Pollen is found in flowering plants. Bees collect pollen while they’re searching for
nectar. Pollen can be gathered from bees. It can also be harvested from plants by
machines. Bee pollen contains the male reproductive cells of flowers. It also contains
digestive enzymes from bees.
Pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, and amino acids. It’s
also a great source of antioxidants. Its exact makeup varies. This depends on the
plant from which the pollen was taken. The protein in bee pollen is harder to digest
than other sources of protein.
Medically valid uses
There are no well-established uses for bee pollen. Many claims are made for pollen,
but no solid studies support these claims.
Note that this section reports on claims that have not yet been backed up by scientific
Many healthcare providers feel that the benefits of using bee pollen don’t outweigh
But people use bee pollen for many reasons. These can include helping symptoms of
benign prostatic hyperplasia and inflammation of the prostate (chronic prostatitis).
It’s also used to ease allergies and protect the liver from effects of some toxins.
Bee pollen is also claimed to lower cholesterol, reduce hardening of the arteries
(atherosclerosis), improve metabolism, and increase hormone levels. It may also improve
stamina and sexual strength, reduce depression, and ease bleeding problems.
There is no best dosage for bee pollen. It’s best to take only a small amount at first.
This way, you can test it in case you have a reaction.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should talk with their healthcare provider
before taking any supplements.
Side effects, toxicity, and interactions
Some people may be allergic to bee pollen when it’s taken by mouth. Allergic reactions
range from mild to fatal. Symptoms can include wheezing, discomfort, and a rash. In
rare cases, a severe allergic reaction can happen. This is called anaphylaxis. People
who have allergies or asthma should not use bee pollen.
There are no known food or medicine interactions linked with bee pollen.
The nature of bee pollen depends on the flower where it came from. Carbohydrate and
protein content can vary from one species to another. Pollen taken from plants growing
in areas with environmental contamination may be affected by the toxins in that area.
This is especially true for heavy metal contamination.