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Bee Pollen


Bee pollen is the pollen that bees collect from flowers to use as a food source. It has high amounts of protein and has been used to lower cholesterol and weight. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or eaten plain.


There are no advised doses for bee pollen.

What Research Shows

Not Enough Data to Assess

There is not enough data to support that bee pollen is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Safety Notes

It is likely safe for people without pollen allergies to take bee pollen for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.


Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:

  • People with pollen allergies should talk to their doctor before taking bee pollen. It may cause a reaction.
  • People taking blood thinners should talk to their doctors before taking bee pollen. It may increase the risk of bleeding.


Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 9/9/2019