Your Bee Pollen Supplement Guide
Discover Bee Pollen's Incredible Health Benefits & How It Can Improve Your
by Glenn Reschke
When I started this website in Oct. 2007, there were something
like five websites on the entire Internet on bee pollen. Now, there are literally hundreds
I've been taking bee pollen since 1982. I've also been studying it for those past
30 years. Not many else can make that claim.
I had the good fortune of being introduced to it by a master herbalist in Logan, Utah and was trained by him in
herbal medicine for two years. This site is an extension of my early fascination with bee pollen.
While others write about bee pollen hoping to sell some product, I write about it out of deep personal interest.
This site is the bee pollen guide. Bold to say, but it's the truth.
Let's Talk About Bee Pollen
Bee pollen (often called bee bread) is an amazing,
naturally-occuring supplement that rightly qualifies as a superfood.
It is esteemed by many health experts as a complete food notwithstanding its "supplement" reputation.
It has been used as a supplement for thousands of years by many cultures all over the world.
It is mentioned, along with other bee products, in the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, and has
even been referred to in ancient Oriental scrolls of the Far East.
Where does bee bread or pollen come from? Bees. Yes, the ever so humble yet capable honey bee.
A full colony of bees can actually pull in as many as 50,000 loads of pollen a day.
The vital pollen is taken from the stamen of flowers. It is the male reproductive part of the flower that the
The bees pack the powder into granules, adding honey or nectar from honey sacs where it is then
transported back to the hive.
Finally, an enzyme is added to prevent germination, metabolizing the pollen for food, thus preserving the bee
bread or pollen benefit nutritionally.
It is gathered for human consumption and use with a special device that is placed at the entrance of the hive
through which the bees pass.
As the bees pass through the device, it causes the pollen to come off the bee's legs, trapping it.
Bee Pollen Health Benefits
Is there a main bee bread or pollen benefit? In truth, there are many health benefits to this incredible
nutrient. Years ago, I read a book on its benefits one by Carlson Wade (1978), a recognized nutrition expert.
Wade asserted that this humble bee food has all vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, and protein
needed to sustain life. Wade is not alone in his belief. Dr. Betty Lee Morales has said,
"Bee pollen is the only food which contains every essential nutrient needed by mankind for perfect health.
This fact can hardly be disputed since it has been proved by analysis in the laboratories of the world many
C. Leigh Broadhurst, Ph.D. (2005) concurs saying, "A teaspoon of bee [bread] pollen provides you with a quick
and easy way to eat the equivalent of one large serving of vegetables" (p. 2).
Moreover, one Professor Alain Callias, Ph.D. at the Academy of Agriculture, in Paris, France, personally
iinvestigated the minimal amount a human being could live on providing the necessary nutrients for life.
Professor Callias said that his study proved that 36 grams of bee's pollen supplement a day would supply a
human being with every necessary nutrient necessary to sustain life.
Compelling information to be sure.
I've now been using this remarkable compound for over 24 years and can testify to its benefits in this bee bread
web page. Along with ginseng, goji berries, and wheatgrass juice, it is among the most nutritious foods on the
Bee bread or pollen is rich in the B vitamin complex, (which gives energy), carotenes, including vitamins C and
E, two potent antioxidants, and is made up of approximately 55% carbohydrates.
There are many health benefits attributed to bee bread which have been
verified in independent clinical tests all over the world. In Europe, especially Germany, it is very popular
as a supplement.
The Chinese too have used it for centuries. Its benefits include increased energy and libido; it helps eliminate
acne, aids indigestion; it also facilitates depression elimination and helps lower high blood pressure.
It also used as a topically applied salve (which is good for skin problems).
It's also helpful in lessening the effects of diabetes, and as a weight loss supplement as well.
Perhaps the most noted bee bread benefit is its ability to increase endurance, strength, and even increase
mental function. Not surprisingly, for its stamina-giving capabilities, it is much sought after by athletes.
What about the bee bread prostate link, bee bread or pollen high blood pressure help, the popular bee bread
and weight loss connection? What about diabetes and bee bread and the acne and bee bread association?
I will discuss them in separate pages on this site, but not on this particular page.
However, like many supplements, bee's pollen is almost looked upon as a panacea -- a cure all -- for almost
every problem imaginable.
(I've never read anything where it can cure disease. Anyone saying that is exaggerating or outright lying.)
Don't misunderstand, bee bread is a superstar and superfood but good health is not found in only one supplement
ingredient, but in keeping the intestinal tract clean, in getting adequate amounts of rest, by eating a diet rich
in vegetables and fruits, and in taking a good, assimilable multivitamin.
Bee Pollen and Weight Loss
As fat loss is important to so many, let's discuss this supplement and weight loss for a moment. Among
its impressive array of nutrients is lecithin, which we believe is largely responsible for its fat-loss properties.
A main pollen benefit is found in lecithin.
Lecithin helps to remove fat stores from the body and stimulates the metabolism. Lecithin also helps in the
assimilation of nutrients in the digestive process.
Undoubtedly, a key pollen benefit is that it helps to regulate the metabolism, evening out chemical imbalance so
it can function properly.
When this happens, one of the side benefits is weight loss. According to Carlson Wade referred to earlier,
"Bee pollen is a natural way to improve metabolism and help control and take weight
Another benefit is that it possesses diuretic capabilities and is believed to reduce unwanted hunger pangs and
So, yes there is a link between bee's pollen and weight loss. However, it should not be viewed as a solitary aid
in the fight for weight loss but as a complementary member of a fat-loss team for weight loss is not dependent upon
one thing but a combination of factors.
In reality, one bee bread benefit study conducted in 1994 by Chinese doctors Y Xie, B. Wan, and W. Li
actually showed bee's pollen inducing weight gain.
In truth, most of the evidence between bee bread and weight loss is mostly anecdotal. There are contradictory
statements made that cancel each other out. We personally have used bee bread as a general health tonic, not for
Potential Allergic Side Effects
No page entitled discussing bee bread's benefits would be complete without needed comments on
some basic guidelines. While there are no known negative drug or nutrient interactions, there are a few bee bread
side effects you should be aware of.
Some possible side effects are skin flushing, which usually signals an allergy to bee products, wheezing,
headache, itchy throat, hives, and dizziness.
It should also be noted that severe allergic reactions such as anaphylactic shock is possible if you are already
sensitive or allergic to bee products.
Anaphylactic shock can cause death so if you have any reservations at
all, and just to be safe, please consult with your doctor before beginning any new supplement regime.
It comes in many forms, in a natural powder form, tablet, cream, lozenge, cream, capsule, and as fresh bee
bread herb (although it's not an herb per se).
How To Choose A Quality Supplement
In the US, a lot of our pollen is not from local bee hives but is imported. In order to obtain the healthiest
bee bread or pollen, make sure the source is as pristine as possible with the product being produced at
Facilities that are GMP registered comply with the most rigid standards so as to minimize the possibility of
These are the same standards pharmaceutical companies in the United States are required to operate under as
mandated by the FDA.
Ideally, make sure the bee bread benefit or product rather does not contain any fillers or additives such as
sucrose (sugar), starch, gluten, silica (sand) or any other artificial colors, dyes, or flavors.
Next, only get freeze-dried pollen. This preserves the nutrients in the bee bread. Avoid processed or
heat dried pollen as this kills the sensitive enzymes.
Incidentally, if you're buying raw bee bread herb or powder, one naturopathic doctor recommends soaking it for
12 hours in orange juice or water in preparation for consumption as this improves nutrient assimilation from 7 to
12% to 80 to 90%.
(This will obviously increase the bee benefit benefit you wish to obtain through supplementation.)
Lastly, like most supplements, bee bread's effectiveness (at least in tablet or capsule form) is heightened when
combined with other nutrients.
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A company in New Zealand offers GMP-compliant products, and meets all the above criteria and more. Their pollen
comes from one of the most pristine sources on earth in New Zealand that is made in facilities that surpass even
U.S. FDA standards. (They actually meet British Pharmacopoeia standards -- and their a supplement company!)
Their bee pollen supplement has 11 vitamins, a number
of amino acids, enzymes, which complements its effectiveness.
(Just a tip. Take it with ginseng tea. Ginseng is an herb that has been long popular in Asia and is one of the
greatest "health foods" in the world. I've been using it for years and can personally testify of its
I've been taking it for two decades now and have been using this supplement in capsule form for over four years now and can report superb results including
increased energy and improved all-around good health.
If you prefer bee pollen supplements in a tablet form, this is the way to go, in my opinion.
However, there are certainly advantages to the capsules and the granules.
I hope this web page has been useful to you.
Yours in health,References:
Broadhurst, C. Leigh. (2005). User's guide to propolis, royal jelly, honey, and bee pollen. CA: Basic Health
Wade, Carlson. (1978). Bee pollen and your health. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing.