Pollen, a substance collected from the flowers of various plants, contains carbohydrates,
fat, protein, and some vitamins and
Where is it found?
Most noncultivated plants produce pollen. Commercial pollen is collected from bees
returning to their hives (bee pollen) or may be directly harvested with machines (flower
pollen). It is not clear which plants produce the most effective pollens. Some of the most
common pollens used are timothy grass, corn,
rye, and pine.
Pollen has been used in
connection with the following conditions (refer to the individual
health concern for complete information):
and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies
suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal
or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support and/or minimal health
Who is likely to be deficient?
Since pollen is not an essential bodily constituent, deficiencies do not occur.
How much is usually taken?
The optimal intake of pollen is unknown. Some doctors recommend using 500 mg two to three
times per day. Research on the proprietary rye pollen extract has used three to six tablets,
or four capsules, per day.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
Many people have allergies to inhaled
pollens. Allergic reactions to ingested pollen (some of them quite serious) have also been
reported.234 Otherwise, no significant adverse effects have
At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions
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1. Stanley RG, Liskens HF. Pollens. Springer-Verlag: New York,
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