Montana Naturals - Pure Energy - 150 Capsules (475mg)
Montana Naturals Pure Energy is a popular combination of bee pollen, gotu kola, eleuthero, and royal jelly. Since 1987, Montana Naturals Pure Energy has been a favorite with people seeking energy without caffeine, ephedra or other harsh stimulants.About Montana Naturals
Back in 1982, a salesman stopped for lunch in the tiny town of Terry, Montana and overheard the town’s lawyer, barber and beekeeper talking about bee pollen in the next booth. They had a lot of bee pollen but they didn’t have a clue about how to sell it. The salesman struck up a conversation and he started to sell the granules, capsules and tablets at truck stops along his route.
Meanwhile, in Arlee, Montana, a local boy, Ron Hauge, returned from Europe with his Irish wife, Denise, where both had been working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. Ron was an entrepreneur and marketer with a business degree in finance and he was interested in creating a local business to support his family.
The salesman and Ron crossed paths a year later and following their encounter, Ron formed a small company called Pollen and Herbs in 1983. Having worked for WHO, Ron and Denise were initially interested in bee pollen as a highly nutritious, compact food that might stave off world hunger. Out of their little office, they sent out samples and literature and realized that the market for bee pollen lay with health food stores because the stores believed in foods as nature intended and the stores were already familiar with bee products. They hired a telemarketer and by the end of 1983, they were in 830 stores throughout the 50 states.
Ron believed in “Quality from an Environment You can Trust” and developed a drying system with cool air that would reduce the moisture content of the wildflower pollen so it could be cleaned, but still maintain its enzyme content and be shelf stable. He sold granules as well as capsules and tablets. Later he added royal jelly and propolis products and in 1985, launched a unique combination product called “Pure Energy,” which is still a very popular favorite today as an energizing formula that combines bee pollen and royal jelly with gotu kola and eleuthero but doesn’t contain caffeine or other stimulants.
In 1985, Ron and Denise incorporated Montana Naturals as a company with Montana Big Sky as the brand and in 1987, the company went public and continued to grow. Nutraceutical purchased the Montana Big Sky brand in 2004 and as part of Nutraceutical’s “Family of Brands” it continues to be loyal to the health food stores that embraced the nutritious Montana bee pollen more than 25 years ago.
Montana Naturals Bee Pollen FAQ's
Q: Why do your competitors have Organic bee products, and you don’t?
A: While a committee has been formed to develop organic honey standards, standards have yet to be formally established for other bee products - royal jelly, propolis or bee pollen. Until these standards are established, we are not comfortable labeling our products as “organic.” However, we go to great lengths to ensure our products are all natural, tested and screened as needed. This is our guarantee to you.
Q: Is all royal jelly of the same quality?
A: Royal jelly may vary in potency depending on the supplier. Therefore, royal jelly should be tested for its unique fatty acid, 10-HDA to ensure potency. Our royal jelly is sourced from a reputable supplier and is tested in our own laboratories for 10-HDA to ensure 100 percent pure royal jelly.
Q: What is the difference between freeze-dried and fresh royal jelly?
A: Fresh royal jelly must be frozen or combined with honey to preserve it at room temperature. Freeze- dried royal jelly powder is simply fresh royal jelly in which all water content has been removed. Freeze-dried royal jelly is a powder form that allows for more diverse use and is best in capsules and tablets, chewables or softgels.
Q: Is it true that bee pollen is a “perfect food”?
A: Bee pollen is not a “perfect food” since it lacks the essential vitamins D, K, and E. However, it is an excellent food source. When compared in terms of caloric equivalents to highly nutritious foods-beef, chicken, beans, whole wheat bread, apples, cabbage and tomatoes-bee pollen contains over twice the amount of iron and is one of the best natural sources of B-Vitamins Thiamine, Riboflavin, and Niacin. It also contains over 50 percent more protein by weight than beef and contains varying amounts of naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that may provide nutritive support for a healthy immune system.
Q: What is the difference between raw propolis and a concentrate?
A: Raw propolis has not been cleaned and contains 30 to 50 percent wax, an inert substance. A concentrate is heated so that the wax can be melted out. This process also helps remove heavy metals, bee parts and other extraneous material, leaving a cleaner, highly concentrated resin with all the benefits of the constituents. Propolis naturally contains resins and balsams, essential oils, and pollen as well as minerals and vitamins. It also contains naturally occurring antioxidant bioflavonoids.