Bee Pollen


  • Bee Pollen is the male reproductive part of a flower that the worker bees collect to use as their protein food source.
  • Humans use pollen as a nutritional supplement – it is very high in protein and contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
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Pollen granules consist of:

  • Pollen of flowers (each pollen granule contains between 500,000 and 5,000,000 pollen grains)
  • Nectar
  • Secretions from the bees’ hypopharyngeal glands

Chemical composition

Bee Pollen contains all 22 amino acids as well as the 22 basic elements which make up the human body.
Pollen consists of

  • Protein 35%
  • Sugars 50%
  • Fat 5% – unsaturated fatty acids
  • B vitamins – including b12, C, E and Provitamin A (beta carotene)
  • Minerals – potassium, calcium, magnesium and silica, iron, zinc, copper and manganese
  • Flavonoids – such as quercetin, a powerful antioxidant

Hive uses

Pollen supplies all the nutrients a bee needs for growth and development.
It is their only source of protein.  Without an adequate supply of pollen, a colony of bees would perish.

Bee Pollen as a nutritional supplement:

  • A source of antioxidants
  • Builds the immune system
  • Provides energy for the entire body
  • Has an immunizing effect
  • Can counteract the effects of radiation and chemical toxins
  • Stimulates immunological responses
  • Increases blood pressure
  • Increases the speed calories are burned and stabilizes poor metabolism.

Use for:

  • Anorexia
  • Fatigue
  • Nervous disorders
  • Allergies –  begin with very low doses (a gram a day) and increase to 15 g day
  • Acne Nausea
  • Sleep disorders
  • Allergies
  • Anaemia
  • Colitis
  • Constipation

Athletes often use bee pollen as a supplement to help increase their strength, endurance, energy and speed. Bee pollen aids the body in recovering from exercise, returning breathing and heart rate to normal, and improves endurance for repeat exertion. It provides energy, stamina and strength as well as improving mental and physical reactions.

Bee pollen can relieve brain fatigue and improve alertness. This can increase capacity for intense concentration and enable longer periods of work without becoming tired. Stress can use up vitamins quickly and bee pollen can relieve stress and anxiety by replacing essential nutrient reserves in the body. (Herbal Information Centre)

How Much Should I Take?

Bee Pollen can be eaten straight with a spoon, mixed with honey, in a drink or sprinkled over cereal.
One to two teaspoons a day are recommended

Cautions and possible side effects:

Bee Pollen rarely causes allergic reaction, however some people, especially those who have known allergic reactions to bee stings or other hive products (such as propolis) should avoid bee pollen.  The information contained in this publication is a guide only.  Persons should contact their health professional prior to taking any supplements.

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