Many people obsess over the bioavailability of bee pollen. Well at least over the bioavailability of the nutrients contained within bee pollen, to be exact. So surely the form in which the pollens arrive on your table has some bearing on how easily (or otherwise) your digestive system will take anything of worth from the pollen. I know, you’re jumping up and down right now uttering the words ‘potentiated bee pollen‘.
The potentiation process is supposed to make the substance more available and absorbable in a nutritional sense. So what’s that all about? Well, bee pollen granules do have a fairly hard outer shell, and it does take time for your digestive system to eat it’s way through that shell in order to get at the vitamins and minerals contained within. A simple way to accelerate the process is to crack the whole grain granules or even grind them into a powder. But you don’t want to do anything crazy like dehydrate the substance to make it easier to grind, at least not with heat.
Speaking as a manufacturer and an avid end-user, I like to take the fresh, raw, moist pollen granules and freeze-dry them using cold air, as the word ‘freeze’ clearly implies. Then, give the dry granules a quick spin around in the grinder, just to crack them up a little without turning them into powder.
Then, either package them in tubs or capsulate them. Which method is best is highly debatable. I tend to prefer capsulation, as it does help preserve the freshness and integrity of the bee pollen. Packing in 1LB bags or screw-top containers is OK if you get through the stuff at a reasonable pace. But if 1 pound in weight is going to last you a year or so, I’d prefer to have it in capsule form. Sure, it’s going to be more expensive, but it’s worth it in my opinion.
You can get what I’m describing from various sources, including this one: The Natural Shopper’s Bee Pollen. There are other places too, but beware of the Chinese stuff that’s imported in capsule form, as it may not be quite as fresh and potent as you think.
As far as dosage is concerned, well it’s another debatable issue. Firstly, so long as you’re not allergic to bee pollen there’s not really any fear of overdosing, which many people seem to misunderstand. It’s classified as a food, so you could probably eat too much bratwurst and get sick and you could probably eat too much bee pollen and get sick, but it wouldn’t be easy to do. Your body will take what it needs and what it can efficiently absorb, and discard the rest.