- Have you ever tried adding pollen to your diet? A while ago, while I was travelling around Spain with my friend Anthony, we drove from Denia up into the mountains to a small village called Xalo. First thing we came across was a very cool old traditional wine shop — while I was focused on the wine, Anthony got very excited by some jars of bee pollen. Apparently hugely expensive when purchased in health food shops, Anthony was soon proudly clutching a 1kg jar of pollen for €12 — which apparently is an amazing price. Proponents of bee pollen offer a wide range of claims regarding its nutritional and healing properties. These include enhancing the immune system, controlling weight, relieving allergy symptoms, increasing strength, improving sexual function, enhancing vitality and stamina, slowing the ageing process, and prolonging life. Bee pollen is said to strengthen the immune system through its antioxidant properties. Anthony sprinkles a little on his granola each morning, however there are no scientific studies that have been able to confirm any health benefits from consuming bee pollen. I am, of course, happy to give anything a try.
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