David Rukin: Bee Pollen Can Make You Bill Gates or LeBron James
|Florida beekeeper David Rukin|
Well, some sources say it's useful in treating sexual dysfunction, infertility, chronic fatigue, obesity, allergies, infection, prostate disease, chronic illness, asthma and immunodeficiency. The FDA hasn't approved apitherapy, the use of honeybee products as health remedies, for anything at all, but skeptics say the agency is dragging its feet out of self interest; there's no money to be made in natural healing.
Florida beekeeper David Rukin, proprietor of BuzznBee Farms, Inc., explains what bee pollen is and how it functions as a nutritional supplement.
"Bee pollen is the protein source for the insect," Rukin explains. "It's plant material protein. It has all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes that any animal needs." Potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, vitamins C, E, and B-6 are among the nutrients commonly found in pollen, but the exact nutritional values will vary depending on the environment from which the pollen is collected. Two tablespoons of pollen contain about 100 calories and 7 grams of protein.
|Bee pollen granules.|
"The problem with humans is that they've got too many options of things to eat, because there are too many marketers out there telling us what to eat. You have to get Coca Cola out of your mind before you can even think about eating well."
At 58 years old, Rukin says he could outwork and outrun anyone, all the way down to 12 years of age. He attributes his remarkable health largely to his bee product-rich diet and active lifestyle.
"A honey bee only eats three things and they give it everything it needs: honey, pollen, and water," he says. "Those three things have all the building blocks the bee needs, and will increase the positive physiology of any creature. Animals need protein, carbohydrates and water. Bee pollen is the protein, honey is the carbohydrates. The only other thing humans would need is roughage, like celery. If you wanted a vitamin, you'd be better off eating pollen than any vitamin out there.
Rukin explains that pollen's high nutrient content is mainly a result of honeybees' painstaking efforts to choose the very best pollen granules from their local flowers.
"The insect flies from flower to flower," he begins. "Now, there are multiple worlds out there. Most people live in mammal world. I live in mammal and insect world. When the insect is flying from flower to flower, it's the same as when you or I is at the produce stand. They are choosing the very highest quality of pollen that the flower has to offer. They're not flying around with a five pound bucket in one hand and a scoop in the other. They're collecting pollen by the molecule. It's the pre-selection of a food source or a protein source that gives a very high degree of quality."
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|Bees depositing pollen in the honeycomb|
For more on David Rukin and his bee products, check out his company website.
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