Over the years, a lot of information has circulated about the beauty benefits of honey. Need an awesome face mask? Honey. Out of deep conditioner? Get some extra virgin olive oil and honey, and go to town. But what about bee pollen?
Bee pollen, which comes from the pollen that collects on the bodies of bees, is touted as a superfood due to its protein, amino acid and vitamin content. It contains the amino acid L‑Cysteine, which contains sulfur and is said to help reverse hair loss and can strengthen the hair strand. Bee pollen also has vitamin A and E — two vitamins that are vital to hair (and overall) health. I notice a boost in energy when I take my bee pollen as well.
One teaspoon of bee pollen contains approximately 15 calories, so it’s easy to add a dash to oatmeal or sprinkle it on yogurt. I personally like the taste so I usually eat a small handful in the morning (some eat their spoonful with coconut oil). I’ve also heard that all bee pollen is not created equal taste-wise, but I can’t speak for other brands (mine is Y.S. Eco Bee Farms). You can also blend it into your smoothie. There are some creams and products that contain bee pollen, like the cult favorite Egyptian Magic, but I prefer to take my vitamins and supplements internally over topical treatments. Bee pollen capsules or tablets are also available if you do not like the taste.
Obviously, the health claims of consuming bee pollen have not been evaluated by the FDA and it’s not meant to be a miracle supplement. Make sure you are still caring for your hair properly and incorporating healthy foods into your diet.
Do you eat bee pollen and if so, what benefits have you experienced?
WARNING: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not consume bee pollen. It may also cause an allergic reaction, especially if you are allergic to bees, so start off with a small amount. If you have further concerns, check with your doctor for more information.