Prime Minister Tillman Thomas said in a statement that his administration supports Eden Laboratories Inc, the company which launched the new potent herbal supplements.
“It is positively significant that any launch of a new Grenadian product, especially an agri-business product, should be a great cause for celebration because this translates into better use of local raw materials; better food security more positive foreign exchange and increased employment opportunities for our people,” Thomas said.
Thomas also said that apiculture, the commercial farming of bees, fits perfectly with his government’s emphasis on prioritizing the development of agriculture in all of its forms of added value.
Because Jessamine Eden is also a tourist destination, it has remarkably “combined Grenada’s tourism product with apiculture value added products and my administration will continue to support such initiatives,” Thomas added.
The historic product launch was convened on the manicured lawns and flower gardens of Jessamine Eden against a backdrop of a unique glass-framed observation hive and over 20 well maintained bee colonies. The new products were launched to coincide with the Sixth Caribbean Bee Congress and was attended by international delegates from throughout the region, North America and the United Kingdom.
Marketed under the trade name Eden Botanicals, the new dietary herbal capsules are the core essential spices produced in Grenada: cinnamon, ginger and turmeric.
According to Dr Valma Jessamy, Grenada’s only environmental engineering scientist, who is also the resident scientist at Jessamine Eden, the bee pollen capsules are the centrepiece of the four new products manufactured and bottled by Eden Laboratories.
“There have been several clinically approved experiments which prove that bee pollen is an amazing biological stimulant with healing properties,” she said.
Studies from all over the world indicate that the pollen collected by bees from the stamen of flowers is worth its weight in gold. Bee pollen contains 22 amino acids (and higher amounts of the eight essential ones than most high-protein foods), 27 mineral salts, the full range of vitamins, hormones, carbohydrates, and more than 5,000 enzymes and coenzymes necessary for digestion and healing.
A little known fact is that bee pollen is also rich in the bioflavonoid rutin, important for capillary strength, and in vitamin B12. It is, in fact, one of the few vegetable sources of this vitamin. Preliminary observation indicates that bee pollen may prevent cancer. The Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York City has been studying effects of bee pollen, royal jelly and bee venom on cancer.
(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a Caribbeannewsnow release)