No other food provides as many minerals, carbs, proteins, lipids, amino acids, polysaccharides and enzymes as bee pollen, considered by nutritionists all over the world the most complete natural dietary supplement available today.
Used in treating various health conditions in adults, pollen can also be administered to children although the recommended dosage varies depending on the kid’s age and general health state.
Health Benefits of Bee Pollen
This natural supplement has a variety of health benefits and medicinal uses, being used in treating allergies, respiratory conditions such as asthma or regular infections, gastrointestinal disorders as well as appetite problems. Moreover, this nourishing product improves the physical strength and performance, increases the general stamina and boosts energy levels.
Considered a wonder food by nutritionists as well as by users, bee pollen fights stress very efficiently and prevents nutritional deficiencies due to its high content of vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, lipids and enzymes. Also, it is proven to improve the mental alertness and concentration and to sustain memory.
Being so rich in nutrients, pollen is also a great aid for the healthy growth and development of a child’s organism. However, all these benefits can be compromised when the recommended daily dose is exceeded, so it’s essential to know how much bee pollen a child can use on a regular basis and also to be aware of the potential side effects triggered by this product.
For your kids to get the maximum benefits of bee pollen capsules, nutritionists recommend a daily intake of 0.5-1 tablespoon of pollen for children aged 2 to 6 years and 1-1.5 tablespoon for those aged 6 to 12 years. Teenagers aged 12 and over can take up to 2 tablespoons per day.
If your child is taking bee pollen for the first time, give him only one granule or two as the first serving, to ensure he is not allergic to this natural food. If you know your kid is allergic to honey or other bee products it’s better to avoid administering him pollen as unpleasant reactions may occur. However, if no adverse effect appears after the first serving, you can gradually increase the dosage to a tablespoon of bee pollen per day.
Potential side effects
The major risk when administering this natural supplement to children is the occurrence of allergic reactions, including swelling of the face and lips, hives, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats or even anaphylaxis which can be fatal.
For avoiding these adverse reactions an allergy test needs to be taken before giving the supplement to your child. This test can be done either by using a very low amount of bee pollen as the first serving (0.5 tablespoon or even less) or by scheduling an appointment with an allergist who will take a blood or a skin test.