Bee pollen – Pedaling for Peace Super Foods Series

pedaling for peace - bee pollen superfood    Bee pollen contains the male germ cells produced by plants through their flowers and blossoms, carefully selected by bees that separate only the grains that are richest in nutrients. Because of this, some people don’t consider this a vegan food, but it is definitely a powerful addition to you diet if you decide to consume it.

Most of the vitamins and nutrients found in bee pollen come in perfect proportions, which makes them more easily assimilated by the body respecting nature’s synergy.

Bee pollen is high in active carotenoids that are later turn into vitamin A in the body, vitamin B1, B2, B6, nicotinic acid, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, 59 different trace minerals, 22 amino acids and various enzymes. Keep in mind when consuming bee pollen as well as most other superfoods, this enzymes and many of it’s nutrients are destroyed by heat, so keep it raw and fresh always.

Some of the effects of bee pollen in the body are:

* Higher performance levels with increased stamina, strength and endurance.

* Stimulation of the metabolism that results in a healthy weight and strengthening of the cell tissues.

* Increased vitality and longevity.

* Increased mental focus and alertness. Overall toning of the nervous system.

* Better assimilation of nutrients and better elimination of toxins.

* Higher resistance to external aggression – bee pollen has natural antibiotic substances and stimulates a faster regeneration of tissues.

* Toning of the intestinal tissues and restoration of healthy intestinal flora.

However, please be grateful for the hard work of our tiny flying friends since it takes a bee eight hours of work per day for a month to gather one teaspoon of bee pollen! and be always conscious of the origin of your bee pollen, nowadays many types of bees around the world are struggling for survival. Yes, bees ARE in danger amongst other reasons, for the dirty battle of chemical farming practices and genetic modifications, so be kind and always grateful.

Spirulina – Pedaling for Peace Super Foods Series

Pedaling for Peace -  Super Foods Series spirulina sea weed algaeSpirulina is a microalgae from the Arthrospira platensis and Athrospira maxima species that was cultivated by the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures since hundreds of years ago. Nowadays is one of the most common superfoods due to it’s high levels of complete protein, vitamins and minerals.

Dried spirulina contains from 50% to 70% protein and contains all the essential aminoacids, high in essential fatty acids and also contains vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. RAD! On top of this, is a good source of chlorophyll that helps to grow and repair tissues in the body and is a powerful antioxidant.

Some of the benefits of consuming spirulina are:

* Increased energy, endurance and stamina.

* Strengthening of the immune system.

* Helps to purify the liver and may help protect against liver damage and failure.

* Helps to maintain a healthy weight.

* Increases mental awareness.

* Lowers blood cholesterol and triglycerides.

* Helps fighting viral infections.

* Proven to prevent cancer and cellular degeneration.

* Promotes healthy digestion and proper bowel function.

Spirulina can be taken in tablets, flakes or powder. Tablets are very practical since many people find the flavor of it too strong and ‘fishy’. You can try mixing it with you lemonade or in a smoothie or simply sprinkle it on top of your food, just making sure not to cook it since that will make it loose many of it beneficial nutrients. In our website you can find several recipes that call for it like our Mulegé smoothie.

However, like many blue-green algae, can be contaminated with toxic substances and absorb heavy metals from the water is was grown in, so always get your spirulina from high quality brands.