When I started this website in October 2007, there was maybe five websites on the entire Internet on bee pollen (or bee bread as it’s also sometimes called). Now, there are literally hundreds and hundreds.
I had the good fortune of being introduced to it by a master herbalist in Logan, Utah and was trained by him in herbal medicine for two years. This site is an extension of my early fascination with it.
While others write about honeybee bread hoping to sell some product, I write about it out of deep personal interest. This site is the guide on this natural supplement. Bold to say, but it’s the truth.
(By the way, for clarity the term bee bread and bee pollen, as in this article, used interchangeably.)
Let’s Talk About Bee Pollen
Bee bread is an amazing, naturally occurring supplement that rightly qualifies as a superfood.
It is esteemed by many health experts as a complete food notwithstanding its “supplement” reputation.
It has been used as a supplement for thousands of years by many cultures all over the world.
It is mentioned, along with other honeybee products, in the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, and has even been referred to in ancient Oriental scrolls of the Far East.
Where does honeybee bread come from? Honeybees. Yes, the ever so humble insect of the insect world. A full colony of this ever industrious insect can actually pull in as many as 50,000 loads of bread a day.
The vital pollen is taken from the stamen of flowers. It is the male reproductive part of the flower that the honeybees collect.
The honeybees pack the powder into granules, adding honey or nectar from honey sacs where it is then transported back to the hive.
Finally, an enzyme is added to prevent germination, metabolizing the pollen for food, thus preserving the honeybee bread benefit nutritionally.
It is gathered for human consumption and use with a special device that is placed at the entrance of the hive through which the insects fly or pass.
As they pass through the device, it causes the pollen to come off the legs, trapping it.
Health Benefits of Bee Pollen
Wade asserted that this humble bee food has all vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, and protein needed to sustain life. Wade is not alone in his belief. Dr. Betty Lee Morales has said,
“…it is the only food which contains every essential nutrient needed by mankind for perfect health. This fact can hardly be disputed since it has been proved by analysis in the laboratories of the world many times.”
C. Leigh Broadhurst, Ph.D. (2005) concurs saying, “A teaspoon of it provides you with a quick and easy way to eat the equivalent of one large serving of vegetables” (p. 2).
Moreover, one Professor Alain Callias, Ph.D. at the Academy of Agriculture, in Paris, France, personally iinvestigated the minimal amount a human being could live on providing the necessary nutrients for life.
Professor Callias said that his study proved that 36 grams of it a day would supply a human being with every necessary nutrient necessary to sustain life.
Compelling information to be sure.
I’ve now been using this remarkable compound for over 24 years and can testify to its benefits in this honeybee bread web page. Along with ginseng, goji berries, and wheatgrass juice, it is among the most nutritious foods on the planet.
The bread is rich in the B vitamin complex, (which gives energy), carotenes, including vitamins C and E, two potent antioxidants, and is made up of approximately 55% carbohydrates.
There are many health benefits attributed to honeybee bread which have been verified in independent clinical tests all over the world. In Europe, especially Germany, it is very popular as a supplement.
The Chinese too have used it for centuries. Its benefits include increased energy and libido; it helps eliminate acne, aids indigestion; it also facilitates depression elimination and helps lower high blood pressure.
It also used as a topically applied salve (which is good for skin problems).
It’s also helpful in lessening the effects of diabetes, and as a weight loss supplement as well.
Perhaps the most noted bread benefit is its ability to increase endurance, strength, and even increase mental function. Not surprisingly, for its stamina-giving capabilities, it is much sought after by athletes.
What about the prostate issues? High blood pressure? Can it help with facilitating weight loss ? What about diabetes and acne? I will discuss them in separate pages on this site, but not on this particular page.
However, like many supplements, it is almost looked upon as a panacea — a cure all — for almost every problem imaginable. It’s not.
(I’ve never read anything where it can cure disease. Anyone saying that is exaggerating or outright lying.)
Don’t misunderstand, this naturally occurring vitamin supplement is a superstar and superfood but good health is not found in only one supplement ingredient, but in keeping the intestinal tract clean, in getting adequate amounts of rest, by eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, and in taking a good, assimilable multivitamin.
Does Bee Pollen Have Weight Loss Capabilities?
As fat loss is important to so many, let’s discuss this supplement and weight loss for a moment. Among its impressive array of nutrients is lecithin, which we believe is largely responsible for its fat-loss properties. A main honeybread benefit is found in lecithin.
Lecithin helps to remove fat stores from the body and stimulates the metabolism. Lecithin also helps in the assimilation of nutrients in the digestive process.
Undoubtedly, a key benefit is that it helps to regulate the metabolism, evening out chemical imbalance so it can function properly.
When this happens, one of the side benefits is weight loss. According to Carlson Wade referred to earlier that it is,
a natural way to improve metabolism help control and take weight off.
Another benefit is that it possesses diuretic capabilities and is believed to reduce unwanted hunger pangs and cravings.
So, yes research has show it does help facilitate weight or fat loss. However, it should not be viewed as a solitary aid in the fight for weight loss but as a complementary agent for weight loss is not dependent upon one thing but a combination of factors.
In reality, one benefit study conducted in 1994 by Chinese doctors Y Xie, B. Wan, and W. Li actually showed honeybread inducing weight gain.
In truth, while there are some studies validating it as a weight loss agent, most of the evidence between it and weight loss is mostly anecdotal. There are contradictory statements made that cancel each other out.
(I personally have used it as a general health tonic, not for weight loss.)
Potential Bee Pollen Side Effects
No page entitled discussing bread’s benefits would be complete without needed comments on some basic guidelines. While there are no known negative drug or nutrient interactions, there are a few bread side effects you should be aware of.
It should also be noted that severe allergic reactions such as anaphylactic shock is possible if you are already sensitive or allergic to honeybee products.
Anaphylactic shock can cause death so if you have any reservations at all, and just to be safe, please consult with your doctor before beginning any new supplement regime.
It comes in many forms, in a natural powder form, tablet, cream, lozenge, cream, capsule, and as fresh honeybee bread herb (although it’s not an herb per se).
How To Choose a Quality Supplement
In the US, a lot of our honeybread comes from local hives but is imported. In order to obtain the healthiest bread, make sure the source is as pristine as possible with the product being produced at GMP-compliant facilities.
Facilities that are GMP registered comply with the most rigid standards so as to minimize the possibility of product contaminants.
These are the same standards pharmaceutical companies in the United States are required to operate under as mandated by the FDA.
Ideally, make sure the bread benefit or product rather does not contain any fillers or additives such as sucrose (sugar), starch, gluten, silica (sand) or any other artificial colors, dyes, or flavors.
Next, only get freeze-dried honeybee bread. This preserves the nutrients in the bread. Avoid processed or heat dried pollen as his kills the sensitive enzymes.
Incidentally, if you’re buying raw bread herb or powder, one naturopathic doctor recommends soaking it for 12 hours in orange juice or water in preparation for consumption as this improves nutrient assimilation from 7 to 12% to 80 to 90%.
(This will obviously increase the benefit benefit you wish to obtain through supplementation.)
Lastly, like most supplements, bread’s effectiveness (at least in tablet or capsule form) is heightened when combined with other nutrients.
Is There a Guarantee?
A company in New Zealand offers GMP-compliant products, and meets all the above criteria and more. Their honeybread comes from one of the most pristine sources on earth in New Zealand that is made in facilities that surpass even U.S. FDA standards. (They actually meet British Pharmacopoeia standards with some of their procedures, like their herbal extraction procedures.) Moreover, they offer a full one-year product guarantee on all of their products including their skincare line.
Their supplement has 11 vitamins, a number of amino acids, enzymes, which complements its effectiveness.
(Just a tip. Take it with ginseng tea. Ginseng is an herb that has been long popular in Asia and is one of the greatest “health foods” in the world. I’ve been using it for years and can personally testify of its effectiveness.)
I’ve been taking it for two decades now and have been using this supplement in capsule form for over 10 years now and can report superb results including increased energy and improved all-around good health.
If you prefer honeybee bread supplements in a tablet form, this is the way to go, in my opinion.
However, there are certainly advantages to the capsules and the granules. I hope this web page has been useful to you.
Broadhurst, C. Leigh. (2005). User’s guide to propolis, royal jelly, honey, and bee pollen. CA: Basic Health Publications, Inc.
Wade, Carlson. (1978). Bee pollen and your health. New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing. Bee Pollen.