Taking bee pollen has been associated with increased energy and stamina, along with weight loss. [Here is an article on bee pollen and weight loss] Though we don’t doubt that there are many benefits available to people who take bee pollen, it isn’t for everyone. It is used to combat allergies but should only be used for such in a carefully supervised environment.
Of all the bee products out there, bee pollen is the most widely used in supplement form. Sure, honey is taken more widely, but generally it is used as a sweetener and not a supplement.
Though I’m using the term ‘supplement’ here to describe bee pollen as it is most widely consumed, it actually hasn’t been classified as a supplement by the FDA, its classification is still “food”. I strongly recommend that you consume it that way too. Don’t just take your pollen in capsule form, take it granulated and use it liberally on foods and in cold drinks. A teaspoon sprinkled on your cereal in the morning will deliver around 5 grams of bee pollen, and you don’t have to deal with a capsule or filler.
Benefits of Regional Bee Pollens
Many people ask about regional pollens and whether or not there is benefit to consuming bee pollen which has been sourced locally. Simply, if you take your bee pollen to help with allergies then there may be some benefit to consuming locally harvested product, otherwise any domestic pollen should be the same as locally sourced.
Cost of Bee Pollen
Another question relates to cost. How much should one expect to pay for bee pollen? It is actually available in many outlets at prices as low as $3.00 for 100 500mg capsules, maybe even lower online. Stay away from this junk, it is usually cheap, low-grade imported bee pollen which has been processed (capsulated) in Asia, and often doesn’t contain what is printed on the label.
There are many companies around who can provide you with quality domestic (USA) product and though they are a little more expensive, it’s worth every penny extra that you will pay.