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Bee Pollen

Used by the Chinese extensively, bee pollen seems to show some benefits in treating prostate problems and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

This supplement is safe so it is worthwhile to consider trying it out to see if it will help your symptoms of enlarged prostate. When you decide to try it, give this supplement a fair trial of three months before making any judgement about its effectiveness.

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leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Chronic prostatitis

There are studies to suggest that taking this supplement could help treat men with chronic prostatitis (prostate infection).

leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH/Enlarged prostate)

In a study done in rats, giving them this supplement reduced their prostate size. Studies done in humans seem to show some modest improvement in some urinary symptoms.
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Reducing side effects from cancer chemotherapy

There is some evidence that this supplement helps with improving the side effects from cancer chemotherapy.
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Studies show that it improves some PMS symptoms such as headache, irritability, weight gains, incontinence, vaginal dryness and swelling (edema).
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Stomach ulcers

There is one clinical study that showed it helped with healing stomach ulcers.
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Altitude sickness

In one animal and one human study, taking this supplement increased the ability for the animals and humans to adapt to high-altitude locations (altitude sickness).
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Atherosclerosis (Hardening of the arteries)

In a study done in rabbits given a high-fat diet over 12 weeks, it significantly lowered the cholesterol and reduced plaque formations in arteries.
leaf logo plant natural remedies herb herbal Prostate cancer

Laboratory studies show that this supplement kills prostate cancer cells and the authors suggested that it may be a "promising candidate for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer."

Athletic Performance - Probably not effective

Scientific research studies showed that taking this natural supplement did not improve athletic performance.

What is Bee Pollen?

Bee pollen can be harvested from various plants such as buckwheat or collected from honeybees (through traps set up near beehives). It is rich in polysaccharides and contains nutritious products such as protein, carbohydrates, essential amino acids and fats.It is often used as a tonic to rejuvenate the body and to improve athletic performance and strength. It is traditionally used in folk medicine to desensitize a person with allergies.

Bee Pollen is used extensively in China as a natural food supplement and as an herbal medicine. Scientific evidence seems to support some of the uses this supplement.

Studies in animals and some studies in humans appears to show that taking bee pollen helps with improving prostate problems such as enlarged prostate and prostatitis (prostate infection). It also seems to be helpful in managing some of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Suggested Benefits and Traditional Uses

  • altitude sickness prevention
  • anti-aging
  • anti-bacterial properties
  • anti-fungal properties
  • anti-oxidant benefits
  • appetite stimulant
  • atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • athletic performance enhancement
  • asthma
  • chronic prostatitis
  • colitis
  • desensitization to allergies
  • diuretic
  • enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia / BPH)
  • hay fever
  • hemorrhoids
  • high cholesterol
  • immune system support
  • impotence
  • increase energy levels to help with depression and fatigue
  • infertility treatment
  • liver dysfunction
  • memory enhancement
  • nutritional supplement
  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • prostate cancer
  • radiation sickness
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • sexual performance enhancement
  • sores in the mouth
  • stomach and intestinal problems
  • stomach ulcers
  • urination pain and difficulties
  • weight loss
Topically (on the skin)
  • eczema
  • diaper rash

Side Effects, Toxicity and Warnings Reported side effects include:

  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite (anorexia)
  • dizziness

Kept an watchful eye out as allergic reactions to this supplement has been reported. Allergic reactions would include swelling, itching, shortness of breath, severe dizziness and even anaphylactic reactions.

Common Dosage & How to Take It

It is available in capsule, pills, powder and liquid formulations. It is available in various strengths. The typical dose used is 1/8 to 2 teaspoon (powder) taken one to three times daily.

In a capsule or pill formulation, dosage ranges from 500 to 1,000 mg taken up to three times daily. Take one-half hours prior to meals. Many products combine vitamins, minerals and other herbal supplements with bee pollen.

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Revised: January 5, 2010