Should I Take Bee Pollen For Prostate Health?

You don’t need to be as busy as a bee to enjoy the health benefits of bee pollen. Some of the benefits of taking bee pollen for prostate health include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help men with an enlarged prostate or prostatitis, help in restoring prostate health, and promote urinary tract health.

Men have been taking bee pollen for prostate problems for decades in Europe to help with management of an enlarged prostate and prostatitis. Much of the research of bee pollen for prostate problems has involved the use of cernilton/Graminex pollen extract, which is a combination of rye pollen, corn pollen, and timothy pollen.

Men with an enlarged prostate or with prostatitis who have used pollen extract have experienced significant reductions in urinary tract symptoms. Cernilton/Graminex pollen also contains a substance that inhibits prostate cell growth.

For example, a study published in Phytotherapy Research explains how researchers used an extract from bee pollen of Brassica campestris L on human cancer cells, including prostate cancer. The bee pollen extract was strongest against prostate cancer PC-3 cells and seemed to cause cell death (apoptosis). The authors concluded that the bee pollen extract “may be a promising candidate for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.” You can get Graminex pollen in prostate health supplements.

Read more in our Prostate Cancer Health Center.

Reference

Wu YD, Lou YJ. A steroid fraction of chloroform extract from bee pollen of Brassica campestris induces apoptosis in human prostate cancer PC-3 cells. Phytotherapy Research 2007 Nov; 21(11): 1087-91