Bee Pollen Updated on: December 24th, 2019

Bee pollen is a ball or pellet of field-gathered flower pollen packed by worker honeybees, and used as the primary food source for the hive. It consists of simple sugars, protein, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, and other components. Bees spread pollen from flower to flower, fertilizing plants so that they produce berries, fruits, nuts, and vegetables. More than 100 crops grown in the US are pollinated by honeybees!

why we feed

Bee pollen is used for quite a few things! Allergies: Bee Pollen possesses an impressive attribute in its ability to reduce allergic reactions in animals, and humans too! Vitality: Some canine athletes are fed raw, unprocessed bee pollen from local beekeepers to improve their strength, endurance, stamina and energy. There are some pet owners who will just give it to their pup as a supplement since bee pollen helps speed up recovery from illness or injury, stimulates the immune system and improves intestinal function. Bioavailability: Approximately half of bee pollen’s protein is made up of free-form amino acids that are immediately absorbed and utilized in the body requiring no digestion. Bee pollen is also high in rutin, a bioflavonoid, that protects against free radical damage and has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

how to feed

With any new addition into the diet, especially a supplement like bee pollen, you will want to start very slow. Although bee pollen is supposed to help with allergies, dogs can still have an allergic reaction, so go slow! Start with a single grain of bee pollen and attentively check your dog’s response. If he shows no symptoms of intolerance or discomfort, give two grains the next day, and slowly increase the amount over several weeks to a dose of 1 teaspoon per 30 pounds of body weight per day, mixed with food. Commonly, bee pollen is also mixed with honey, which you can feed your pup as well in small doses as long as it is raw, local honey or manuka honey.

Additional info

In comparison to honey, honey provides 17 grams of carbs and 64 calories per tablespoon, but it's not a good source of micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. Bee pollen is composed of about 55 percent carbs and 30 percent protein, which makes it a better protein source than honey. Some honeys will actually contain bits of bee pollen in it, though! Raw, local honey will have many other nutritional benefits, but bee pollen is used most for allergies.