Bee Pollen

Uses

Principal Proposed Uses

  • None

Other Proposed Uses

Bee pollen is the pollen collected by bees as they gather nectar from flowers for making honey. Like honey, bee pollen is used as a food by the hive. The pollen granules are stored in pollen sacs on the bees' hind legs. Beekeepers who wish to collect bee pollen place a screen over the hive with openings just large enough for the bees to pass through. As the bees enter the hive, the screen compresses their pollen sacs, squeezing the pollen from them. The beekeepers can then collect the pollen from the screen. Bee pollen is very high in protein and carbohydrates, and it contains trace amounts of minerals and vitamins. 1 It is used in a number of traditional Chinese herbal formulas and is sold as a nutritional supplement in the United States and other countries. Although it has been recommended for a variety of uses, particularly for improving sports performance and relieving allergies, little to no scientific evidence backs up any of the claims about the therapeutic value of bee pollen.

Requirements/Sources

Bee pollen is not the sort of thing you will find in your everyday diet, unless you regularly eat the snack bars that include it. Tablets and some snack products containing bee pollen are available in pharmacies and healthfood stores.

Therapeutic Dosages

Athletes using bee pollen report consuming 5 to 10 tablets per day. Tablets can contain variable amounts of bee pollen, usually from 200 to 500 mg. The manufacturer's recommendations may provide more guidance.

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