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What is bee pollen and what health benefits does it offer you?

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Containing vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids and protein, bee pollen collects on a bee;s body, states WebMD. It sometimes contains bee saliva. Although not backed by medical research, bee pollen is sometimes recommended to help allergies, asthma, alcoholism and stomach problems and to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.

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Many herbalists feel that bee pollen is highly nutritious and can cure health problems and enhance athletic performance. However, many years of research have failed to prove that these health benefits exist, according to WebMD. Bee pollen is commonly sold in health food stores. It can be found in dietary supplements and in skin products such as eczema and diaper rash cream. Items such as natural honey, honeycomb, bee venom and royal jelly do not contain bee pollen.

Short term use of bee pollen seems to be a safe practice for most people, but checking with a doctor is recommended before taking it, according to WebMD. People with pollen allergies may experience a severe allergic reaction after taking bee pollen, including shortness of breath, hives and swelling. Taking bee pollen is not advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Bee pollen may also lead to increased bleeding, especially for people taking blood thinners such as warfarin.

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