God Save The Bees, Their Pollen May Save Us

By Nicole German (RD, LD)

bee pollenHoney bees are mysteriously dying around the world and this is tragic since the pollen they collect has a lot of health properties!

When I heard about bee pollen as a health supplement, my first thought was, “Ew, gross. You want me to ingest pollen?

Bee pollen is a mysteriously potent product and researchers are still trying to figure out how and why it is so beneficial!

Nevertheless, many have been using bee pollen for years to treat health conditions and swear by it.

Quick Facts: What is Bee Pollen?

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  • Pollen comes from the male parts of a flower. Bee pollen is the yellow stuff that gets stuck on the bees’ bodies.
  • One little granule of bee pollen contains millions of different flower pollens.
  • Bee pollen is a complete protein and similar to wheat germ or yeast supplement but, even more potent.
  • Tastes slightly sweet, but bitter and has a crunchy texture.
  • High in rutin (a type of plant storage chemical called a glycoside): May help to improve circulation, act as an antioxidant, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • May contribute to the health of our DNA!

7 Possible Healing Powers

  1. Skin soothing: Used for diaper rash and eczema as it may stimulate the growth of new healthy skin cells.
  2. Increased stamina and athletic performance: May increase red blood cells and decrease pulse rate.
  3. Reduced side effects of chemotherapy: Reduced nausea and better sleep was reported. Bee pollen may increase white blood cell count and act as a rich source of nutrients. Many are experimenting with bee pollen in cancer prevention and treatment.
  4. Reduced LDL cholesterol: Likely due to possible anti-inflammatory properties
  5. Increased female fertility: Some reports show higher levels of ovulation.
  6. Weight loss: Some say this helps suppress the appetite and increase the metabolism. I cannot agree with this… yet!
  7. Anti-aging and anti-inflammatory: The beekeepers themselves swear by it!

Word of Caution

Be careful: Some may be allergic to bee pollen and not even know it! By ingesting the supplement you risk a possible allergic reaction, most likely, if you suffer from pollen allergies or are allergic to bee stings. Pregnant women should not ingest bee pollen either.

Another fact to note is that although bee pollen seems like another great superfood, there is no research to support these theories of healing powers. Perhaps this is because we have been unable to recreate bee pollen in a lab. There is something mysterious to this bee pollen that prevents us from providing conclusive research!

Bee Pollen costs between $5-$20. If you choose to supplement your diet with bee pollen, make sure you purchase it from a reputable source and the unprocessed varieties are most likely best.

Have you tried bee pollen as a supplement?

1 Comment

  1. Spectra

    Hmm…I’ve never tried it, but my local health food store does sell it. I always wondered what it was good for. Thanks for the info…I might try it.

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