Bee pollen

Name: Bee pollen

What is the most important information I should know about bee pollen?

Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra bee pollen to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Bee Pollen Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives, itching; feeling light-headed; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although not all side effects are known, bee pollen is thought to be possibly safe when taken for up to 30 days.

Long-term use of bee pollen may cause serious side effects. Stop using bee pollen and call your healthcare provider at once if you have:

  • skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • trouble breathing;
  • upper stomach pain, loss of appetite; or
  • swelling, rapid weight gain.

Common side effects may include:

  • numbness, tingling; or
  • upset stomach.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Pregnancy/Lactation

Clinical data regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation are lacking. However, use in pregnant rats resulted in fetuses with higher birth weights and decreased death rates, suggesting that bee pollen may be an effective prenatal nutrient. 1

Toxicology

Research reveals little or no information regarding toxicity with the use of this product.

Bee pollen consists of plant pollens collected by worker bees combined with plant nectar and bee saliva, usually a mixture of pollen species from several different plants. The pollens are packed by the insects into small dust pellets that are then used as a food source for the male drones. Commercially, the pollen is gathered at the entrance of the hive by forcing the bees to enter through a portal partially obstructed with wire mesh that brushes the material off the hind legs into a collection vessel. Because of the increasing popularity of bee pollen as a health food, this means of pollen collection has been supplemented by collection directly from the hives.

Dosage

The best recommended dose of bee pollen is unknown. Doses vary between products because tablets contain differing amounts of bee pollen. Manufacturers' recommendations may provide more guidance.

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