Bee Pollen?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
30 posts

As far as I know, regular “bee pollen” itself is not going to help you lose weight.  “Chinese bee pollen” is what people use to lose weight, and it is really dangerous.  It’s not the bee pollen that makes you lose weight, it’s whatever they add to the supplements (controlled substances, chemicals, etc.).  The FDA actually issued a warning to consumers not to use the Chinese bee pollen because it’s really dangerous, unregulated, and can cause very serious cardiac issues. 

Post # 5
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

From what I know, its mainly used to reduce allergies…. but it only works if its from your local bees. The kind used for medicinal purposes (for allergies, headaches, infertility, digestive aid etc) is regulated and is more expensive. Just because it is more expensive, doesn’t mean its the type that is regulated. 

As for weightloss… I don’t know. I know its also been used to help addicts reduce their impulsiveness- but who knows. When 1 substance has so many claims, you have to start thinking that they all can’t be true. 

Post # 7
632 posts
Busy bee

playdohpants:  For your question about why the price varies so much in supplements, it’s because the quality can vary in a big way… some supplements are super low quality (e.g. most of the regular drugstore supplements aren’t particularily good). I can’t usually afford the really high-end brands so I usually buy a mid-priced brand (but check the ingredients for crap fillers – it’s the first giveaway about the quality). Quality is important because if a supplement is low quality, your body might not absorb as much (bioavailability), or it might not benefit you as much as a better quality version of it. 

I usually go to a reputable supplement store (one with good selection with knowledgable staff who know their stuff) and they help answer my questions… Don’t be scared to ask why one brand is more expensive or which brand is better quality if you’re not sure. I don’t recommend buying directly from a naturopath, I find they’re way more expensive and they don’t have much selection. Hope this helps!

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