How Bee Pollen can help pollen allergies

June 09, 2011

Airborne allergens generally come from the pollen grains of flowers, trees and any other plant-life in your immediate area. When bees collect pollens and nectar they are collecting these same pollens which are causing a negative reaction in your body. Small amounts of these pollens are present in the honey and bee pollen produced in the hive and are ingested into your body when you consume these bee products.

People are commonly treated for allergies in one of two methods - antihistamines (over the counter/prescription drugs) or immunotherapy. Antihistamines do not treat the cause of the allergy they simply lessen the reaction to the allergen. Immunotherapy works by introducing small and controlled amounts of allergen material into your body, allowing you to slowly adapt and build up a tolerance to the allergen by desensitizing you, alleviating the problem at its source. For this reason using bee pollen as an effective allergy treatment has become extremely popular. Taking small amounts of bee pollen introduces small amounts of local allergens into your system, giving your body a chance to adapt. It is necessary to start out with small doses and to increase them over time. If you are severely susceptible to pollen and have a severe allergy this approach is not recommended because Bee products like royal jelly and bee pollen can cause severe reactions in susceptible individuals.