. Does good bee pollen — and I emphasize good, quality bee pollen — retard aging? Based upon a few clinical studies, it does.
Moreover, when combined with anecdotal evidence (granted anecdotal information is not prima facie evidence), it is extremely compelling.
Bee Pollen Age Reversal
One study completed 21 years ago in China at the Institute of Materia Medica, Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences in Hangzhou entitled (1990), “Effects of Bee Pollen on Lipid Peroxides and Immune Response in Aging and Malnourished Mice” said this:
“The results [of the study] showed that the level of hemolysin (HC), the numbers of plaque forming cells (PFC) and specific rosette forming cells (SRFC) in primary response to sheep red blood cells (SRBC) were markedly lowered and the lipoperoxide level in brain, liver and serum was increased in aging (over 18 months) and malnourished mice fed with ground corn in comparison to normal controls, while HC and the numbers of PFC and SRFC were significantly increased and the lipoperoxide level was markedly decreased after treatment with bee pollen.”
The entire study is in a Chinese dialect, but even the abstract reveals some very intriguing information. Let’s talk more about the study with what we do know, though. In order to understand what is being said, let’s take the core terms one by one.
Bee Pollen Age Reversal: Definition of Terms
Lipoperoxide & Lipid Peroxidation: This “refers to the oxidative degradation of lipids. It is the process in which free radicals ‘steal’ electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage. This process proceeds by a free radical chain reaction mechanism” (Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipid_peroxidation). Let’s parse this a bit. “Oxidative degradation” means disintegration or destruction essentially.
Free radicals are rogue cells that are primarily responsible for aging as they steal electrons from healthy cells. As the definition from Wikipedia says that results in cell damage and thus aging. (The Wikipedia definition is an excellent one, in my opinion.)
The point here with lipid peroxidation is that as the study said the lipoperoxide level was decreased after treatment with bee pollen, meaning it contributed to the staving off of cell degradation and thus aging.
T-lymphocytes: Also called T-cells, T-lymphocytes are a part of the group of white blood cells known as lymphocytes. Immunized T-lymphocytes can directly destroy appropriate target cells.
Hemolysis: The destruction of red blood cells that leads to the release of hemoglobin from within the red blood cells into the blood plasma.
Rosette Forming Cells: Erythrocyte rosetting or E-rosetting is a phenomenon where red blood cells or erythrocytes form around a cell in a flower petal shape.
So, in relation to the study, the Chinese researchers found out that bee pollen can retard aging by various microbiological processes as detailed above in this section. I suppose we don’t need to know these terms for at the end of the day knowing it works is what matters.
I use many things every day that I have no idea how they work like a phone, TV, hard drive, computer, radio, etc.
Another study published in January 2003 entitled, “Age-induced Diminution of Free Radical Scavenging Capacity in Bee Pollens and The Contribution of Constituent Flavonoids” is another I am looking into at the time of this writing.
However, another study conducted by Gazi University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy, in Besevler, Ankara, Turkey and published in March 2010 showed a honey-bee pollen mixture had tremendous anti-aging capability, saying, “HBM (honey-bee pollen mix) was also shown to possess potent anti-lipidperoxidant activity (p <0.01) at 500 mg/kg dose against acetaminophen-induced liver necrosis model in mice” (para. 1, Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20645809).
Moreover, the study says, “Results have clearly proved that mixing pure honey with bee pollen significantly increased the healing potential of honey and provided additional support for its traditional use” (ibid.).
Lastly this study here entitled, “Comparison of Bee Products Based on Assays of Antioxidant Capacities” as published in February 2009, shows bee pollen has tremendous antioxidant or anti-aging effects as well.
The 2009 study that was conducted in the Department of Biofunctional Evaluation, Molecular Pharmacology, Gifu Pharmaceutical University, Gifu, Japan says, “On the basis of the present assays, propolis is the most powerful antioxidant of all the bee product examined, and its effect may be partly due to the various caffeic acids it contains. Pollen, too, exhibited strong antioxidant effects” (para. 4).
(Propolis is another bee health product that will be explored later.)
Anecdotal Stories About Bee Pollen Retarding Aging
No bee pollen age reversal page would be complete without recounting some stories that are truly fascinating not to mention intriguing. One of the most famous ones is Noel Johnson? He was almost dead at the age of 65 and eventually died at the age of 95 after.
While in his mid-sixties, he became very disenchanted with his health that was so bad, his doctor told him death was around the corner. He changed his habits and eventually became the oldest man to ever complete the New York City marathon. That’s not where the story gets interesting, though.
He wrote a book entitled, “A Dud at 70, a Stud at 80” and followed it up with, “The Living Proof” in 1980. He was even pictured on the Wheaties cereal box in his 70s! In addition, he was presented with the Presidential Award for Physical Fitness by President Ronald Reagan.
In his book, “A Dud at 70, a Stud at 80,” he attributed his stamina, health and longevity to bee pollen saying, “This miraculous substance from the beehive became the cornerstone of my diet… I know that bee pollen has been the single largest contributor to my extended lifespan. I believe it is this incredible food that gave me the ‘superman’ image.”
He also goes on to say, “By far the most stupendous impact bee pollen made in my life was making possible my return to sexual potency at age 71, an unheard of happening as far as the medical men are concerned. I credit this directly to the gonadotropic hormone present in live bee pollen. This hormone is similar to the pituitary hormone, gonadotropin, and feeds the sex glands, acting as a stimulant. This is a natural sex hormone and nourishes the reproductive systems of both men and women, increasing sexual stamina and endurance, and has been found to have a dramatic effect on sexual ability. I am not the only person in the world who has been returned to full manhood by the simple ingestion of honeybee pollen. German medical doctors have reported the increase of up to double the hormone count in patients fed one teaspoon of pollen every morning over a period of only three to six weeks. Even in the most stubborn cases, the hormone count doubled by six weeks” (Clearwater Herbs, para. 4).
Perhaps the most fascinating story I’ve come across, though, comes from Russia.
In his book, “How to Live The Millennium: The Bee Pollen Bible” (1994), recounts the villagers livinig in the Caucasus mountains in Russia. Dr. Nicolai Tsitsin, a biologist and member of the Russian Academy of Sciences discovered there were many citizens of that region who were over the age of 100 with more than 200 exceeding 125 years of age.
They were not feeble either. Dr. Tsitsin discovered that the one common denominator all the citizens had was that they were all bee keepers or apiarists.
Long story short, Dr. Tsitsin found out that the poor villagers ate daily a rich blog of residue that had collected at the bottom of their beehives. Tsitsin discovered that the globules contained a high concentration of bee pollen granules!
Dr. Tsitsin attributed the incredible health and abnormal life spans of the Caucasus mountain people to bee pollen; it was their “magic elixir” that gave them their youth and extended lifespans. Tsitsin opined that if bee pollen were taken regularly with an adequate amount taken, it would prolong the lifespan of those who used it.
Intriguing to say the least!
Modern-day clinical studies have proved bee pollen is a robust superfood. We know that now and don’t have to take it on faith anymore. Bee ppllen works. Plus, it’s one of the most diverse naturally-occurring supplements in the world.
Where to Get Great Bee Pollen
I can’t complete this bee pollen age reversal page without giving a recommendation. I get asked a lot what kind of bee pollen I use. I actually take a bee pollen capsule supplement and eat bee pollen granules as well.
I add the granules to shakes, smoothies, and my own grain cereal I make myself with almond milk.
Okay, if you’re interested in adding bee pollen granules to your health regime, I recommend the bee pollen granules found here. Or you can click on the bee pollen granule graphic to the left. This will take you to a page that sells a pound of bee pollen granules for only $20.83.
I like taking both the granules and the capsules for convenience sake (both are easy to add to your daily health regime) but some may prefer one over the other.
Getting back to the quality of the product itself, you need to ensure your product has been properly milled and packaged with stringent standards. Look for a company that has independent llaboratory analysis, integrated and independent modern milling, blending, and packaging facilities thus giving the company total control in the product’s quality. That’s important.
Sourcing of the bee pollen is important, too.
The place where I get my bee pollen capsule supplement is sourced in the north west corner of the south island of New Zealand. It’s right near a national park.
Consequently, the islands are very pristine. The flowers that produce the pollen and the bees that harvest it are in a state with literally almost no environmental contaminants.
It is not surprising, therefore, that the bee pollen supplements (and other supplements) produced from this New Zealand-based company are of the highest quality.
Look for bee pollen supplements that are produced in a pristine environment and look for the supplement to be produced in a GMP-compliant facility with standards at least meeting U.S. F.D.A. pharmaceutical standards.
A company meeting British Pharmacopoeia standards is ideal. I actually know of one company that meets that criteria. In spades.
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The bee pollen supplement here is scientifically formulated containing a number of nutrients and even enzymes. The bee pollen is also harvested in the pristine north west corner of New Zealand’s South Island and is processed in a GMP-compliant manufacturing facility.
It is pharmaceutical-grade quality bee pollen supplement. The company is so sure of the product’s quality, they offer a 100% one year product guarantee!
Now that’s confidence in your product. So what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose. You can get read more about it over here or by clicking on the product graphic.
I hope this bee pollen age reversal web page has been helpful for you.
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Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 1990 May;15(5):301-3, 319. Effects of bee pollen on lipid peroxides and immune response in aging and malnourished mice.Institute of Materia Medica, Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences, Hangzhou.
Retrieved November 9, 2011 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2275784. Bee Pollen Age Reversal.