Health Benefits of Bee Pollen and Honey—What's the Buzz About?

Updated on February 11, 2018
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Audrey Hunt's passion for nutrition began the day she was diagnosed with Diabetes. She's a vegetarian and advocate for healthy living.

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Hey, Honey

Imagine that you are a honey bee. Your weight is about 90 milligrams or one tenth of a gram and you can lift half of your own weight in pollen and nectar. You're about one inch in length unless you're the queen. You also have five eyes and can fly up to 15 miles per hour. You share your hive with 50,000 other bee friends.

You can produce 2 pounds of delicious, nutritious honey by tapping into approximately two million flowers and you travel 50,000 miles to do so.

You have 6 segmented legs which help you to store pollen. Your keen sense of smell helps you to protect your hive by sniffing out intruders in the event that other bees carrying an unmatched sent may bring harm to the queen.

Without you, the world would be in bad shape because you are the leading pollinators helping to produce food crops.

How a Bee Produces Honey

A bee can produce 2 pounds of honey by tapping into 2 million flowers.
A bee can produce 2 pounds of honey by tapping into 2 million flowers. | Source

Get a Load of These Pollen Benefits

People suffering from allergies can use pollen to help stop those annoying and uncomfortable symptoms. I tried just about every OTC allergy medicine on the market before trying organic bee pollen. After a full 8 weeks using bee pollen my allergies were gone. I was skeptical at first but stuck with the pollen. I'm glad I did.

Additional benefits for taking bee pollen are:

  • Helps with Asthma.
  • Helps with the control of Alcoholism
  • Helps reduce the side effects of chemotherapy. Nausea is one of the biggest side effects.
  • Enhances athletic ability and stamina.
  • Reduces joint pain and the discomfort of arthritis.
  • Highly nutritious
  • May help ward off the effects of aging.
  • Bee pollen is richer in protein than any other animal source.
  • When bee pollen is given to anemic patients, their levels of hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying red blood cells) increase considerably.
  • Normalizes cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.
  • Boosts energy levels.
  • Contains enzymes that can aid in digestion
  • Supports the Cardiovascular System

Bees gathering pollen.
Bees gathering pollen. | Source

What Is Bee Pollen?

Bee pollen is found in the male seed of flowers. Pollen boasts that it is 40% protein. These busy bees collect pollen in their corticula or pollen basket found on the hind legs. The pollen serves as food for the bee hive community.

The amazing thing about bee pollen is - It is considered one of nature's most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. When you get your pollen fresh you'll be getting 20 or more amino acids and these guys are the building blocks of protein.

Be sure to purchase 100% bee pollen with no other added ingredients. It requires no refrigeration. Bee pollen is also available in capsules and absorbs into the body just as fast as granules.

Don't confuse bee pollen with allergy causing pollen. They are not the same thing.


Bees are responsible for the pollination of more than 80 percent of green growing things.

Can Honey Replace Antibiotics?

“The stomachs of wild honey bees are full of healthy lactic acid bacteria that can fight bacterial infections in both bees and humans.

We have preliminary, unpublished results which show that this could be a new tool to complement or even replace antibiotics “.

Two recent personal experiences tend to bare truth to this claim. Our cat,Tika, proudly strolled into the kitchen one day after spending a good deal of time out doors. We noticed a small tear on her belly. After cleaning the damaged area we called the vet. He was completely booked but suggested applying honey to the wound. Sure enough kitty's boo-boo healed right up.

The next encounter had to do with myself. I managed to grow a very painful sore in my mouth just inside one cheek. After trying several natural remedies with no success I decided to dab a little honey on the sore just before bedtime. When I awoke the next morning, much to my surprise the sore was almost gone. So I did this again the following night. The next day the sore had disappeared.

I'm a believer.

Pollen Trap Bee Hives, Propolis Honey Bees

How Does the Bee Gather Pollen?

Honey bees are extremely hard workers. Gathering honey is not for the faint of heart. The next time you pour yourself 1 teaspoon of honey think about the one honey bee working 8 hours a day for one month to provide this food for you.

These worker bees use every part of their body to gather pollen. The jaws and front legs scrape off the powdery pollen as soon as they land on a flower. In addition to scraping off the pollen the bee then moistens the powder with a bit of honey which is carried during flight when leaving the hive.

During the return trip home the bee is still working. Using its legs, which are called pollen combs, the bee keeps busy brushing the pollen powder from its legs and coat. And bees actually have a pollen basket for collecting the golden powder.

The bee completes its mission by carrying the pollen back to the hive which is used as food for the entire colony.

When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.

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How to Take Pollen

It's best to begin with a small dose if you've never taken bee pollen. You want to build up a tolerance and make sure you aren't allergic. For this reason, start with just 1 or 2 granules placed under your tongue and allow this amount to completely dissolve. If all goes well increase the dosage to 2 or 3 for the next day and stay at this dose for a full week.

Bee pollen is also found in capsule form and works just as well as granules. If you decide to go this route on day 1 open the capsule and take out a small amount of powder. Mix this in your favorite juice, smoothie or cereal. On the second day increase the amount and stay with this for a week. This will help you build up a tolerance.

Once you know you can tolerate bee pollen, you are ready to take 1 or 2 teaspoons each day. If you've decided to go with capsules the recommended amount is 1000 to 2000 mg per day.

Take it at breakfast to give you a good start for the day. It can be added to your favorite drink, added to a smoothie or sprinkled on cereal. Do not heat the pollen. Heat will destroy the nutrients.

Bee pollen is more effective and acts faster when taken with fruit. This combination serves as a gentle cleansing of the intestinal flora because the fruit fibers reinforce the activity of the fresh pollen. It can also be taken with meals.

Always check with your doctor before taking bee pollen for the first time

Top Tips to Remember

  • Honey - Try using a small amount of honey as an antibiotic for small and minor cuts or sores.
  • Respect the bee population.
  • Buy organic, locally grown honey and bee pollen to assure you are getting pesticide-free products.
  • Take bee pollen with meals, preferably fruit.
  • It takes approximately 6 weeks to recognize results from taking bee pollen.
  • Allergic reactions are possible from consuming bee pollen so begin with just 1-2 granules..
  • Always check with your doctor before starting a bee pollen regimen.

Summary

The time has come when we are turning to alternative medicine more than ever before. My own health has improved significantly as I introduced my body to natural foods and a plant-based diet combined with a daily walking program. I began taking bee pollen one year ago and the results have been astonishing. After suffering with very low levels of energy I now have energy to spare.

Bee pollen may improve your own health. Studies have shown the following benefits when taking this highly nutritious food:

  • May help with hay fever and allergen symptoms.
  • Reduces the side effects of chemo therapy which can leave the patient nauseated.
  • Helps to reduce joint pain and arthritis.
  • Contains enzymes that can aid in digestion.
  • Normalizes triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the blood.
  • Richer in protein than any other animal source.
  • Boosts energy levels.
  • Supports the cardiovascular system.
  • Benefits those with osteoporosis.
  • Helps to control alcoholism

It is considered one of nature's most complete nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans.

When starting bee pollen for the first time start with only 1-2 granules and gradually increase to allow your body to build up a tolerance. This super food is best taken with fruit at breakfast.

Warning: Always check with a doctor before taking bee pollen for the first time. Bee pollen is not advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Bee pollen may also lead to increased bleeding, especially for people taking blood thinners such as warfarin.

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Bee Busy

Bees are on of the hardest working insects. We can all learn the value of keeping busy from these little workers. One way we can get busy is to help bees by growing certain plants:

  • California Poppy
  • Plumb
  • Peach
  • Nectarine
  • Manzanita
  • Eucalyptus
  • Blackberry
  • Acacia
  • Sage
  • Buckwheat
  • Pepper Trees

Do not kill bees. When you find bees swarming in your yard just wait a day or two. They're most likely on their way to finding a better place.

Our bees are now on the decline. We depend on them for food. Help save the bees in your area.

Thank you for being here and taking the time to read my hub. I welcome your comments as well as questions. Please take a minute and visit the comment section below.

Good health and happy living.

Audrey

Questions & Answers

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      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        9 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Penny

        Love your tip on using honey for a sore throat. How do you recommend using the honey?

        Thanks

        Audrey

        Sarah

        I'm happy to learn that my article gave you more information about the importance of bees and pollen. Thank you.

      • Penny Sebring profile image

        Penny Sebring 

        10 months ago from Fort Collins

        Fascinating information! I too have used honey to fight bacterial infections, both for animals and humans. I find it most effective when fighting a particularly nasty sore throat.

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        DREAM ON 

        13 months ago

        I have a friend who gets cankers on his tongue and under his lip often. He uses the over the counter medicines and complains how they don't work so well. I was thinking he can use the remedy of a little honey on his canker sore. He said he couldn't because he is a diabetic. Is that true or was he just scared to try? What do you suggest? I have new respect for bees. Every mouthful of honey I now say a bee prayer.

        Thank you bees for this honey I am about to swallow.

        I appreciate all the health benefits that follow.

        You did all the hard work.

        So I can stay healthy today and tomorrow.

        Then after awhile I felt I should say more. They deserve more credit. Working a month for one teaspoon. If I was a bee I would leave my hive and find a new life.

        Bees have been busy for years.

        Before I have taken you for granted.

        Now I appreciate all you do.

        Buzzing around from flower to flower.

        Your honey is sweet.

        One teaspoon in the morning.

        My allergies are gone.

        Bees keep doing what you do best.

        I will stay out of your way.

        I owe you one big cheer.

        Hip hip horay!

        Bees you make my day.

        Thank you for your helpful and informative hubs.

        Thank you for being the kind person that you are.

        Taking your time to make our world a better place.

        Have a wonderful sleep.

        It's 4:57 in the morning.

        I believe even the bees are sleeping.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Angel

        I recommend slowly introducing bee pollen into your diet. Just a precaution in case you are allergic to it. It's good stuff! Thanks for being here.

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        Angel Guzman 

        15 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

        Wow bee pollen is in my future!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        20 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Dream On

        Thank you for your kind comments. I'm happy to know the bee pollen is helping with your allergies. Take care my friend.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        20 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Thanks Mohan. Happy to hear you enjoyed my post about bee pollen. Honey bees are the best!

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        Dream On 

        22 months ago

        I have been having a teaspoon of local grown honey a day for the past few years and my allergies are almost gone. I could use a little pick me up so I will look into bee pollen also. Thank you for a very informative and fun reading hub. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. There are so many good reasons to enjoy life. Your hubs make me smile and laugh. I forget I am learning so much.

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        vocalcoach 

        22 months ago

        Hi StrictlyDating

        This is how I use bee pollen as well. Very nice to see you and wish you great health during the new year coming up!

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        StricktlyDating 

        22 months ago

        I recently tried pollen and really like the earthy taste, I just sprinkle a little on my breakfast cereal.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        23 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Docmo

        I love bee's. Unlike most folks I have no fear of being stung even though I was once. I respect them as a community of hard workers and respect for one another.

        Thanks my friend for visiting.

        Audrey

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        23 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        pinto2011

        Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your representation of the medical field and confirming the use of honey.

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        Mohan Kumar 

        23 months ago from UK

        Awesome detail and succinctly presented information. Loved reading about bee pollen and honey. Interesting and useful. Thanks Audrey.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        2 years ago from Germany

        This hub is loaded with good informations. I love honey and I know some of the health benefits. Thanks for the heads up Audrey.

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        pinto2011 

        2 years ago

        Very authentically written, as often in our medical field, we use Medihoney dressings for chronic wound and burns. Honey is truly a gift of nature to mankind.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        aesta1

        So nice to see you and thanks for your lovely comments. Good health to you my friend.

        vespawoolf

        Glad you're going to give bee pollen a try. If you start itching anywhere on your body stop taking this. In the beginning I took too much and went nuts with itching. But I'm fine now.

        Thanks.

        FlourishAnyway

        Because I have diabetes I can't use honey (urggg). But I do take bee pollen. Thanks my friend.

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        Mary Norton 

        2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I used bee pollen when I was younger. That time I was very busy so I needed it to boost my energy. My husband takes honey everyday. Good to see that it delays the aging process.

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        vespawoolf 

        2 years ago from Peru, South America

        I knew about the health benefits of honey and am also a believer, but I didn't realize that pollen is so nutritious. I know where I can buy some. I'm going to add it to my shopping list. I'll use the precautions you mention of building up to 1-2 tsp a day. Thank you for sharing!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        I love honey as a sugar substitute in cookies but haven't tried it for many other things.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Nell

        Impressive that you include bee products in your diet. This is really great. Thanks for buzzin by and sharing your welcome comments.

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        Nell Rose 

        2 years ago

        I am a great one for bee products, I used to take propolis and do use honey on cuts and stuff, great article audrey! buzzy bees!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        marcojour

        "Keep on beeing you." How clever! I'm so glad to see your pretty face. You are nourishment for the soul. I hope all is fabulous in your world my friend. Muchos gracias.

        Big hugs,

        Audrey

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        whonunuwho 

        2 years ago from United States

        I accept this name with great honor. whonu( buzzin cousin)

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        whonu

        So glad to know that you are a staunch supporter of the un-appreciated honey bee. Hopefully through your hubs on this subject along with what I write a new appreciation will evolve. Going to go check out what promises to be an excellent read by yourself now. Thanks a million my friend!

        I have a new name for you...you're my 'buzzin cousin.' :)

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 years ago from Southern Illinois

        Oh Audrey, I misspoke I am not glucose intolerant, I'm gluten intolerant. I can have all the sugar I want, but I limit that too because it's not healthy. I'm going to try the honey. Thanks again.....

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        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Faith Reaper

        Hello dear one. So nice to read your comments. You are fortunate to find local honey in your area and I'm sure bee pollen will also be available. Remember to give the bee pollen a good 6 weeks to take affect for your allergies...although I had good results as early as 2 weeks. Also, if you start getting a rash or any other symptoms after taking the pollen - stop immediately. Some folks are allergic to bee pollen. It works wonders for me and I have terrible allergies.

        Thanks for sharing.

        Hugs,

        Audrey

        MsDora,

        I will be writing more about bee pollen so stay tuned. Aren't these little bees a wonder? They sure know how to run their community. So dedicated...such hard workers.

        Thank you my friend.

        Good health to you,

        Audrey

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        2 years ago from Central Florida

        Yes, Audrey, that's what I had in mind. I think it would be very beneficial to all of us. I'm glad you like the idea. I look forward to it!

        I'm passing this article on to two of my co-workers who have belly problems that the doctors just can't seem to find the cause.

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        Maria Jordan 

        2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

        I love that you keep us on our toes - this is informative, interesting and I'd greatly enjoy a series as Sha suggested.

        Keep on 'beeing' you, 'honey'! Love ya, Maria

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Randall

        I'm so glad you mentioned using honey as an antibiotic. Thanks for posting this. Appreciate it.

        Audrey

        bravewarrior

        What a great idea you've come up with. I hadn't thought about doing a series on this topic but I will now! Are you thinking along the lines of a separate hub for each of the physical benefits of taking bee pollen? I could certainly do that.

        Thanks so much Sha. I appreciate your help very much.

        Audrey

        always exploring

        Honey is made up of: Fructose: 38.5% Glucose: 31.0% Sucrose: 1.0% ...3.38% .

        Bee Pollen has 1.2grams of glucose in a spoonful. This would be natural sugar. So I question whether you should take either honey or bee pollen.

        I'll do some research to locate the best bee pollen and get back to you. I found mine in McMinneville, Tn. But if you can't have sugar (glucose) I question if you should be taking bee pollen or honey. Do you have diabetes?

        Thanks my friend.

        Audrey

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        whonunuwho 

        2 years ago from United States

        Great information here my friend. I am a staunch supporter of the honey bee and have written a few hubs about them as well. Nicely done. whonu

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 years ago from The Caribbean

        Have always heard that bee pollen is good for a variety of ailments, but your article gives me a new appreciation for the pollen and for the bee. Lots of work for the little creatures, but they do it!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        billybuc

        You make me giggle...and I like to keep my friends confused 'cause it keeps 'em on their toes. Are you standing on your toes? :) In the second video I was wondering why all those bees didn't sting the bee keeper? Most people are afraid of bees for this reason. I've never had this fear even though I've been stung in the past. Hope you live your dream and find time to raise bees.

        Love,

        Audrey

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        Faith Reaper 

        2 years ago from southern USA

        Audrey, this is such an insightful and fascinating article about bee pollen! I knew of some of the health benefits of honey, but never heard of using bee pollen. Makes perfect sense to me.

        We buy honey locally and will check into the bee pollen. I have such terrible allergies and so if this helps, it would be a great relief to me.

        Sharing everywhere

        Blessings, lovely friend

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        2 years ago from Southern Illinois

        Audrey, I wonder if I could take organic honey and it cure my allergies? I am also glucose intolerant. I want a pet so badly but I'm allergic to animal dander and saliva. I do not know of any local growers, so what is the best to buy. I really am excited about the prospect of this helping me. I read somewhere that a woman who had MS let a bee sting her once a month and it kept her out of the wheelchair. Before starting the process she was unable to walk. I take Benadryl daily, I've tried all the others and it seems to work better. Maybe if I advertise in our local paper there might be a grower in the country that I'm unaware of, but still I want you to recommend the best brand if I can't buy it locally. Thank you so much for writing this.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        2 years ago from Central Florida

        Fascinating article, Audrey. I know that honey has great antibacterial properties, but I didn't know about the benefits of bee pollen. I'm interested in learning more, particularly how bee pollen aids in each of the bullet points included in this article.

        I'd like to try bee pollen but would rather do more research into it. I think you're the perfect person to provide that for me and others who feel the same as I.

        I hope you'll continue with this and perhaps turn it into a series.

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        Randall Guinn 

        2 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

        A great hub. I enjoyed reading it. I have used honey as an antibiotic for years, and I like the taste.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I had to double check to make sure this was written by you, dear lady. LOL It wasn't about singing so I was confused, but then it doesn't take much to confuse me these days.

        Very interesting information. I really would love to raise bees....another item on my to-do list.

        love,

        bill

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