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Dr. Ana Adelstein answered:

What is health benefits of bee pollen?

Bee Venom

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Tangentially related: Promising report from Washington U of bee venom (not pollen) killing HIV virus: http://bit.ly/14zDSvU
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How can you eat bee pollen or jelly to boost energy?

Honey

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Some persons believe that by eating locally collected honey that pollen contained in the honey will help to make them resistant to allergic plants. (desensitize them). Bees collect pollen primarily from flowering plants that require the bee to carry the pollen to other plants; these pollens are not typically airborne and therefore are not the plants that typically cause respiratory allergy
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Does bee pollen contain hormones (androgen, progesterone,...)?

No

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There are no significant levels of sex hormones in Bee pollen
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Dr. Patrick Melder answered:

Can bee pollen work as an effective treatment of outdoor allergies?

No

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Pollen (bee or otherwise) is an allergen and can elicit an immune response (allergic response). If you have allergies, you should use an anti-histamine or have allergy testing done. Yu can start with an allergist or an ENT.
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Can I take bee pollen (bee bread) in my diet when I am on accutane?

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Yes, you can take Bee Pollen when you are on accutane.
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Help please. Could bee pollen supplements cause blocked eustachian tubes?

No

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There is no evidence that bee pollen supplements would help blocked eustachian tubes. A better approach would be to see your physican about possible causes, and address these directly.
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Can OTC bee pollen for a toddler with eczema and food allergies hurt? any help?

It could

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It depends what your child is allergic to. I would not try anything even if it is OTC without talking it over with your Allergist or Physician
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Dr. Gary C. Steven answered:

Are the health food store bee pollen meds just a gimmick for treating allergies?

Yes

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The pollens that cause allergies are very small, and carried by the wind. Flowers need bees to cross-pollinate, because the pollen is too big and heavy to be carried by the wind. Since they're not airborne, people can't inhale them and react to them. Thus, the pollens found in bee pollen are NOT the pollens that cause your allergic symptoms.
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Can I still take bee pollen or eat raw local honey if I'm allergic to bee stings?

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Your deadly allergy is to the venom from a bee sting. That does not mean that you would be allergic to bee pollen or honey. If you are concerned about food allergies, an allergist would be the medical professional to see.
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Does taking bee pollen really work for getting rid of allergies, or is it a gimmick?

No

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Bee pollen is not helpful to get rid of allergies. Seasonal allergens that cause rhinitis etc are pollens that are wind borne. Bees pollinate flowering plants and these don't cause seasonal allergy.
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