What is bee pollen?

What is bee pollen?


Generic Name: Bee Pollen

The benefits

What is Bee Pollen for?

Bee pollen is pollen that is collected through the saliva of worker bees. Bee pollen is wrapped by insects into pellet powder. Bee pollen has been used as an herbal product to improve athlete's stamina and performance. However, research shows that bee pollen is not effective in improving athletic performance.

Bee pollen is an herb that is often used to treat asthma, prostatitis, impotence, stomach ulcer bleeding, and altitude sickness. Bee pollen is also used to reduce sensitivity to allergies and arouse appetite and energy levels so that it can overcome depression symptoms such as fatigue.

Bee pollen is used as an external medicine for skin disorders such as eczema and blisters caused by diaper use. Other uses that have not been proven by research include to overcome premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premature aging. It is not yet known whether bee pollen is effective in treating disease. The medicinal function of this product has not been approved and is regulated by the government and related agencies. Currently Bee Pollen is only regulated as a food or supplement.

How does it work?

There is not enough research on how these herbs work. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information. However, there are some studies that show that bee pollen contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins that are good for health.


The information provided below is not a substitute for medical recommendations. Always consult your herbalist or doctor before taking this medicine.

What is the usual dose for bee pollen for adults?

The dosage for this herbal plant may be different for each patient. The dosage used depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbs are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your correct dosage.

In what forms is Bee Pollen available?

This herbal plant is usually available in the form of:

  • Capsule
  • Liquid
  • Tablet
  • Granules

Side effects

What side effects can be caused by bee pollen?

Some of the most common side effects of bee pollen are:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Skin rashes, bruises, severe tingling, numbness
  • Pain and muscle weakness
  • Respiratory problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach ache
  • Swollen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea


What should I know before consuming bee pollen?

Some things you should know before consuming bee pollen are:

  • Store at room temperature away from humidity, heat and light.
  • Don't use bee pollen cream (for the skin) by mouth. The cream form of this product is for use only on the skin.
  • If you use bee pollen with oral antidiabetic drugs or insulin, you should monitor blood sugar frequently.

The regulations governing the use of herbal plants are not too strict compared to the regulations on the use of medicines. Further research is needed to determine its safety. Before using herbs, make sure the benefits outweigh the risks. Consult your herbalist and doctor for more information.

How safe is Bee Pollen?

Bee pollen should not be used by people with diabetes or pollen allergies. People with known pollen allergies should be tested for allergic reactions before using bee pollen products. Avoid use if you have liver disease.

Bee pollen is not safe for pregnant women. Women should also avoid using bee pollen if they are breastfeeding. Check with your doctor before using bee pollen if you are on medication with any medicine, whether prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, or herbs.


What interactions might occur when I consume bee pollen?

Some interactions that may occur due to consuming bee pollen are:

  • Bee pollen can interact with antidiabetic drugs and insulin.
  • Bee pollen can also affect the results of PT, LDH, bilirubin, and alkaline phosphatase tests.

This herbal plant can interact with your medication at any time or in your current medical condition. Consult with your herbalist or doctor before using it.


Skidmore-Roth, Linda. Mosby's Handbook Of Herbs & Natural Supplements. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 2001. Print version. page 59.

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Bee pollen. http://www.webmd.com/balance/bee-pollen-benefits-and-side-effects. Accessed 11/16/2015.

Reviewed Date: February 12, 2019 | Last Edited: February 12, 2019

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