Bee Pollen Dosage
What Is The Recommended Bee Pollen Dosage?
Unfortunately, the correct bee pollen dosage is something that cannot easily be quantified. A rough estimate for bee pollen dosage in its pure form would be on the order of 1/2 teaspoon a day or less, preferably broken down in to 2 or 3 different servings. In capsule form, the minimum dosage would naturally be one capsule per day, with larger doses sometimes taken as time goes by. As healthy as bee pollen is, most who market bee pollen will tell you not to exceed the recommended dosage, as more is not necessarily better.
Bee pollen has been described as one of nature's healthiest foods, and that description is not without merit. Many medicinal uses of bee pollen are well established, though one needs to be cautious when confronted with claims about its healing properties, especially when healing some of the dread diseases is the claim. Few of these types of claims are backed up by medical or scientific evidence. Bee pollen is also often advertised as a means of enhancing athletic performance, and many athletes take a prescribed bee pollen dosage as part of their training regimen. Here again, there is little if any evidence supporting the claims that bee pollen enhances athletic performance.
Allergies - Still, there's no denying that bee pollen is about as healthy a food as one can take. A small percentage of the population however should not ingest bee pollen at all due to the risk of an allergic reaction, and potentially a severe reaction at that. Generally speaking, for those who have a reaction to pollen in general, the recommended bee pollen dosage is absolute zero.
Raw Honey Is A Good Source - Those who have a pollen allergy might even be a little careful about eating raw honey, which contains a fair amount of bee pollen in suspension. For those not bothered by pollen allergies, raw honey is a great way to get one's daily recommended bee pollen dosage, no matter what that recommended dosage is, as a spoonful or two of raw honey will probably provide all the bee pollen one needs. Raw honey is usually much cheaper than processed honey, the former being cloudy in appearance, the later clear. Raw honey can be a little hard to locate however, and one's best chance of purchasing this source of bee pollen would be at roadside fruit and vegetable stands or at farmer's markets.
Although a quarter teaspoon may be a reasonable bee pollen dosage for adults, the proper dosage for children is unknown. Although bee pollen is likely not harmful to children, it is always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional first, rather than rely on the advice of the product marketers. Similarly the effects of bee pollen on child-bearing women are unknown, and a recommended dosage has not been arrived at. It's not known whether bee pollen is safe or unsafe for pregnant women to take.
The Bees Know What They Are Doing - One of the interesting facts about bee pollen, and perhaps one of the reasons it is so healthy is that the bees appear to be extremely selective in the plants they visit when gathering pollen, avoiding those plants that have been contaminated with an insecticide, an herbicide, or any chemical compound. Furthermore, bees appear to select the pollens that are richest in nutrients. After all, who would you expect to be more fussy about the quality of pollen than the bee?
Summary - When taking bee pollen, it's probably quite safe to follow the recommended dosages as long as the amount is rather small (a fraction of a teaspoon or a single capsule), or the pollen is consumed in raw honey. The main precautions have to do with allergies. Unless you have a pollen allergy bee pollen certainly won't hurt you and it contains most of the nutrients we rely on. How much it can actually help as far as health is concerned is an as yet unanswered question.