Bee pollen granules are among the most commonly used forms of bee pollen supplements
Granules are also the most natural form of bee pollen supplement.
But you’ll also find bee pollen in the form of tablets, powders and liquids made from bee pollen extracts.
Will you enjoy the same potential health benefits of bee pollen no matter the form in which you consume it?
Form may affect function to some degree, because all other forms of bee pollen are more highly processed.
No matter what form you take it in, though, be sure that you’re aware of the potential risks and side effects of taking bee pollen.
Be sure to do your homework when shopping for pollen.
In case you didn’t know, the FDA doesn’t directly regulate dietary supplements such as bee pollen. A company can market a dietary supplement without FDA approval or oversight.
So make sure that any purchase you're considering is from a reputable company.
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If you’d prefer to take bee pollen in its most natural and least-processed form, then you’ll probably want to use bee pollen granules.
Granules of bee pollen are formed by honey bees as they gather it from flowers. They pack the pollen into pellets on their legs for the flight back to the hive.
As the bees enter the hive, they pass through a device called a pollen trap, which brushes the pollen pellets from the bees’ legs.
The pellets fall into a container to be collected later by the beekeeper. After filtering out any debris, the pellets are packed into bottles for delivery to the consumer.
So the pollen granules that you purchase are the pellets harvested directly from the honey bees.
Can’t get any more natural than that!
Bee pollen granules can either be eaten as is by the spoonful (though that’s somewhat of an acquired taste for most people), or taken with other food (mixed with cereal, blended into a smoothie, etc.).
Bee pollen capsules are also very popular.
Capsules, though, are a less natural form of pollen, simply because the pollen is more processed.
And some capsulated pollen is more processed than others, so always read the label to be sure of what you’re getting.
Some companies, for example, sell bee pollen capsules containing ‘concentrated’ bee pollen—obviously a highly processed product. And often, bee pollen capsules will contain another hive product such as royal jelly and/or propolis.
But if you don’t like the taste of bee pollen in the form of granules, and just want a quick and easy way to get the pollen down your gullet, bee pollen capsules can offer a good alternative to granules.
All other forms of bee pollen are highly processed products.
That doesn’t mean that they aren’t useful, and it doesn’t mean that they are harmful. But it does mean that they are no longer bee pollen just as the bees collected it.
Other forms of bee pollen, though, are sometimes preferred for their usability.
Bee pollen powder, for example, is easier to incorporate into other foods than bee pollen granules. Some even like to mix bee pollen powder into bread dough before baking!
But if it’s important to you to use bee pollen in its most natural form, use bee pollen granules.