Bee Pollen supplement Health benefit and side effects
October 22 2016 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Bee pollen is  pollen from flowers that is collected from bees as they enter the hive. Pollen granules stick to the bees' legs and other body parts as they help themselves to nectar (the precursor of honey) inside the flowers. Many people take bee pollen supplements as an energy booster.
Bee pollen has flavonoid constituents that have antioxidant properties. The most predominant compounds in bee pollen are flavonoid glycosides, primarily rutin, quercetin, myricetin, and trans-cinnamic acid. These substances all have various health benefits.

Bee Pollen Allergy - caution, danger, risk
Caution: Bee products may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Discontinue use if this occurs. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your health care professional before using this product. Do not use if either tamper-evident seal is broken or missing. Keep out of the reach of children. Also consider propolis supplement and royal jelly pills.

Certain individuals may have an allergy to bee pollen.
An unknowingly sensitized atopic patient experienced an anaphylactic reaction after ingestion of a small quantity of bee pollen that contained pollens and fungi. There have been reports of eosinophilic gastroenteritis caused by bee pollen sensitization.

CMAJ. 2012. Anaphylaxis from bee pollen supplement.

It is possible the its use may thin the blood. Hence, those on blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin) should be cautious.

My experience
One day I took two teaspoons of bee pollen in the morning. Within a few hours I noticed having a lot more energy and feeling more talkative and in a better mood. Later on that evening I felt slightly uneasy, slightly sweaty, and feeling a little weak. This went away within an hour or two. As far as a bee pollen supplement, 500 mg or 1000 mg is a good dose.

Benefit and review
It is difficult to say how bee pollen supplements can be useful specifically in medicine or health. At this point I am not ready to recommend the use of bee pollen to treat a particular medical condition since we know so little about its properties and benefits. However, as a dietary supplement, it appears to play a role in health maintenance and provides a good energy boost.
   Apitherapy is a treatment of human's ailments by means of bee products, such as honey, propolis, bee pollen, royal jelly and bee venom.

Molecules. 2015. Polyphenols from Bee Pollen: Structure, Absorption, Metabolism and Biological Activity. Bee pollen constitutes a natural source of antioxidants such as phenolic acids and flavonoids, which are responsible for its biological activity. Research has indicated the correlation between dietary polyphenols and cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anticancerogenic, immunostimulating, antianaemic effects, as well as their beneficial influence on osseous tissue. The beneficial effects of bee pollen on health result from the presence of phenolic acids and flavonoids which possess anti-inflammatory properties, phytosterol and linolenic acid which play an anticancerogenic role, and polysaccharides which stimulate immunological activity.

Common cold
Effects of pollen extract upon adolescent swimmers.
Br J Sports Med. 1982.
Many competitive sportsmen in this country regularly use pollen extract as a dietary supplement in the belief that it can lead to an improvement in performance. We have investigated the effects of a six-week course of pollen extract administration on a variety of physiological parameters in a group of twenty adolescent swimmers. During the course of the study, maximum oxygen uptake increased in both the treatment group and the placebo group. No difference between the response of the two groups being observed. Vital capacity showed a significant increase in the treatment group, but not in the placebo group. The results indicate that no positive benefit was obtained from the use of pollen supplementation. However, the number of training days missed due to upper respiratory tract infections was much less in the pollen treatment group (4 days) than in the placebo group (27 days). In a study of longer duration, this difference could lead to an improved performance by the pollen treatment group due to fewer interruptions to training.

Diabetes and blood sugar
Does bee pollen raise blood sugar so it would not be safe for someone with diabetes?
    As far as I know this product should not have a major influence on blood sugar unless perhaps it is taken in massive amounts.

Fungal infections
Inhibitory effect of bee pollen and propolis extracts.
Nahrung. 2004.
Bee pollen and propolis were collected from Apis mellifera colonies in five regions of Turkey. The antifungal properties of methanol extracts of pollen and propolis (2% and 5% concentrations) were determined on Alternaria alternata and Fusarium oxysporium. The least active concentration towards the tested fungi was 2% concentration of both extracts. The inhibitory effect of all bee propolis extracts on growth of F. oxysporium and A. alternata were generally higher when compared with bee pollen extracts. It is suggested that high concentrations of propolis extract could be used as an antifungal agent against tested fungi.

Combining with royal jelly or propolis
I now take a teaspoon of high quality royal jelly and I would like to know if it would be ok to start taking about a teaspoon a day of Bee Pollen along with the royal jelly? The royal jelly works fine but I wanted the added benefits of the bee pollen as well.
    Each person has a unique biochemistry and it is impossible to predict whether you would benefit from adding bee pollen but small amounts should be fine.

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Suggested Use: One bee pollen tablet with breakfast, or as recommended by your health care professional.
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Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container: 125
  Amount Per Serving %Daily Value
Bee Pollen Powder 1 (1,000 mg) *
*Daily Value not established.

Dosage: Take one capsule in the morning with or without breakfast.