Bee Pollen Dosage

Daily Dose of Bee Pollen: 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon

Supplementing with Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen has more than 96 nutrients. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/forestwander-nature-pictures/

Bee pollen is a well known folk remedy that is used to treat a wide variety of ailments. According to some experts, it is a “perfect food” because it contains more than 96 nutrients needed for life, and is made up of 40 percent protein. One of the best things about it is that our bodies don’t need to break the nutrients down to smaller or more elemental parts because it is broken down as much as possible already. This is because bee pollen is a mixture of pollens that have been picked up by bees as they fly from flower to flower.

Research is still in the preliminary stages but a few studies on bee pollen have been quite promising. One small study found that it may reduce the side effects of radiation therapy for cancer. Another study found some benefits in men who are suffering from chronic prostatitis or an enlarged prostate. In addition, research on a product containing bee pollen seemed to indicate that the product reduces symptoms of PMS. Other than these said benefits of bee pollen, many experts believe that it is good for the immune system, it can help build resistance to allergies, and it can increase endurance and energy. The significant impact it can have on the immune system is due to the fact that it contains vitamins B, C, D, and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, selenium, cysteine, and a variety of proteins. Using bee pollen to reduce allergies may sound conflicting but it can help the body build up a resistance to allergies by lowering the body’s sensitivity to pollen, similar to a vaccine. It can help the body build a resistance if consumed in small amounts. Because of all the minerals and vitamins in bee pollen, it makes sense for it to increase energy and endurance in athletes. However, more research needs to be done and more evidence needs to be found before it’s known whether bee pollen truly helps these conditions.

There is no recommended daily dose for bee pollen yet although many people use 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of bee pollen granules daily, eventually increasing it up to 6 teaspoons. It is best to ask a medical professional for advice on how to take this supplement.

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/supplement-guide-bee-pollen
http://www.livestrong.com/article/88904-bee-pollen-health-benefits/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/380390-how-much-bee-pollen-should-one-take/

References

  • Wu YD1, Lou YJ. A steroid fraction of chloroform extract from bee pollen of Brassica campestris induces apoptosis in human prostate cancer PC-3 cells. Phytother Res. 2007 Nov;21(11):1087-91. PMID: 17639562.
  • Pascoal A1, Rodrigues S1, Teixeira A2, Feás X3, Estevinho LM4. Biological activities of commercial bee pollens: antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Food Chem Toxicol. 2014 Jan;63:233-9. PMID: 24262487.
  • Avni D1, Hendriksma HP2, Dag A3, Uni Z4, Shafir S5. Nutritional aspects of honey bee-collected pollen and constraints on colony development in the eastern Mediterranean. J Insect Physiol. 2014 Oct;69:65-73. PMID: 25038311.

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