Is Bee Pollen Good For You?

Is Bee Pollen Good For You?

So, you’ve been getting bits and pieces of information about bee pollen but you’re still not sure about its health benefits. You’ve come to the right place…

In this post we will dive deep into the question – is bee pollen good for you? – as well as provide you with tips to get the maximum benefits.

But first…

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What is Bee Pollen?

Bee pollen refers to little, golden-colored granules that bees feed their young ones to help them grow. When bees flit from flower to flower they collect pollen grains, mix it with secretions from their salivary glands and then attach it to the tiny hairs on the back of their legs.

To harvest this pollen, bee-keepers attach a small screen to the entrance of the hive that allows the harmless removal of these granules as the bees enter.

On average bee-keepers can receive 50-250 grams of pollen per day per colony.

Benefits of Bee Pollen

Bee pollen, also popularly referred to as “the-life-giving-dust” by ancient Greeks and Romans, has been found to contain all the nutrients required by the body to maintain optimum health.

So much so that the German Federal Board of Health approved and recognizes it as medicine.

Benefits of Bee Pollen

After extensive research, the board discovered bee pollen contains over 250 substances ranging from vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and proteins – nutrients necessary for the human body to thrive.

Some of its most popular uses are:

i) Used to help fight diseases.

According to studies conducted in 2005, the antioxidant capacity in bee pollen was found to be very high making the pollen an incredible antidote to many life-threatening diseases.

High antioxidant levels in the pollen also promote good health by preventing and reducing the damage caused by free radicals.

This helps build the body’s immunity and correct body chemistry deformities.

ii) Provide energy

Research by scientists suggests bee collected pollen contains 40% of sugar i.e glucose, fructose e.t.c. These are identical to those in raw honey known for increasing energy.

Bee pollen is also used by athletes and bodybuilders to enhance their endurance.

The wide range of vitamins and minerals contained alongside these sugars enhance the vitality of cells by boosting circulation further supporting the production of energy.

iii) Slow down aging

Bee pollen is considered to be nature’s “fountain-of-youth” largely in part due to its high antioxidant properties.

It’s ability to reverse the aging process is also attributed to its abundance of vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, carotenoids and even some essential minerals and fatty acids.

iv) Aids in digestion

Bee pollen regulates intestinal functions and assists in the digestion of other foods due to its self-digesting properties.

It is also believed to contain nearly 5,000 enzymes that help with various digestive disorders and other cases resistant to antibiotic treatment e.g diarrhea and chronic constipation.

v) Relieve stress

Saturated with nutritional and tonic compounds, bee pollen has been proven over thousands of years to contain therapeutic properties that help manage and relieve stress and anxiety.

The wide variety of minerals and vitamins increase blood circulation and stimulate the production of feel-good hormones e.g. Serotonin, dopamine and endorphins that leave one feeling happy, relaxed and confident.

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Side Effects of Bee Pollen

So, is bee pollen good for you?

Yes. Generally, everyone can benefit from taking bee pollen. That said, you need to know your bee status before touching this super food.

People with pollen allergies can experience severe allergic symptoms such as hives, anaphylaxis and skin discoloration under the eyes.

Pregnant women can safely consume bee pollen in their first trimester. However, it is advised they steer clear of unpasteurized products as they might contain contaminants that might harm the developing baby.

Bee pollen should not be taken at all during breastfeeding.

Patients taking blood thinners are also advised to avoid taking bee pollen as it can cause increased bleeding.

Bee Pollen Dosage

Bee pollen comes in whole granules or in ground form.

For adults, the recommended dosage is 1 tbs (5ml) half an hour before breakfast every morning. You can gradually increase your dose as you monitor your body’s reaction until you can safely consume 2 tbs.

The maximum recommended dosage is 15 ml per day.

Children are advised to take the granular form, starting with just three grains and increasing the dosage by two grains after every few days until they reach 1/2 tbs per day.

The pollen can be mixed with water, milk, juice or even honey.

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10 thoughts on “Is Bee Pollen Good For You?

  1. Wow, Chris. I never knew bee pollen had that many advantages. I mean, I knew it was good for you, but it really does seem to be a superfood.

    I will definitely consider adding bee pollen to my daily regimen – it’s something I will be discussing with my friends tomorrow at lunch!!!

    I wanted to ask: Where is the best place to buy bee pollen? Is it available locally in health food stores, or is it mainly available online?

    It’s the type of thing you hear about but seldom stumble across online – never heard of Walmart doing it LOL 🙂

    Cheers for yet another great article Chris – love visiting this site and seeing what new reads you have on offer. Look forward to your reply. 


    1. Hi there Andy, 

      I personally shop in my local health store in town…but you certainly don’t have to! Amazon have a huge selection of bee pollen products – if you shop about online you’re bound to find a few cheaper alternatives (it’s everywhere these days!). 

      Hope this helps mate – thanks for stopping by once again! 🙂

  2. Great info on the bees, I’m vegan and honey is the only thing we touch when it comes animal products. It’s because it is a super food. Just curious, have you got any info on the disappearance of the bees? I would love to read about that if you do. If not maybe I gave you an article to write about! Lol. Great work.

    1. Hi Jim,

      No I haven’t as it goes – but you’re right about that being a good basis for a new article (good call!). As long as the subject doesn’t get too technical or scientific…I should be alright!!! 🙂

  3. Hi this is amazing. There really seems to be no limit to what can be found in nature. To think we spend so much time and money on artificial medicine instead of exploring what the world provides. I would ask is this bee pollen safe for those who have asthma or other allergies. Thanks 

    1. Hi Kenny,

      If you suffer with asthma or other allergies I would suggest talking to your doctor before changing your diet in any way. As I stress time and time again – I am not a medical professional and I don’t offer medical advice here! 

  4. Hey there,

    Although there are bee pollen products in the market, I’ve never really tried to consume it. I didn’t think it was edible, or even consumable by a human being. I do prefer the bee royal jelly though, I have tried it many years ago and felt good about it.

    Regarding the bee pollen, can i just buy a jar and simply get a spoon and eat it? Or would you suggest other ways to consume it?



  5. I’m curious in this discussion about Bee Pollen. Why? I know very much what it is all about not of its vitamin content but the real pollen from the beehives. I know how it looks and how it tastes.

    It’s so interesting to know that it contains beneficial ingredients our body needs and I commend this site for this discussion.

    There’s one thing disturbing my mind which we should all be careful about and that is about fake pollen. There are companies selling bee pollen and I doubt how they could produce bee pollen as much as they can produce tablets for their products. I say this because I can calculate how much a bee colony can have a fist size of pollen which can be seen within every six months. Even they have a cultured bees to produce such pollen it is not easy to have it as we think of it.

    1. I’ll level with you here Abagatan – I have no idea about fake pollen, and I’ve also never heard of it before! 

      Are there really companies that attempt to fake this? Do you have any proof?

      These days it’s near enough impossible to get away with that sort of thing…

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