What are the Health Benefits of Bee Pollen?


bee pollenI have been using a bee pollen supplements product for about two years now and I really do believe it's been the main reason why I've avoided colds and flu when the rest of my family have come down with them on a regular basis. I sometimes feel a cold coming on, but by the next morning symptoms disappeared.  I don't suffer any allergic reactions or side effects to this amount of bee pollen.  A lot of people take bee pollen, but what are the benefits of bee pollen, how much should you take and are there any health studies to back up the claims made by so many for “this miracle supplement”?

I personally take about 15 g of the pollen a day and find that to be effective, but the doses that other people recommend varying enormously.  For example in Robert Rister's book “Healing Without Medication”, he suggests that bee pollen should not be taken for any more than two weeks of the time to prevent forming an allergy to the preparation. He also quotes typical doses as 1 – 1.5 grams per day which is well below what most recommend.

Bee pollen has been used for centuries (Pythagoras & Hippocrates both noted its rejuvenating properties) because of its perceived nutritional and medicinal benefits and today you can find it in health shops and supermarkets, typically as “pellets”straight from the bees.  As the bees move from plant to plant collecting nectar, the pollen on the stamens of the flowers sticks to the back legs and forms these pellets. The bees secrete a sticky substance from their stomachs to help the pollen stick together so that it can be transported back to their beehive. With a water content of up to 20%, bee pollens must be dehydrated as it is prepared for packaging to be sold in shops, otherwise it would not have a very long shelf-life (fungal spores are often found in bee pollen).

Bees themselves with use these pellets as a source of food and I wonder if that is one of the reasons why bee colonies rarely “get ill” – think about it, bees are in such close proximity to each other that if one got sick they would all get sick!  The bee pollen contains nectar and saliva which the bees can mix with honey and store in the honeycomb to produce a “bread” that is rich in vitamins E and K.

The bee pollen and you can buy will vary according to the area of the pollen was collected. Obviously in different areas there are different flowers, and the types of flowers will dictate the types of pollen found in the bee pollen that you buy in the shops.

Bee Pollen Benefit – It is A Rich Source of Vitamins

Pollen is a rich source of vitamins and minerals as well as proteins and fats and probably natural antibiotics that can destroy harmful bacteria.  Carotenoids, found in the pollen are used by the body to make vitamin A.

Bee Pollen is also known as a rich source of B vitamins which are necessary in our bodies:

Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin B7 (biotin), Vitamin B12 (cobalamin), Nicotinic acid,  and folic acid.  The amounts of vitamin B found in pollen is higher than most fruits and vegetables.

Bee pollen also contains vitamins C, D and PABA.

Rutin (a citrus flavonoid glycoside, a specialized molecule that originates in plants) is also found in bee pollen in high concentration, and it's been suggested that rutin helps protect the cardiovascular system by making blood vessels more permeable and pliable and also acting as a blood thinning agent.  As it thins the blood, it stops the platelets from sticking together which reduces the chance of blockage in narrow blood vessels around the heart.

What are the health benefits of Bee Pollen?

The Mineral Content of Bee Pollen

Bee pollen contains a wide range of minerals including:

  • calcium
  • chlorine
  • copper
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • manganese
  • phosphorus
  • potassium
  • Silicon
  • sulphur

In total, it's been suggested that bee pollen contains up to 59 different trace minerals that are available to our bodies.

Other Nutrients in Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is known to contain anywhere between 10 and 35%  protein. Quite a lot of this can be in the form of amino acids which are available to our bodies, and many of the amino acids that are found in the pollen cannot be made by our bodies, and are therefore essential amino acids to having the diet. Some of the protein found in the pollen is in the form of enzymes like a amylase and catalase to mention just two.

Weight for weight, bee pollen provides a better source of protein than meat, cheese or eggs.

The pollen also contains natural sugars like fructose, penthouse, rafinose and glucose as well as more complex carbohydrates like starches.

There is also a small percentage of fatty acids present.

Health Benefits of Bee Pollen in the Diet

Bee pollen, as I'm sure you're aware if you have been reading anything on the Internet about it, has all sorts of possible benefits when taken as a dietary supplement.  It's so rich in vitamins and minerals as well as protein, that taken insufficient dose can help avoid deficiencies in a wide range of essential elements.  It's apparent lack of side effects make it even more appealing to a growing number of people.

Some of the benefits attributed to bee pollen include:

  • Cardiovascular health.
  • Increased tissue repair and removal of scar tissue.
  • Maintaining healthy body weight
  • toxic elimination
  • cholesterol levels
  • maintain healthy blood pressure
  • resistance to infection
  • inhibits skin wrinkles
  • prolongs youthfulness
  • acne
  • anaemia
  • insomnia
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • etc, etc

The list goes on and on and on.

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Andy writes for a number of health related sites but has always been fascinated by alternative medicine and home remedies. His deep interests in nature and the body's innate ability to heal itself (given the right condition) have lead him to a pivotal time in his life - and so, Holistic Home Fitness was born. While it's relatively new at the moment, Andy wants to build this site into a huge reference site for a more holistic approach to health and fitness.