Nutrition from the hive

Busy honey bees are a golden treasure of nature. Not only do they supply us with a sweet, amber elixir, but they also give us an array of valuable compounds. Bee products are the ideal complement to aloe vera and now you can enjoy two of nature’s greatest gifts together.

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It’s fair to say that not everyone is a fan of the humble honeybee. Fear of getting stung or mistaking bees for wasps are common reasons why the bee can make a grown man run a mile, but bees actually deserve to be celebrated, their work encouraged, and their lives protected.

Bees have a very intentional job here on earth: to pollinate trees and shrubs. Pollination leads to reproduction and mature crops that produce fruit and seeds, and this means plenty of trees and flowers for food, oxygen and nutrients. While bees are busy bringing balance to our ecosystems, they are also working to make their own unique substances to feed the colony. These substances are packed with nutritional value and the benefits can be enjoyed by us as well as the bees.

The power of the hive

Forever Bee Honey

Honey is one of mankind’s oldest food sources, providing natural energy and goodness to all. This golden elixir is made from the nectar retrieved by bees from flowers, which is why there are so many different types of honey available – the flavour, colour and consistency depends upon the type of flower the nectar has been retrieved from. The darker the shade, the richer it is believed to be in bioactive plant compounds (that’s a good thing). If you regularly find yourself reaching for refined sugar, why not consider replacing it with a bottle of Forever Bee Honey. Naturally nutritious, great energy source rich in bioactive plants compounds.

Forever Bee Pollen

Whilst the queen munches through her royal jelly, worker and drone bees snack on fermented pollen, colloquially referred to as ‘beebread’. Worker bees may be busy collecting pollen to pollinate other flowers, but the pollen is also converted into a little ball of nutrition on the way. The bees mix the pollen with enzymes and rich nectar, returning to the colony with this superfood to share with the rest of the hive. The nutritional value of bee pollen differs greatly depending on which plants provided the pollen, but it always consists of varying levels of protein, amino acids, enzymes and B-complex vitamins. Pollen provides these busy bees with everything they need to survive, which is why you may have heard it referred to as ‘ambrosia’ (the name given to the food of gods in Greek mythology).

The pollen used by Forever is sourced using a patented pollen trap that does not destroy the colony. Forever Bee Pollen supplements are completely free from preservatives and artificial flavours – so why don’t you harness the power of one of nature’s most complete foods? It’s as close to the hive as you can get!

Forever Royal Jelly

Royal jelly is a protein-rich, milky substance that worker bees secrete from glands in their head. All baby bees (larvae) are fed royal jelly during the first few days of their life but when they are old enough to be identified as a worker (female bees) or drone (male bees), they will cease eating the precious substance. Larvae that has been identified as a potential queen bee will be encased in a special ‘queen cup’ where it will spend its days floating in, and consuming royal jelly. Once an adult, the chosen queen bee will live exclusively on royal jelly as the food is believed to help with ovary development so that she can lay countless eggs. Royal jelly consists of proteins, simple sugars, fatty acids, trace elements and vitamins B5 and B6. There is normally only one queen per colony and she’ll grow up to become the largest bee in the hive. She has the ability to use her stinger multiple times and she’ll out-live all the other bees by several years. Her job is to lay thousands of eggs (daily) and all other bees in the hive will do everything they can to protect her.

The royal jelly used to create Forever Royal Jelly supplements is collected using a meticulous method that’s been perfected over decades. To collect royal jelly, Forever creates imitation ‘queen cups’ in a small colony of young bees; these bees will then instinctively fill the cups with royal jelly. The process requires close attention and precise timekeeping, and on average it will take around a thousand three-day-old filled cups to create just 1lb of royal jelly.

Bee Propolis

Propolis is perhaps the lesser known of the bee substances, but one that’s essential to the safety and wellbeing of the colony. The word ‘propolis’ originates from ancient Greek and can be interpreted as ‘defence of the city’. This sticky compound is essentially sap combined with beeswax and other residues, used by bees to protect and build their hives. Its glue-like consistency coats and seals the hive to protect it against pathogens. It’s naturally antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial so bees can carry on with their lives without worrying about interfering external factors! Propolis is naturally rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals and trace elements but its nutritional value can vary greatly depending on the environment and flowers the bees have access to. The bee propolis used to create Forever Bee Propolis supplements has been responsibly harvested for years to ensure the health of the colony and a product of the purest quality.

More products with propolis in Aloe Propolis, Aloe First

Protecting Bee populations through responsible harvesting

Fears of a diminishing honeybee population is a very real concern, and in 2017 and 2018 several species of bee were added to the endangered list. This is particularly worrying since the existence of bees directly correlates to the survival of our world! That’s why Forever only extracts the nutrients within the hive using colony-friendly methods that allow the bees to thrive. The history behind Forever’s bee products can be traced back to a remarkable man called Charles Robson. Robson’s ancestors originated from Germany, but they had been beekeepers since the sixteenth century. In 1958 Robson took over the family business, starting with just 600 colonies, and by 1978 he owned and controlled 10,000

Sadly, that same year, 75% of his colonies were destroyed by agricultural pesticides. Pesticides, along with parasites, are believed to play a major role in the worrying decline of honeybees, which is why Charles Robson decided to move his colonies to Arizona. Robson was innovative in his thinking and knew of the nutritious benefits captured within the hive, which is why he dedicated his life to developing supplements that attained such properties. Forever has been sourcing bee products from Robson since the 1980s and continues to honour his legacy by producing nutritionally-rich bee products. Of course, Forever has grown a lot since those early days and today sources honey from desert regions in the United States and Spain while continuing to maintain the highest standards of quality and responsibility to the hive, just as Charles Robson would have wanted.

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