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How Humans Benefit from Bees



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For millions of years, bees have been living in this world. Gathering nectar, making honey, defending it from hungry predators, and pollinating flowers has been a great part of their lives. As far as humans have grown, over time, they have derived multiple benefits from these black-and yellow, buzzing friends.

Honey. The first thing that comes into the mind of every person when they encounter the word “bee” is honey, the product of collecting sweet nectar from different flowers, adding enzymes, a hint of pollen, and storing it into small hexagonal spaces in the wax comb. Honey has been proven to have lots of uses. Mixing it with olive oil makes good lip balm, a tablespoon dissolved in hot water makes a good health drink, a spoonful keeps away the coughs, colds, pollen allergies, and so much more. It is also a good substitute for sugar, despite having more calories, the nutrients in honey have not been overheated and damaged, as opposed to granulated sugar. Here’s a fact- bees are the only insects that make something that humans consume.

Bee Pollen. After collecting nectar from different flowers, bees can’t help but also gather pollen, yellowish dust that flowers need in order to bear fruit, seeds, and make more flowers. According to benefitsofbeepollen.com, pollen is one of the most complete foods you’ll ever eat. With a wide variety of essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein, and amino acids, b vitamins, and only a few calories per serving, bee pollen is surely a good product. For centuries, the Chinese have been using the product for their health. As the years passed by, researchers have been digging deeper and have been hauling in more uses for bee pollen.

Pollination. Imagine a world without this. Of course, no flowers, no produce, no crops, no veggies, to sum it all up, no food. Bees are the greatest pollinators of all time. Without really meaning to, they catch pollen, and dust it off on other flowers, hence, pollination occurs.

Royal jelly. Another product from the hive that contains lots of nutrients that helps in the production of glial cells and neural stem cells in the brain. It can also be found in beauty product outlets.

Beeswax. The long chain of fatty acids and alcohol is used in a number of products such as rosin, cosmetics, hair care products, soaps, surgical bone wax, candles, shoe polish, furniture polish, modeling waxes, cutler’s resin, and so much more.

Spare a thought for the bees. Where could humans possibly be without them?

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