Bee Well Bee Wise E-Book – Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ph.D. is at his best in this fascinating book, sharing his insights on the blessings the hard-working honeybees have passed along to mankind. Pollen is a food substance, a highly-concentrated source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, lecithin, hormone like substances, and a natural antibacterial substance in a base of protein (amino acids), carbohydrates (mostly natural sugars), and fatty acids.
– Pollen Power and Athletes
– Propolis, Royal Jelly, and Honey
– Pollen and Cancer Research
Before introducing you to the wonderful health benefits of the foods available to us from the honeybee hive, I want to introduce you to the honeybee, one of the most amazing and hardworking creatures on our planet.
The inside of the honeybee’s home is spotless and clean, the walls of the hive being coated with a varnish-like substance called propolis, which the bees make from pine tree resin. The bee’s home is called a hive, and it has to be clean to keep upwards of 100,000 bees free from disease in the extreme close quarters of the hive. Sections of honeycomb are stacked atop one another with just enough space between them for honeybees to crawl around. In fact, that space is the same from layer to layer and hive to hive. It’s called “bee space.” Why such “extreme close quarters” inside a beehive?
You might say that bees are small and agile and don’t need much space to get around between layers of honeycomb in the “supers” (upper stories fitted on top of the basic hive to give the bees more storage space). You would be right, but beekeepers say that beehives are organized for energy efficiency. Honey is made from the evaporation of excess water from the nectar stored in open-ended honeycomb cells. To do this, the hive is kept hot inside, by our standards, and thousands of worker bees at any given time are fanning their wings to help air circulate and speed up the evaporation of water from the nectar.
Honeybees nearly always make more honey than they use, which makes them very popular with beekeepers and millions of people around the world like you and me who love honey. I