What is bee bread?
Bee bread is bee-harvested pollen that has undergone lactic acid fermentation.
MAKING THE BEE BREAD
To make bee bread, bees harvest pollen. Pollen is a bit like grain, for it is not well suited for direct consumption. For pollen to be consumable, bees make it into „bread” – thus its name, bee bread. In a honeycomb, bees compress the harvested pollen into a thick lump, moisten it with their secretion and eventually mix with honey for preservation. For normal processing of the pollen, the temperature inside a beehive is kept at 35ºC. In an oxygenless environment there begins a two-week process of fermentation and effervescence which results in increase of acids and sugars in bee bread and brings about the formation of vitamin K.
Bees use bee bread for producing royal jelly, a feed for the queen bee and the worker bees, as well as the larvae. Bee bread is normally used by young developing bees.
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF BEE BREAD
In average, bee bread contains 55% of carbohydrates, 35% of proteins and 3% of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, C, P, D ja K), as well as minerals (phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, iron, cobalt, copper, chrome, iodine, et al), 2% of fat acids and 5% of other substances – enzymes, natural antibiotics, anti-oxidants, hormones.
Bee bread’s nutritive value is 3 times higher than that of pollen and 9 times higher than that of any other pollen substitute. Bee bread’s antibiotic properties are also three times greater than those of pollen. By the virtue of honey contained in the bee bread, its level of carbohydrates is also much higher. Bee bread contains more lactic acid than pollen, but less proteins ans fats. Then again, compared to pollen, bee bread contains a lot more mineral salts, vitamins and organic acids.
USE OF BEE BREAD
Since ancient times, doctors and healers have used bee bread as medicine and as a rejuvenative agent.
Bee bread helps organism to assimilate more nutrients and to assimilate them more efficiently. Bee bread is also a remarkable help against emaciation and anemia; it restores the normal functioning of thyroid, liver, digestive tract, nervous and endocrine systems, improves blood circulation, decreases the level of cholesterol in the blood, lowers blood pressure, improves bile and urine secretion, increases the percentage of leucocytes, erythrocytes and haemoglobin in the blood, restores beneficial gut microbiota, decreases the chance of prostatic hyperplasia, checks the progress of oncological processes, suspends the progress of sclerosis, decelerates untimely aging and strengthens body’s immune system in general.