Bee Pollen and “The Mutilation Syndrome”
November 21, 2011 § 2 Comments
Our mission is always to provide a complete protein source for our birds. Knowing that birds have a predisposition in difficulty in absorbing and metabolizing proteins, it is absolutely necessary to provide the best possible proteins for their consumption we can find.
Not only does bee pollen offer a good ratio of Lysine to Arginine, it also contains a fair supply of Methionine, the amino acid necessary for the metabolism of animal protein.
In addition, bee pollen contains many, many natural vitamins and minerals not found in other food sources, making this food source an almost perfect food completely standing on its own. Studies show that bee pollen contains as many as 59 trace minerals.
Bee pollen is rich in protein as “free amino acids” which are the most readily absorbed proteins available in Nature. Free form amino acids are singular molecules, not attached by peptide bonds to other amino acids, therefore no digestion process is needed to absorb free form amino acids, they go directly into the metabolic system. Bee pollen is also high in B-complex vitamins and folic acid.
In certain research studies bee pollen has shown to increase both white and red blood cells therefore increasing the oxygen carried through the body. In addition bee pollen has shown to help normalize triglyceride levels in the blood, reducing the lousy LDL blood cholesterol and raising the healthy HDL blood cholesterol levels, therefore a normalization in total blood serum cholesterol level was seen overall. (Ref: http://www.mercola.com/article/diet/bee_pollen.htm)
One might say that a living creature could, if absolutely necessary, survive on bee pollen alone if desperate times called for it.
For these reasons I am adding bee pollen to our ever-growing list of foods “to feed”, not only for daily diets in general, but for birds suffering from “The Mutilation Syndrome“.
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