Fellow naturalista on YouTube, ChakaKhanian is a huge fan of bee pollen. In a length check video (she’s waist length!) in which she gave hair growth tips, she talked about eating healthy and using bee pollen instead of the more common commercial supplements or vitamins.
She felt strongly that the bee pollen made a difference, citing that commercial supplements do not actually feed the cells since the cells can only use elemental portions or a certain amount for daily intake.
She felt that the bee pollen fed her cells what they need and contained even some of the enzymes that may not be included in some commercial products.
Of course, when you’ve been stuck at a length plateau for ages you get excited about anything that will put some oomph in your regimen and super-size those results (okay, so maybe you don’t but I do).
I was intrigued by all this information so I scoped out some other leads to get some more insight into this super-food.
Several articles have made claims that bee pollen is one of the most nourishing foods since it contains all the nutrients our bodies require. Bee pollen is also said to have approximately 40% protein with half of this being amino-acids. It also has the B-complex vitamins.
Scientists have also found that there are some unidentifiable elements in bee pollen, believed to be some substance added by the bees themselves.
While there were claims that bee pollen also brightens dull skin by giving it a healthy glow, in all data I went through, I was unable to find conclusive scientifically proven statements that would point to a link between hair growth/better skin and bee pollen.
Recognizing that one size does not fit all I believe we should all bear in mind that ChakaKhanian has admitted that she has always had long hair (just not waist length hair).
It could also be the case that the growth she experienced was a combination of a good regimen and a healthy and balanced nutrition approach.
Don’t run to your health-food store just yet though as there have been reports that use of bee pollen can actually trigger asthma attacks, contact dermatitis and other allergic reactions. In fact there have been cases of anaphylactic shock that resulted in death.
I had been halfway persuaded to take the plunge up until this point but the risks appear to be quite serious and way too much risk for some long hair.
If in doubt do not try this at home. Let me also take this opportunity to remind you to take everything you hear online with a grain of salt.
At this point, the verdict is still out on the benefits of pollen considering that there is still not a general consensus that scientifically validates most of the claims as it relates to the benefits for either health or hair growth.
It might be that some people have genuinely benefited from the use of bee pollen. As for me, I’ll do some more digging and put a hold on the bottle I ordered (went ahead and ordered just in case there is something to it).
Let us know if you have tried this and how it turned out for you.
Originally posted 2013-11-10 15:00:35.