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POLLEN

Following closer examination of bees, Aristotle noticed a yellow, granular- type substance at the feet of this insect. He named this substance "kerinthous". This name survived to this day on the Greek island of Naxos, albeit corrupted to "kerathi".
Pollen is a natural product collected by worker bees from more than 3.000 floral varieties. Pollen consists mainly of aminoacids, vitamins, proteins and other substances that are indispensable for the human organism. Pollen is rich on vitamin R, which is thought to increase the resistance of capillary vessels and protect people from brain hemorrhage. Numerous research supports claims that regular use of pollen results in physical well-being. This is probably due to gonadotropins, substances contained in pollen that act directly to the sex glands. Consequently, pollen is considered to favour fertility and cell regeneration. Pollen consists of active biological substances that facilitate metabolism and control appetite and fat deposits in the body.

HOW MUCH POLLEN?

A tablespoon (35 gr.) of pollen a day "keeps the doctor away" or suffices to meet the protein, vitamin and trace element requirements of the body. Pollen consumption is recommended for at least 3-4 months. Since pollen has a bitter taste, you can mix it with fruit juice or honey.

ROYAL JELLY

Royal jelly is a creamy natural substance secreted by the hypopharyngeal glands of nurse bees. It is also referred to as "milk of the bees" and is manufactured for the nourishment of the hive's Queen Bee and queen larvae. Production and collection of royal jelly is from April to June. During this period it is estimated that each hive yields approximately 100-150 gr. of this valuable product. It is said that royal jelly is a determining factor for the "metamorphosis" of larvae to queens! It is no accident, therefore, that queen bees live much longer than worker bees and capable of producing more than 2.000 eggs per day. Scientific reports claim that longevity and fertility correlate positively to the daily consumption of royal jelly. Royal jelly is a unique source for vitamins, inorganic elements, aminoacids, enzymes, hormones and other elements not clearly identified to this date. In addition to the above, the following content has also been identified in royal jelly: g-globulin and a multitude of aminoacids (alanine, arginine, isoleukine, aspartic acid, etc.). Fresh royal jelly contains an anti­oxidant factor identified by professors Lukas & Townsend (University of Guelph, Canada). Although most of royal jelly ingredients are known to science, laboratory production of royal jelly has been impossible so far. Extensive biochemical analyses of royal jelly have to this date identified 97% of its constituent elements the most important of which are: vitamins (A1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Biotine, Folic Acid, C, D, E), inorganic elements, calcium, iron, magnesium, fluorine, zinc, manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium, chloride, sodium, silica, sulphur.

ROYAL JELLY AND HUMAN BODY: EFFECTS

The Royal jelly:

Helps run down bodies recover their strength and vitality reduces stress and improves intellectual clarity boosts libido and improves sex life, reinforces physical resistance to infections and virus attacks, improves the appetite and contributes to body weight increase, offers antiseptic and antimicrobial protection, stimulates the mammary glands in women for milk production, speeds up human metabolism, invigorates the skin and tissues. "It is no medicine, but something even better. It is an invaluable food source recommended particularly to run down or prematurely aged bodies. The effects are obvious even from the first few days of consumption. Royal jelly imparts a sense of well-being resulting from the invigoration of the nervous system.

QUANTITY & QUALITY

Royal jelly is a thick, extremely nutritious, milky-white and creamy liquid, also a little sour in taste. It should be kept in dark jars at low temperature, otherwise it oxidizes loosing much of its nutritional value. Royal jelly is a valuable supplement requiring careful consumption. A daily intake of 120-180 ml. is recommended for those feeling weak or run down. For children daily consumption should be limited to 1/10 of a gram. A little spoon is included in commercial packages of royal jelly. Use this for dosing.
The following ways are recommended for the administration of royal jelly:

a) Use spoon included in the package to receive the recommended dose every morning. Apply royal jelly under the tongue as it is absorbed better by the mucosa of the mouth, while the acids of the stomach destroy much of its constituent elements,

b) Mix 10 or 20 gr. of royal jelly with 500 gr. honey and take one or two teaspoons of this mixture every morning after breakfast. Keep the mixture refrigerated.

WAX

Natural wax produced by bees enjoys wide applications in medicine and in the pharmaceutical industry (e.g. production of sprays for burns, suppositories, ointments for skin diseases and burns). A large number of preparations (e.g. cosmetics, toothpastes, sunblockers, etc.) contain bee wax. Also, this wax is used to polish and treat furniture and floors. Natural wax is also used for candle making in the Christian Orthodox Church.

PROPOLIS

Honeybees gather propolis, a resin, from tree bark and leaves. Bees combine this substance with pollen, enzymes and wax.

Bees use this mixture to seal off the cracks to or disinfect their hives. They even use it to put down intruders to their "home". Propolis has excellent qualities and was used extensively by renowned physicians of antiquity. Hippocrates used propolis to cure wounds; Roman historian Pliny recommended propolis in the treatment of edema or minor wounds.

According to science, this brown-green substance with an acute aroma offers strong antibacterial qualities and anticeptic action. It acts as a mild antimycotic and anti-inflammatory substance that boosts the immune systems. To this end, medicinal preparations based on propolis are used widely in dermatology, dentistry and the industry of cosmetics. It is commercially available in a variety of forms - ointments, capsules - throughout Europe and the USA.

BEE VENOM THERAPY

Collection of the bee venom requires a special technique. The venom is applied in a number of treatments (arthritis, acute and chronic injuries, scar tissues, multiple sclerosis, etc.). It is also used to desensitize persons from bee stings.