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Are the health food store bee pollen meds just a gimmick for treating allergies?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
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.

In brief: Yes
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.
Dr. Gary Steven
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Perhaps if health food stores sold bottles of wind collected at different seasons...
Dr. Steven Cohen
Internal Medicine - Allergy
2 doctors agree
In brief: Be careful
Bee's pollen, in a granular form, taken orally, has been associated with acute anaphylactic reactions in at least three people.
I was the lead author of this paper in the journal of allergy and clinical immunology in 1979. Non sedating antihistamines are much safer.

In brief: Be careful
Bee's pollen, in a granular form, taken orally, has been associated with acute anaphylactic reactions in at least three people.
I was the lead author of this paper in the journal of allergy and clinical immunology in 1979. Non sedating antihistamines are much safer.
Dr. Steven Cohen
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