Bee pollen is the male seed of a flower blossom which has been gathered by
the bees and to which special elements from the bees has been added. The
honeybee collects pollen and mixes it with its own digestive enzymes. One pollen
granule contains from one hundred thousand to five million pollen spores each
capable of reproducing its entire species.
Bee pollen is often referred to as nature's most complete food. Human
consumption of bee pollen is praised in the Bible, other religious books, and
ancient Chinese and Egyptian texts. It has long been prescribed by traditional
health practitioners-including the fathers of Western medicine Hippocrates,
Pliny the Elder, and Pythagoras-for its healing properties.
More than 40 research studies document the therapeutic efficacy and safety of
bee pollen. Clinical tests show that orally ingested bee pollen particles are
rapidly and easily absorbed-they pass directly from the stomach into the blood
stream. Within two hours after ingestion, bee pollen is found in the blood, in
cerebral spinal fluids, and in the urine.
Bee pollen rejuvenates your body, stimulates organs and glands, enhances
vitality, and brings about a longer life span. Bee pollen's ability to
consistently and noticeably increase energy levels makes it a favorite substance
among many world class athletes and those interested in sustaining and enhancing
Bee pollen contains most of the known nutrients, including all of those
necessary for human survival. When compared to any other food, it contains a
higher percentage of all necessary nutrients. Bee pollen is approximately 25%
complete protein containing at least 18 amino acids. In addition, bee pollen
provides more than a dozen vitamins, 28 minerals, 11 enzymes or co-enzymes, 14
beneficial fatty acids, 11 carbohydrates, and is rich in minerals, the full
spectrum of vitamins, and hormones. It is low in calories.
Several nutrients in bee pollen, such as proteins, beneficial fats, vitamins
B, C, D, E, and beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, selenium, nucleic acids,
lecithin, and cysteine, are scientifically well documented for their ability to
strengthen immunity, counteract the effects of radiation and chemical toxins
(which are the two most severe stressors to your immune system), and generate
optimal health and vitality.
Bee pollen provides anti-oxidants that scavenge free radicals caused by
exposure to radiation, chemical pollutants, and other intense physical or
emotional stressors. Radiation and chemical pollutants are known as the two most
severe stressors to your immune system. According to the Centers for Disease
Control and the Environmental Protection Agency, the two premier health
monitoring organizations in the world, this year you will be exposed to over 200
different forms of radioactive toxins and over 60,000 different chemical toxins.
Toxins by definition stress your immune system, harm other parts of your
body, and cause a wide range of common health problems. All forms of radiation,
and most chemical pollutants, also produce cumulative side-effects. Any
substance that effectively protects your body from the side-effects of exposure
to radiation or chemical pollutants is considered a strong immune stimulant and
generator of health.
Exposure to radiation and/or chemical pollutants adversely decreases a number
of vital body substances. These include antibodies and other white blood cells
(your immune response); red blood cells; and nutrients in blood and mother's
milk, such as protein and the antioxidant vitamins C and E.
Bee pollen is documented to counteract the effects that radiation and
chemical pollutants have on these important barometers of health. Equally
important, bee pollen has been proven clinically to generate health.1
Bee pollen significantly reduced the usual side-effects of both radium and
cobalt-60 radiotherapy in twenty-five women who had been treated for inoperable
uterine cancer.2 The women who took the pollen were considerably
healthier and had stronger immunological responses. These women registered
beneficial increases in a number of areas, including red and white blood cell
counts and serum protein levels. The women also reported feeling an improved
sense of well-being. Bee pollen proved beneficial for nausea, poor appetite
after radiation treatments, sleep disorders, urinary and rectal disorders, and
for general decline and weakness after treatment. The dosage of bee pollen
received by these women was twenty grams, which is about 70% of an ounce, or
approximately two teaspoons, taken three times per day.
X-rays, radiation, and many environmental pollutants break down
some of your body's proteins, thus producing histamine, which then causes
several allergic responses. Various laboratory analyses, and the patients'
subjective reports, confirmed that bee pollen counteracted these responses,
including weakened immune system and sickness.3
Researchers found that bee pollen strengthened the immune systems of mice,
improved their resistance to x-rays, and has antibacterial and antiviral
properties. Bee pollen prevented the development of cancerous tumors in mice.4
Bee pollen proves to be quite useful for activity enhancement and sports
nutrition. It produces an accelerated rate of recovery, including a return to
normal heart rate, breathing, and readiness for the next event. Bee pollen
improves second and subsequent performances. [Humans not receiving bee pollen
show declining performances. It provides energy, stamina, and strength, and
enhances performance levels.
Bee pollen should not be confused with the pollen that is blown
by the wind and is a common cause of allergies. Allergy-causing pollen is called
anemophiles; it is light and easily blown by the wind. Bee pollen is heavier and
stickier, and is collected off of bees' legs by special devices placed at the
entrance to hives. It is called entomophiles or "friends of the insects," and
will rarely cause allergy symptoms.
Many people with allergies and hay fever safely and effectively ingest bee
pollen. 73% of patients with hay fever averaged a 75% improvement when given bee
pollen orally. 78% of asthma patients averaged a 75% improvement in taking bee
pollen orally. 17.8% of hay fever patients and 33.3% of asthma patients showed a
complete, 100%, improvement with oral bee pollen-usually the sooner bee pollen
treatment began pre-seasonally the greater the rate of healing.5,6,7,8
Quercetin in bee pollen inhibits the release of histamine in the body. It may be
one of the contributing factors in decreasing allergic and hay fever responses.9,10,11,12
Bee pollen improves fertility. It can reduce cholesterol levels. Bee pollen
improved the condition of men with prostatitis. It produced therapeutic benefits
in patients with glycohaemia (abnormal amount of blood sugar), low hemoglobin,
and bleeding ulcers.
Bee pollen, royal jelly, and vitamin C were given to menopausal women for 30
days, after which 82% were symptom-free. Patients with kidney insufficiency were
fed bee pollen and showed great improvement. Bee pollen promotes healing of a
wide variety of other health problems.
Regarding safety, I have observed that a small percent of people
who initially ingest large amounts may occasionally experience minor
gastrointestinal irritation and a laxative effect or a rare allergic reaction.
One 1983 research study corroborates my clinical experience. It is unclear
whether this effect is due to the person being very sensitive; or due to poor
quality pollen such as gathered from commercially-sprayed flowers; or improperly
cleaned, dried, or stored pollen which therefore may contain debris or
mold-causing moisture. I have also clinically observed that large amounts of bee
pollen may be contraindicated for some people with gout as it may elevate purine
or uric acid levels.
For preventive purposes, a common initial adult dosage of bee pollen granules
is initially 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon once per day. The dosage is gradually increased
to 1-2 teaspoons one to three times per day. Adults suffering from allergies are
best advised to start off with one to three granules daily, and then to
gradually increase to higher doses-usually over a period of one month or more.
Pollen is also available in gelatin caps, tablets, mixed with other bee
products, as a liquid, tincture, cream, and salve. For preventive purposes, the
suggested amount is two 450-580 mg. capsules three to four times daily. A short
term, therapeutic amount of bee pollen is about three times the preventive
amount. Bee pollen should not be cooked.
1. E. Kvanta, Acta Chemica Scandinavia, 1968, vol. 22, no. 7, pp.216-265.
2. P. Hermuss, et al., Strahientherapie, 1975, vol. 150, no. 5, pp.
3. I. Osmanagic, M.D., Ph.D. Bee Pollen Protects Against Radiation Sickness
Due to X-Ray Therapy, Journal of the University Radiological Institute,
Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, 1973.
4. W. Robinson. Bee Pollen Arrests Cancerous Tumors in Mice, Journal of
theNational Cancer institute, p. 119-123, October 1948.
5. Maurer, Murray L. and Strauss, Margaret., "A New Oral Treatment for
Ragweed Fever." Journal of Allergy, 32:343 (1961).
6. Sternberg, Louis, "Seasonal Somnolence, As Possible Pollen Allergy,"
Journal of Allergy, v.14, p. 89, 1942.
7. Black, J. H. J Lab Chem Med, Vol.8, p.709, May 1928.
8. lbid. Vol. 12, p. 1156, 1927.
9. Stanley, R. G., H. F. Linskens. Pollen Biology, Biochemistry and
Management, (New York: Springer~Verlag), 1974, pp. 230-235.
10. Hallet, F. P. & Parks, L. M. "A Note of the Isolation of Quercetin from
Euphorbia pilullfera L," J Am Pharm Assn. p.56, 1950.
11. Hope, W.C. et al., "Short Communications-In vitro inhibition of the
biosynthesis of slow reacting substance of anaphylaxis (SRS-A) and
lipoxygenae activity by quercetin," Biochem Pharmacol, 32(2): 367-371. 1983.
12. Middlcton, C., Jr., et al. "Quercetin: an inhibitor of antigen-induced
human basophil histamine release," J Immunol 127:546, 1981.
A nutritional test supervised by the station at Bures demonstrated
that pollen is a complete food by letting several successive generations
of mice be born and live without the least sign of distress while
nourishing them exclusively on pollen. It has also been noted the
intestinal-balancing action of bee pollen in stricken people, the
favorable action on anemic children or those lacking in appetite. Bee
Pollen stimulates the production of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying red
blood cells. The large proportions of free amino acids, especially
methionine, a specific medicine for the liver, explains the favorable
action of bee pollen on that organ.
Bee pollen is today's answer
for our present day culture of consuming incomplete foods with added
chemicals, which expose us to physiological problems as various as they
are numerous. An Organism weakened by a deficient dietary regimen becomes
more subject to microbial infections and other disorders. Nutritional deficiencies
and the breakdown of internal chemical balance generates diseased state
for which the consumption of bee pollen works miracles.