How do I Choose the Best Bee Pollen Dosage?

Erin J. Hill

The right bee pollen dosage for your individual needs will depend on the form it comes in and what it is being used for. If you are taking it for general health, you can generally take a small amount than someone who using it to cure allergies or another ailment. To determine your ideal daily dosage, start off by taking a little and then work your way up to higher amounts over the course of several days.


There are three main forms of bee pollen. You can take granules, which are natural and raw pollen formed into small nuggets that can be eaten or mixed with food. There are also pills or tablets and capsules, which involve powdered bee pollen inside of a gelanous pill shaped container. Each of these options is effective, but some are stronger than others, so finding the right bee pollen dosage for each type is necessary if you will be switching from one form to another.

Bee pollen can be consumed in pill form.
Bee pollen can be consumed in pill form.

If you will be taking granules, you can determine the appropriate bee pollen dosage by taking a few small granules the first day and then slowly doubling the amount you take each day. When you begin to experience any negative reactions, which are rare, you should lower your dosage back down to the amount taken the previous day or until side effects subside.

Those who are taking pollen for a specific health condition may need to take more than those who are taking it for general health. To determine the best bee pollen dosage for a particular condition or to help prevent a condition such as seasonal allergies, you should work your way up just as you would otherwise but continue to increase the dosage until symptoms subside as long as no side effects are present.

If you’ll be taking capsules or tablets, you can begin upping your dosage in much the same way as with granules. Begin by taking a small portion of one tablet per day and then slowly increase until you are taking between three and six tablets per day. You can also remove the powder from capsules and combine it with smoothies or other drinks. Start by using one third of a capsule and then working your way up from there.

It is hard to overdose on bee pollen, but you should discuss your potential dosage with a medical professional. The average dosage is roughly 1500 to 2000 mg per day, although this can vary depending on the illness you are trying to treat or the form in which you choose to take pollen. If you have any negative reactions such as redness, trouble breathing, or dizziness, discontinue your supplements and contact your doctor right away.

A dosage of bee pollen granules should start very small.
A dosage of bee pollen granules should start very small.

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Discussion Comments


@SarahGen-- Actually, I heard that it's better to start out with a very small amount of bee pollen initially and then increase the dosage over time.

The advantage to this is that, one, if someone has an unknown allergy, he or she will avoid very serious side effects because they ingested a small amount. Secondly, some people experience digestive upset from bee pollen. These potential side effects will also be reduced since the body will have more time to adjust to the supplement.

So It's probably best to start with a quarter teaspoon and slowly increase that to one teaspoon over a period of a few weeks to one month.


@SarahGen-- If the directions say that you can use that much, I'm sure it's fine. I use granules as well and I personally use one teaspoon daily. I put it right into a shake or smoothie. But I'm fairly small, so someone who is taller will probably need several teaspoons a day to get the same amount of energy. Most people don't use a lot of bee pollen because it has calories.


I bought a bee pollen supplement to improve my energy levels. How much should I take? It's in granule form and the suggested dose is one to two teaspoons several times a day. Is this too much though?

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