Did you know that you can extend bee pollen shelf life to a very long time? Bee created pollen will lose its efficacy eventually just like all other natural products; however, you can retain the potency for a longer period if you follow the correct storage procedures.
Shelf life basically refers to how long a product lasts before it goes bad or loses its effectiveness.
Naturally, products that are loaded with preservatives last much longer than organic ones that only contain natural ingredients.
Since bee pollen is 100% natural, it is quite understandable that people would be concerned about its shelf life.
On the average, bee pollen supplements should last up to two years provided that you keep it properly stored. Here are some of the things you can do to prolong bee pollen shelf life:
* Keep it refrigerated – As a rule, you should keep the pollen inside the fridge once you have opened it so that it retains its potency. However, if you live in an extremely cold place, or if it’s the winter season, this may not be necessary, provided the room temperature does not go beyond 20 degrees Celsius.
But if you want the supplement to last even longer, you can also store it in the freezer, especially if you have the ones that come in the form of granules.
* Always close the container tightly – This will keep moisture from seeping in and making the product go bad. It also prevents bacteria and other microbes from contaminating the pollen and reducing its nutritional value.
* Keep it in an opaque bottle – Exposure to sunlight drains pollen of its natural potency, thus cutting its shelf life by a huge margin. You should therefore buy bee pollen supplements that come in opaque containers, preferably those that are tinted white or orange because these are best for blocking the sun’s rays from damaging the contents.
* Go for the encapsulated powder – Pollen supplements come in the form of tablets, granules and encapsulated powder. Tablets last quite a long time but the nutritional value is not that high because these have gone through a heating process, which destroys a lot of the vitamins and minerals in the substance.
Granules do contain more nutrients but have a shorter bee pollen shelf life. Encapsulated powder supplements, on the other hand, offer both great nutritional value and a long shelf life, making it the best choice among the three.
Bee pollen shelf life also varies considerably depending on the brand of product you use. If you want a supplement that last longer, you should choose one that comes from New Zealand because their pollens are 100% pure and do not contain any contaminants that would reduce their potency.
The best brand we’ve come across is Xtend–life Natural Energy. Not only does it have long shelf life but it also has the most nutrients and the fastest absorption rate among all the pollen supplements available today.