Bee pollen supplements can be purchased in a variety of different formats. Below is a description of how to take them. However, personally, I am not convinced by the reported health benefits of bee pollen. Personally, I think there is insufficient evidence - unlike honey, where there is specific evidence for particular health and hygiene benefits, such as its efficacy agains MRSA.
However, if you are still interested in bee pollen, here is a description of some of the formats available.
Please note: The Food and Drug Administration has warned that some bee pollen products may be adulterated with unapproved drugs including sibutramine and phenolphthalein. Please use ensure you only purchase from a reputable supplier.
Organic formats are available.
If you decide to take bee pollen, always read the instructions and labelling information. If you have an allergy to pollens or bee products, it is better not to take bee pollen supplements.
Bee pollen can be removed directly from the bee hive, and eaten immediately, as it is, or spread on crackers, biscuits or toast. It can also be eaten with salads or with fruit. Fresh pollen does not keep unless frozen.
you are not a beekeeper, it is nevertheless possible to purchase fresh
frozen pollen, such as Percie du Sert Bee Pollen. The pollen is
packed with nitrogen in sealed containers and frozen. It is advocated
that freezing rather than drying the pollen, ensures fewer of the
beneficial ingredients in pollen are lost.
Both dried and processed bee pollen may have lost some of the nutritional properties of fresh, raw bee pollen. Percie du Sert, who promotes fresh, frozen pollen, and who is the author of The Healing Powers Of Pollen states, “We now know that drying pollen into crunchy little granules destroys most of the active ingredients….An unfortunate controversy stems from the fact that the effects of pollen on the intestinal flora are still used to promote sales of dried pollen even though these properties have been lost in the drying process.”
Nevertheless, dried pollen is perhaps a convenient format, although taste is also altered.
Dried pollen granules can be purchased and taken at convenience. They can be ground into powder and added to other raw foods.
convenient way to take bee pollen. However, other ingredients may have
been added, so that you are not eating pure bee pollen. Check the list
of ingredients. For
example, among the list of ingredients for bee pollen tablets, and added
to the bee pollen powder, I have found: Bulking Agent (Microcrystalline
Cellulose), Anti-Caking Agents (Silicon Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Calcium
Silicate, Magnesium Stearate), Emulsifier (Acacia Gum), Sodium
Carboxymethylcellulose. Bee pollen capsules may also contain Gelatin
and magnesium stearate.
Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with these ingredients at all, and many people take tablets and gel formats of other health supplements in any case.
are absorbed more quickly into the body. Some preparations offer
liquid ingredients that are meant to be beneficial, and with bee pollen
You can add bee pollen granules ground further into powder to home made shakes and smoothies.
However, it is possible to purchase bee pollen in powdered format and combined with other ingredients and nutrients, specifically to be made into drinks. These are often aimed at the sports/fitness supplement market.
Bee pollen supplements may also be combined with other bee products, such as honey, propolis and royal jelly. Bee pollen may also be combined with herbs and other supplements.
However, you may first like to read the following of my pages (clicking on these links opens a new window) before trying them out:
Bee Pollen Nutrition
This page compares bee pollen nutritional content with every day foods.
Health Benefits of Bee Pollen
This page looks at some of the claims made about the effects of bee pollen on health, from effect on athletic performance to claims about eye sight.
Bee pollen & Weight Loss
If you are considering taking bee pollen for weight loss, then I definitely recommend you read this first.
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