Bee Pollen: Boon or Bane?

Bee Pollen has traditionally been used as a holistic remedy for a wide range of conditions from prostate cancer to skin conditions and can help rectify specific nutritional imbalances within the body.

Used as a medicine among the early Egyptian and Chinese civilizations, Bee Pollen known as Apis Mellifera in scientific terminology is also known as honey bee pollen. Bee pollen was used to embalm the pharaohs of ancient Egypt and the Greeks called it ‘life-giving dust’.

Even Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician recognized its healing and rejuvenating properties.

What is Bee Pollen?

It is pollen from the plants that collect on the legs of bees while they feed on the nectar of flowers. It is a combination of pollen, plant nectar, and bee saliva. It is not to be confused with bee honey.

Bee Pollen first rose to popularity in the 1970’s when it was endorsed by athletes who praised it for its stamina enhancing properties. Bee pollen has been a part of certain cultures for centuries but in modern times, it is only now that its benefits are being explored.

Bee Pollen is a complete food and contains many nutrients which animal based products do not. It is rich in minerals and amino acids, vitamins, including B-complex, and folic acid.

Bee Pollen has been described as 'nature's perfect food'. Many Chinese medicines contain bee pollen due to its rich nutritional properties.

Why add bee pollen to your daily diet?

There are at least ten amazing reasons why you should incorporate Bee Pollen into your daily diet.

  1. Energy Enhancer – the large number of nutrients present in Bee Pollen makes it a natural energy booster and keeps you active and alert all day
  2. Skin Soother – Bee Pollen is a natural skin soother and is often used to treat diseases of the skin such as eczema.
  3. Skin Soother – Bee Pollen is a natural skin soother and is often used to treat diseases of the skin such as eczema.
  4. Respiratory benefits – Bee Pollen contains several antioxidants that can help to combat asthma and other respiratory diseases.
  5. Treatment of Allergies - Oral intake of Bee Pollen has been known to be successful in the treatment of allergies and particularly in the clearing of the sinuses.
  6. Digestion – Bee Pollen can also aid digestion by helping the body in extracting nutrients efficiently.
  7. Immune system – Bee Pollen has antibiotic properties that help to protect the body from various viral infections. It is also rich in antioxidants that preserve cells from free radicals.
  8. Treatment for Addiction – it inhibits cravings and suppresses the urgency for drugs.
  9. Prevents Heart Disease – Bee Pollen helps strengthen blood vessels and enhances the circulatory system and corrects cholesterol levels. Its anti-clotting properties help prevent strokes.
  10. Prostate Cancer – Benign prostate conditions can be treated with Bee Pollen, which reduces inflammation.
  11. Infertility issues – Bee Pollen can increase the chances of fertility by improving ovarian function. What's more, it is also a great aphrodisiac improving sexual function in both men and women.

How Should Bee Pollen Be Consumed?

Bee Pollen is best eaten in the morning at breakfast with a bit of fruit. Bee Pollen is mainly used as a dietary or nutritional supplement.

Besides the reasons stated above, bee pollen is also used for the following:

  • Improve stamina
  • To check premature aging
  • To provide relief from Premenopausal symptoms
  • For the treatment of rheumatism
  • Treatment of diarrhea and a host of others

It is also undeniable that bee pollen is rich in nutrients and this could be by why Geniux works. It contains almost twice the amount of animal protein found in ordinary amounts of meat, twice as much iron than in any other food and significantly high amounts of vitamins and minerals.

Most people experience an immediate surge of energy and rejuvenation after the first few doses of Bee Pollen. They also vouch for a greater sense of well-being and report other health benefits after a period of time.

Downsides of Bee Pollen

Perhaps the most important drawback is the lack of scientific evidence for any of its benefits. There is also a lack of controlled laboratory studies on its benefits. But what is clear is that taking Bee Pollen is not without risk. Bee pollen has also been touted to help lose weight, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns of its potential dangers.

So How Safe Is It?

  • It can cause serious allergies in some users
  • It is not recommended for lactating mothers or pregnant women
  • Bee pollen can cause hemorrhages if taken with anti-clotting agents or medications

Online information about Bee Pollen usually exaggerates its potential benefits in order to increase sales. They often overlook the fact that it could cause life- threatening anaphylaxis. That said, at least, one study did find anti-inflammatory properties in bee pollen. What can also be said that it is safe to use in the short term.

Where Can You Get It?

If you are not prone to allergic reactions, and you wish to take Bee Pollen, it is available in powdered form, granules, capsules or tablets in health food stores. Remember to keep it refrigerated as it spoils in room temperature.

It is also recommended to try local Bee Pollen first in order to help your body fight off any allergic reactions to help your body get used to it.

How Much Should I Take?

Now here is another catch. There is no recommended dose. Just start with a quarter teaspoon of Bee Pollen daily and increase it gradually to a spoonful or two.

Granules are the most recommended form to be taken orally starting with a spoonful daily a half hour before breakfast mixed in milk or juice and gradually work it up to two teaspoonfuls a day.

Children can be given three granules per day and increase it by two granules to reach a half teaspoon daily.

Bee Pollen has a sweet flowery taste and blends easily into smoothies, cereals, salads, milk and yogurt.

Check with Your Doctor First!

So while there are no serious side effects of Bee Pollen, it is always better to check with your doctor first before buying it over the counter.