By Maureen Meyers Farrar
INDOUT IF or 'S MOST PERFECT FOODS
CAN BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND YOUR ENERGY LEVELS
B 6 6 S . One could consider them begin with one drop, and increase by (A small percentage of the popula-
Nature's workaholics. Their days are one drop a day up to 20 ifrops, says tion may he allergic; symptom^
spent maintaining the hive, collect- Ken Babal, (^N, a I-os Angeles-based include hives, wheezing, itchy throat
ing pollen, serving the queen hee— nutritionist. When allergy season or other discomfort.) And if you are
and unknowingly producing a begins, increase your dose, if needed, allergic to bee stings, use extreme
nutritional supplement thtit may by five drops A day until you find a caution in taking any bee products.
help build up the immune system, level that works for you—usually ft's smart to stick witb a single bee
increase energy and improve between 20-70 drops daily. pollen brand and type once you have
strength and endurance. You can find bee pollen as determined dosage because pollen
Bee pollen—simply pollen granules, pills or tincture, and how content may vary among products.
collected hy bees—is considered by you lake it is a matter of preference. If you're taking granules or pills for
some to be one of Mother Nature's Drop tincture or sprinkle granules in supplementation, Babal suggests
perfect foods. And no wonder: Ii's cereal, or mix it into a drink. You these dose guidelines: '/• teaspoon
rich in protein (35-40 percent); can even eat it out of the palm of of granules or two to four tablets.
contains almost all known minerals, your hand. "Because it is a very After adding bee pollen to your diet,
trace elements, enzvnies and amino concentrated food, you may want to you may find yourself buzzing
acids; and is high in B-comp)e\ start with a couple of granules under around the office alert and full of
vitamins. It's also got some vitamin C your tongue to make sure you're not energy. Just beware of adopting the
and K. This mix of nutrients is behind allergic to it," suggests Babal. hee's '—'-"'" -'--'- -•---
its reputation as an energy source.
Taking bee pollen in small doses
may help combat allergies by allow-
ing your body to build up an
immunity and become desensitized
to allergens. Here's how to try it:
About lour to six weeks before
allergy season, start taking bee
pollen to help defend yourself
against hay fever. Using a tincture,
Add GOLDEN FLOWER'S SPANISH B SOLGAR's
POLLEN granules to your favorite juice, tahlets are chewable a:
NATURE'S WAY BEE POLLEN or sprinkle it on your cereal. Granules should be taken witfi f
CAPStJLES are an easy way to are usually found locatly and sfiould
enjoy tfie benefits—no mixing or be refrigerated.
sprinkling. Just swallow witfi water