Wow, I never knew that about honey or even considered it. Thanks for the post, I'm going to look into this more. My Brother has several plant allergies and drinks tea with honey quite frequently. It would be something if the honey is what's making his allergies worse.
I'm not going to say anything about whether it "works" or not, but I am going to point out that bee pollen can be EXTREMELY dangerous if you happen to have an allergy to any of the plants that the bees collected from, or to bees themselves. The scary thing is that you wouldn't necessarily know about the allergy ahead of time, and if you do have any plant allergies, you can't know whether the bees came in contact with something from that family.
I mention this mainly because I have an aunt who nearly died from honey. She was told that it was clover honey, but the bees apparently had gotten into some alfalfa. It happened before I was born, and she still has some health issues from it. The bee pollen you would get in capsules is much more concentrated than honey. If you're going to try it, please make sure there's someone with you the first time you take it, and make sure there wouldn't be anything that would delay you from getting to an emergency room if you had to. (In other words, don't do it when the weather's bad.)
The risk is very, very small, of course, but there is a definite risk and there's not a definite benefit. Usually, if you don't know for sure that something will help, it's best not to take a chance on it hurting you.
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304 2/5/11 10:42 P
The cost is a HUGE reason why I'm not sure if I want to take it. I also don't like taking pills for anything. It's most likely not going to happen for me.
2/5/11 10:21 P
I took bee pollen because I was told it would help with my allergies.
It didn't help with weight loss, appetite suppression, or energy. And it didn't help with my allergies either.
My wallet was $25 lighter though. So I did lose weight in my wallet.
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304 2/5/11 10:17 P
I have tried more exercise, more rest, eating better, etc. It doesn't help my energy level. From what I understand, the thyroid has a lot to do with energy, and I no longer have mine due to cancer. I do take my thyroid pills on a daily basis, but the energy just isn't there. I want to crash in the middle of the day. I haven't tried the bee pollen yet, but a lot of people said they have so much more energy after taking it.
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2/5/11 10:16 P
Enjoy the high... because the comedown and withdrawls are going to make you feel like your walking through sand.
Edited by: AILEBBELIA at: 2/5/2011 (22:17)
I have faced it. Having tasted, a life wasted. Oh, I erased it, I'm NEVER going back again- E. Vedder
Slow and steady, friend. Pills and quick-fixes ultimately fail us in the long run. If you want to take these pills for the "energy," why don't you try making some lifestyle changes before you waste your money? Drink more water, get more sleep, incorporate exercise.. THOSE are lifestyle changes you can discipline yourself to implement, and they're sustainable. They WILL give you more energy, but you have to actually work for it. You could LEARN to like water (which is good for you in so many ways..) and how to eat for more energy, or would you rather just take the easy way out and spend a bunch of money on a product you don't need?
I know we all want results quick, but that's not really how it works. Appetite suppressants may help us create a large calorie deficit, but just because we don't FEEL hungry doesn't mean we don't need food. Numbing your body to the sensation of hunger just prevents you from learning how to listen to your body and give it what it needs.
Is it harder to do this without supplements? Probably. But it's ultimately better for you.
"The food you eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison." -- Ann Wigmore
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i have been taking two pills a day for the past couple of days, i'm down another lb, and the appetite suppression definitely kicked in. i have to remind myself to eat, but it doesn't make me nauseous or dissatisfied with food. i just forget about it, so i don't snack all day! i am also running on less sleep these days. i am notorious for needing 9+ hours of sleep, and even then, i sometimes feel run down. on this supplement, i've been fine with about 6-7 hours a night, and i'm not constantly thinking about wanting a nap. my house is so clean, too. i love the energy!
i also heard some pretty good things about bee pollen. it was reviewed on a morning radio show i listen to, and listeners were calling in about it, specifically the zi xiu tang line of bee pollen. i bought some to try out, and sure enough, it gives me MUCH more energy (no placebo here b/c i was pretty skeptical), and my appetite is suppressed a little. of course, i have been only taking one pill a day to make sure i don't have any crazy reaction to it but will soon try the recommended 2 pills, which i figure will suppress the appetite even more. i do pretty well with my nutrition anyway, so this isn't why i bought it. i wanted the increased energy and cleansing. as for weight loss, i will try to update what it does for me. without the supplement, i was losing about a lb a week, so we'll see if that changes. as for the money, as i understand it, you aren't supposed to continue taking this for prolonged periods. i plan on only taking it for a couple of weeks, a month max. you will always have naysayers, but i bet there were naysayers about fish oil and CLA in relation to fat loss, too, and i know for a fact that those help through my own experimentation. you have to figure out what works with your body.
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Our body cleans its' self when we go to the bathroom, plenty of water and fresh vegetables would aid that along for a lot less money.
And "makes you want to eat less" pretty sure thats whats called a placebo affect.
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304 1/21/11 7:56 A
I know at least 5 people who have lost 20 pounds or more from bee pollen. From what I understand, it cleanses your system and then helps you to lose weight by making you not want to eat. I really don't agree with using pills to lose weight, but as I said, I'd use it more for the energy benefit. Of course, there is the whole having to spend money on the pills every month and they are pretty expensive! I'm pretty active now, so I get a lot of exercise. I think I just need to change my diet.
There is no scientific evidence that bee pollen tablets cause weight loss.
If you know people who lost weight on it, they probably also watched what they ate.
It's a scam. I'd save your money.
Deb, in New Zealand
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7,159 1/20/11 11:31 P
Ask your doctor if you need this suppliment.. And if it will help you.. The doctor can tell you if there are any side effects that may affect "you".. Stuff we recommend can on some people have a adverse effects- some of the advice I have gotten has left me cursing people so I trust my doctor with my health and suppliment needs..
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304 1/20/11 11:14 P
I know several people who have lost a significant amount of weight using Bee Pollen Pills. I have considered using it more for the energy benefit than the weight loss. I was wondering if anyone knows if there are any negative side effects of using it or if it is truly safe to use it.
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