'Bee pollen age reversal.'
This term gets searched on a lot here. It seems we're all looking for the magic anti-aging potion that will stop the clock of Father Time.
Bee Pollen Age Reversal Studies?
Due to the flawed nature of the regulatory and patent process surrounding pharmaceuticals and supplements in North America, there have been virtually no clinical studies done on the age reversal potential of foods like raw bee pollen.
This is purely because there is no profit incentive for a company to spend millions of dollars on the many studies and regulatory garbage that is required to get a supplement or food 'approved' for use on this continent for a specific health claim.
Our patent system is set up in such a way that you can't patent what mother nature created. So, a company could prove that bee pollen slows down the aging process when consumed in a specific quantity for a specific period of time.
But they could not, after spending millions of dollars to prove this in a clinical trial, patent this because they've only done the research - they haven't invented something. (Mother Nature beat them to it!)
The only way this company would be able to lay claim to the rights of bee pollen in this instance would be to alter bee pollen in some way scientifically and then prove it still did what they claimed it did.
But, no one has been able to re-create bee pollen in the lab. It is simply to diverse has has so many active compounds that it is virtually impossible to copy it without the aid of mother nature.
So, since no company can lay claim to the health benefits of bee pollen, no one has put up the millions of dollars to prove whether or not it has age reversal properties despite much evidence to support that it does indeed slow the aging process.
The other problem researchers face in attempting to answer this question is whether or not it is even possible to study a substance as diverse and unique as bee pollen in a clinical trial setting.
Clinical trials must be meticulously controlled and do not lend themselves well to multi-ingredient substances such as pollen.
Typically, you only see single ingredients studied. And you'll sometimes see two or three ingredients in a study to see if certain combination's effect an outcome but for the most part, single ingredient studies are most common.
The problem with bee pollen is that it is comprised of so many active compounds. In addition to its high protein content, bee pollen contains over a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and co-enzymes, and 14 fatty acids. These are the compounds that scientists have actually been able to identify. There are likely compounds found in bee pollen that we don't have a name for or haven't seen in nature before.
So as a scientist, it is very difficult to know which compound is responsible for the health benefits of a food as complex as pollen. And if you don't know which compound is 'doing the work', you can't isolate it, alter it, patent it and sell it to millions of people. This could be one explanation for the lack of research on this wonderful food.
What Does Reverse Aging?
Nothing has been shown to actually reverse aging as we know it....except one 'practice'. Several substances such as resveratrol have been shown to slow or stop aging in insects and animals, but reversing aging is a different story.
The only practice shown to unquestionably stop and even potentially reverse aging is calorie restriction.
Yes, calorie restriction. The practice of restricting calories has an abundance of studies done on insects and small animals showing that it slows aging and sometimes stops it altogether.
Here is an excerpt from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' web site which featured a paper from the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Spindler. He has been probing the life-extending effects of calorie restriction using advanced gene chip technology.
The major conclusions from this study are that many of the life extension effects of calorie restriction happen rapidly, and that these effects can be shown not only in young animals, but also in old animals not previously on calorie restriction. Calorie restriction not only slows aging and extends maximum life span, but it partially reverses aging changes as well!
Now, you're probably thinking that starving yourself doesn't sound fun and that you'd probably live a shorter life with a full belly than a long life with never ending hunger pangs.
And what the heck does this have to do with bee pollen?
Hold on. Let me explain. First of all, starving yourself isn't really what is required. Calorie restriction is really about eating mostly nutrient dense, low calorie, whole foods in a raw form. Most people today eat the opposite - high calorie, nutrient void foods that have been fried, irradiated or zapped in a microwave.
Have you ever noticed that the healthiest foods for us found in nature are very nutrient dense and low calorie? Interesting. Could it be that simply eating a mostly raw, whole food diet balanced with adequate protein, high fiber carbohydrates and essential fats is essentially 'calorie restriction?'
Bee Pollen: How Does it Fit Into This?
So how does bee pollen fit into the calorie restriction and age reversal equation?
Very well actually. First of all, bee pollen is considered by many to be the most nutrient dense food on the planet.
As I mentioned earlier, it contains over a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes and co-enzymes, and 14 fatty acids that we know of. It is also very low calorie, containing only 45 calories per tablespoon.
And since studies have shown that man can live on 36 grams (about 5 tablespoons) of bee pollen a day and obtain all of the nutrients required to sustain life, one could argue that 225 calories a day is indeed low calorie!
While I am in no way suggesting you attempt to live off of 36 grams of bee pollen a day, my point is clear.
Bee pollen is a raw, whole food that contains all of the nutrients vital to life and shares the characteristics of the foods shown to extend lifespan and potentially even reverse aging.
Calorie Restriction and Bee Pollen: A Logical Explanation
It is clear how bee pollen is a natural fit in supporting a calorie restricted lifestyle and slowing or reversing the aging process.
So how does it work? How are people able to live on low calorie, whole food diets and live long healthy lives without feeling like they're starving?
Well, it really is quite simple.
The answer is quite clear and comes to me by way of our many customers offering their feedback on what it is like to consume bee pollen and other whole foods on a regular basis.
You simply feel fuller eating whole foods like bee pollen.
Why? Because whole foods like bee pollen are very high on the satiety index. They make you feel full by sending a message to the brain that you don't need to eat anymore. Most of the healthiest foods on the planet have this same characteristic.
It comes down to this - bee pollen is so nutrient dense, your body doesn't need to ask for more and more and more in order to obtain the nutrients necessary for life.
Eating a Big Mac on the other hand does the opposite. It is virtually devoid of any vitamins or minerals. So what does the body do?
It asks for more food. And a high calorie food just turned into a really high calorie food because now you need more calories in order to get the nutrients your body wants but didn't get from your fast food burger.
Bee Pollen Age Reversal: Real World Evidence
It seems that North American scientists don't have much interest in bee pollen age reversal properties and as such, haven't studied pollen potential in this area. Doctors in Europe and Russia have completed most of the research.
Dr. Lars-Erik Essen, M.D., of Halsinborg, Sweden, says: “Bee pollen exerts a profound biological effect. It seems to prevent premature aging of the cells and stimulates growth of new skin tissue. It offers effective protection against dehydration and injects new life into dry cells. It smoothes away wrinkles and stimulates a life-giving blood supply to all skin cells .”
Naum Loyrish, Chief of the former Soviet Academy of Vladivostok reports, “Long lives are attained by bee pollen users. It is one of the original treasure houses of nutrition and medicine. Each grain contains every important substance necessary to life.”
The villagers residing in the Caucasus Mountains fascinated Dr. Nicolai Tsitsin, Russian Chief Biologist and prominent member of the Academy of Sciences. These hardy souls seemed to sail effortlessly past the age of 100. Remarkably, more than 200 individuals were over 125 — still actively working and participating in daily activities.
After some physical examinations, Dr. Tsitsin discovered that many exhibited signs of “silent heart disease” and scars of “silent heart attacks,” which would have certainly been lethal to a modem man. The doctor believed that being extremely active and working hard well into old age was a contributing factor to their longevity, but he still remained puzzled. He knew there had to be some other factor entering into the equation. He was on a mission to find the common denominator. Then he stumbled on it.
These people all kept bees! Beekeeping is a profession that in itself historically confers some sort of “magical” life protection on its members, a fact confirmed by today’s scientific research. These beekeepers seemed happy and fulfilled, but were otherwise very poor. Bartering among themselves with an exchange of services and homegrown products was the accepted way of life. They had very little cash, so they regularly traded the pure clear honey from the combs of their hives for other necessities. What they kept for themselves, and ate regularly, was the thick residue that accumulated at the bottom of the hives.
When Dr. Tsitsin was served some of this sweet, sticky substance in the home of one of the villagers, he had a sudden revelation. After some research and analysis, he concluded that this was the magic elixir that contributed to the remarkable longevity of these beekeepers. The tasty but unattractive glob was rich with golden granules of bee pollen, one of the best superfoods.
Dr. Tsitsin attributed the incredible health and extended life spans of these people to the scientifically documented action of bee pollen and said that taken regularly and in sufficient amounts, bee pollen will prolong the life of man for many years.
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