Introducing The Benefits Of Beekeeping

According to the United States federal government, honeybees are classified as livestock (food-producing animals) because the products of beekeeping enter the human food chain, including honey, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly.

With other livestock, you may get eggs, meat, milk, or manure. With honeybees, the list of benefits and by-products is a long one.

Liquid Gold: An Abundance Of Honey
This liquid gold is the top reason why many people want to become beekeepers.Did you know honey is the only food that never expires? That’s right, as long as you keep it covered, it never goes bad.

You never have to worry about using your honey harvest before it spoils.As a matter of fact, the honey you extract this year can be enjoyed by your ancestors hundreds of years from now.

Pollen Is Everywhere
Pollen is actually the sperm cells of a plant—the male part. Plants use pollen to get the male cells from one flower onto another. Whether you love pollen or loathe it, bees need pollen to survive.

The bees fly from flower to flower and plant to plant gathering nectar, pollinating plants, and collecting pollen on their bodies.

Some of the microscopic death star (for some of us) particles of pollen are collected by the bees and transferred to other flowers, and some are brought back to the hive for food. The tiny particles make their way into the honey, and we consume them.

Beekeepers also collect pollen from the bees to use for health reasons since it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates.

In fact, the German Federal Board of Health lists bee pollen as a medicine. Pollen is just another one of the many by-products of beekeeping that you will come to enjoy.

Health Benefits Of Beekeeping
There are many health benefits to beekeeping. For starters, you’ll live longer. Seriously, science shows that people who have a hobby are 21 percent more likely to live longer. What better hobby is there than beekeeping? It's all about raw honey.

Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been heated, pasteurized, or processed. Unless otherwise advertised, all the honey you buy in the store has been pasteurized. Raw honey is the honey that you will extract from your beehives.

Raw honey has bits of pollen and fine crystals, and, depending on how finely you filtered it, some wax and even the occasional bee part. All the natural yeast and enzymes are intact.

This is honey with the maximum health benefits. Pasteurized honey contains fewer antioxidants and nutrients and less bee pollen. Store-bought pasteurized honey may also have some unwanted added ingredients, like sugar.

People consume honey, which still contains pollen, to help with  seasonal allergies. When they consume local raw honey, they are exposed to small amounts of pollen and can build up an immunity to the pollen of local plants.

After setting up your first beehive and watching your bees, you will start to notice and identify each type of bee and their primary responsibility. The worker bees have the job of gathering nectar and pollen for the hive.

Beeing A Part Of Nature
By becoming a beekeeper, you will personally have an active part in protecting an endangered species. How cool is that? That fact alone brings a sense of satisfaction and a kind of joy in watching your bees.

Plus, we’re still trying to figure out bees’ fascinating communication methods. Bees have a language all their own called the bee waggle dance.

If you watch closely enough, you can observe some of this communication in action. Bees provide an endless source of entertainment for everyone who takes the time to closely observe them.

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