According to the former Navy physician and surgeon, beekeeping has a healing property and beekeepers are one of the professions with the longest lifespans worldwide. Schmidt, a certified natural health professional, attested to Merritt's remarks.
"The products that come from bees, and [the benefits of] utilizing them for yourself, is huge. We know bee pollen has every vitamin and mineral known for human nutrition," she said. "The list of health benefits that just from bee pollen, honey and propolis are enormous."
Schmidt described bee pollen as having antiviral, antifungal, anti-parasitic and cell-renewing properties. It also contains the mineral copper and replenishes B vitamins diminished during stress, anxiety and excess sugar consumption. Bee pollen retains these healthful properties when kept cool and not cooked. (Related: Bee pollen is one of nature’s most complete superfoods – here’s why.)
Moreover, she told Merritt that taking bee pollen provides sustained energy throughout the day and great sleep at night. When asked about how much bee pollen to take, Schmidt said she takes about one to two teaspoons a day – but the amount ultimately varies from person to person.
Propolis, a material bees use to build the hive and fill its cracks, has incredible medicinal benefits. Honey, which Schmidt dubbed as "God's great and perfect sweetener," also has nutritive properties.
According to Schmidt, honey has a lower glycemic index than sugar – making it a good sweetener for people who are concerned about their blood glucose levels. "There is a glucose measurement in it, but there are so many other components to honey," she said. "[Those components make] it more complex … and easier to digest, and your body absorbs [honey] way slower than regular sugar.
However, Schmidt recommended against taking royal jelly unless it's someone extremely ill. She warned that obtaining royal jelly would require removing the queen bee from the hive. Schmidt ultimately stressed that other apiculture products that would not call for killing the queen bee are a much better choice for people.
Nevertheless, Merritt's guest reiterated that the body can benefit from being around bees.
"It's very calming, [and] it brings down your adrenaline levels. They just calm everyone … [using] the frequency of their wings. When they are together actually, it emits this healing frequency."
The Medical Rebel agreed with this, sharing how she used a stethoscope to listen to the sound of a beehive. She described it as a nice sound in the middle C frequency. Schmidt seconded this observation, telling Merritt that the apian frequency ranges between 120 and 240 hertz – which naturally resonates with the human body.
"They also get louder. And they also have a slow cyclic rhythm of their humming even inside when they are all together in the hive," said the host of the "Merritt Medical Hour."
According to Schmidt, several studies attest to the healing power of bees. These studies note how individuals who are around bees have a longer lifespan, have less depression and have fewer ailments, among others. She pointed out it had to do with mental health and wellness, and ultimately exhorted people to really get around bees besides getting out and getting their feet in the dirt.
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