Are Nutrients in Bee Pollen Affected by the Manufacturing Process?
Consumers should be well informed about the type of bee pollen supplement they purchase, because the nutrients in it can be ruined if suppliers are not careful.
Environment’s effects on nutrients in bee pollen
To cut costs, some suppliers get their bee pollen from polluted areas. This pollen can possibly contain all types of toxins that come from the surroundings. Pollution in the air, water and soil affect the flowers and the bees that pollinate them.
The result is potentially-dangerous bee pollen. The nutrients in the final product lose their value because of the danger associated with consuming them.
Absorption’s effects on nutrients in bee pollen
No matter how high the nutritional value of bee pollen, they are of no value to the consumer if they cannot be absorbed into the body. Capsules are best for encouraging absorption, because their outer shells have already been broken down. This makes it easy for the body to access all the vitamins and minerals.
Bee pollen can be purchased in granule form, but the outer shell is left intact. This makes absorption much harder on the body. In the end, much of it ends up being excreted and never used. To remedy this problem, granule consumers often soak them first. This does help, but they still have to take much more of the bee pollen to get the same results of a lesser amount taken in capsule form.
Freshness and its effects on nutrients in bee pollen
Once the bee pollen has been collected, it must be treated with care to ensure that it is in perfect condition when purchased and consumed. If the bee pollen is not being processed and packed right away, it should be frozen to preserve freshness. Granules are particularly susceptible to mold, so it is extremely important that they are not left in any wet or damp storage environments.
Bee pollen that comes in capsules tends to pose less of a threat, because the capsules themselves help preserve freshness. Still, if the capsules are not being used quickly, it is better to refrigerate them or store them in some other cool place. This ensures that the nutrients in the bee pollen remain safe and effective.
Once bee pollen has been contaminated, the nutrients have been lost forever, so it is very important that consumers learn about the steps taken by the manufacturer to preserve the quality of the product.
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