What is the Link between Bee Pollen and Hepatitis?
Studies have mixed results on what affect bee pollen has on hepatitis. Some state it helps it, where others even say it could cause it. Let's look closer at this to give you a better understanding of the facts.
Assessment of a Honey-Bee Pollen Mix Formulation
HBM or honey-bee pollen mix is said to relieve many health conditions including hepatitis B, according to Turkish herb dealers in a published, research article in the Pharmaceutical Biology Journal. The recent research study looked at the analgesic, gastro protective, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory qualities of HBM and pure honey.
The HBM did not prove effective at a single low dose as far as its gastro protective effects. The results improved after three days of dosages of 500mg/kg each day. It also showed favorable anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects with oral dosages of 500mg/kg with not gastric or other harmful side effects. HBM in this same assessment proved effective in mice for treating liver necrosis brought on by acetaminophen damage. This assessment also found the honey by itself did not produce the same results. The conclusion is that honey mixed with bee pollen is far more powerful, according to Akkol E. Kupeli and his team from the Department of Pharmacognosy at Gazi University.
A Romanian Study
Romanian doctors, as part of a study, gave bee pollen to 110 chronic hepatitis patients. Each one took 30g of bee pollen each day for a period lasting from 90 to 180 days. The results showed an improvement in the ratio of gammaglobuline to bloodalbumine in all the 110 patients.
Possible Adverse Effects from Bee Pollen
Bee pollen also produces adverse results in some cases. Two known cases of people coming down with acute hepatitis happened after a man of 69 years and a woman of 33 years ingested bee pollen. The man took 14 tablets of bee pollen product and the woman ate 2 tablespoons worth of pure bee pollen.
They both had to have medical care to recover. Lab work confirmed the diagnosis. Both people quit taking the bee pollen as advised by their doctors. About two months later, blood tests showed each one back to normal health.
The man's case got a further review and the chaparral in the pills was probably the cause for the hepatitis instead of the bee pollen, because this ingredient is a cause for it.
The woman's case received no further analysis, so there are no extra scientific facts to report to you on it. You may find that you are allergic to bee pollen as another adverse reaction. This is rare unless you already have pollen or bee allergies. You need to start with small dosages of bee pollen until you know your reaction to it.