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Bee Pollen & Fertility

By Joel Le Blanc

If you want to promote your fertility, bee pollen is one product you could consider. Bee pollen is a natural health food containing a range of nutrients that benefit the immune system, allergies, liver, prostate and fertility health. Bee pollen is not a replacement for standard medical treatments. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before combining bee products with prescribed medications.

Pollen

Bee pollen is collected by honeybees as they travel from flower to flower, gathering pollen from the male germ cells of plants and pollinating female plants as they go. According to Dr. Joseph Pizzorno and Dr. Michael Murray, authors of "The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods," this process of gathering pollen enables the reproduction of more than 80 percent of the world's plant life. Honeybees take the male pollen they have gathered back to their hive, where they combine it with various enzymes and nectar. The taste, aroma and nutritional value of bee pollen depends on the geographical location it was gathered from and the plants it comes from.

Nutrition

The role that bee pollen plays in promoting fertility may be a supporting one, in which the body is nourished as a whole with good nutrition. Bee pollen is filled with a range of healthy nutrients, including 55 percent carbohydrates, 33 percent protein, essential fatty acids, glucose, fructose and antioxidants including lycopene, quercetin and rutin. Other vitamins, minerals and enzymes are found in bee pollen to varying degrees. The exact nutritional profile of a bee pollen product depends on where the pollen was the collected and what species of plants were used.

Research

In recent years as the popularity of bee pollen products as a health food and dietary supplement has grown, medical research has started to explore and validate many of the health claims surrounding it. In a study published in "The Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition" in 2011, researchers at Damanhour University in Egypt explored the fertility promoting properties of bee pollen in animals. Male rabbits given bee pollen had significantly better fertility, sperm quality and blood profiles. In addition, baby rabbits given bee pollen had improved body weight and a better survival rating. Researchers concluded that bee pollen was an effective product capable of promoting better fertility and reproduction in animals. More research is still needed to verify these results in human clinical trials.

Safety and Toxicity

Bee pollen products are considered safe and nontoxic, with no side effects or drug interactions yet identified in humans. However, if you suffer from allergies to bee stings, bee pollen products should also be avoided as they may cause a similar allergic reaction. If you are unsure if you are allergic to bee stings or bee products, ingest a very small amount of bee pollen under doctor supervision. If you experience allergy symptoms after taking bee pollen products, seek out emergency medical attention immediately.

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