Bee pollen is widely misunderstood, but you would be surprised to hear that this product of bees is packed with goodness. Including vitamins, minerals, protein and fats. Not only is it beneficial for humans, but our canine companions too. It’s also high in nutrients such as iron, zinc, chromium, cobalt, potassium, and more!
So can this delicious product help your pooch with seasonal allergies? You bet your fluffy tail it can.
What Is Bee Pollen?
Bee pollen is a blend of nectar and bee saliva. The worker bees blend this cocktail together, pack it up and take it hive where it’s used to feed the colony.
Different factors can change the quality of the bee pollen, including the location, the source of the plant and the weather. Pesticides and/or heavy metals can also influence the quality of the pollen. Always look for toxin-free bee pollen. It is the most expensive, but the quality is top-dog.
There are numerous health benefits of bee pollen. First of all it’s jam-packed with antioxidants, along with vitamins (A, B, C, E and K) which strengthens your dog’s body. This goodness will keep infections at bay and make it easier for your dog to overcome or prevent inflammation while cells are regenerating.
Bee Pollen also contains a variety of fatty acids which will help your dog to grow (predominately Omega-3 fatty acids (Alpha-linolenic acid) and 5% Omega-6 (linoleic acid).
There are also major and minor enzymes and co-enzymes which can help your dog to absorb nutrients while regulating the immune system and support food digestion.
Can It Help With Seasonal Allergies?
Yes, bee pollen contains a natural antihistamine called Quercetin, If bee pollen is taken regularly, it can help reduce symptoms and reactions to seasonal allergies. However, bee pollen doesn’t just treat allergies. There are so many benefits to adding bee pollen to your dogs diet. You’d better bee-leave it.
Other Reasons To Consider Bee Pollen
Top of the list? Bee pollen is a hepatoprotective, which means it protects and promotes a healthy liver. It can also help your dogs liver to heal or detox.
As part of a daily diet, bee pollen also improves the moisture in your dog’s skin, promoting quick healing for any wounds and the healing of skin conditions.
Is your dog prone to being nervous or anxious? This tail-wagging treat can improve the blood flow to their nervous system which helps them to relieve any stress or anxiety that they might be facing.
Bee pollen also improves muscle mass and boosts your dog’s metabolism. It’s anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and contains a natural antibiotic called trans-cinnamic acid. We’ve already mentioned that it can improve your dog’s digestion but in particular, the anti-microbial properties can rid the GI tract of invading pathogens.
Think we’re done buzzing about bee pollen? Not yet! Bee pollen is an alkaline and can balances the pH in your dogs body (giving your dog a healthy urinary tract).
Bee pollen also contains rutin a plant pigment which can support your dog’s cardiovascular system, strengthening blood vessels and capillaries.
Okay, okay, one last one – bee pollen contains more amino acids than fish, eggs and beef. Yep, dogs and bee pollen, bee-long together.
How Do I Add It To My Dog’s Diet?
Dogs only need a small dose of bee pollen. For a 22kg dog the recommended dose is 1 teaspoon per day. Start off by giving them a third of the dose, to make sure your dog isn’t sensitive to it. Then gradually increase to the full dose.
Are You Buzzing About Bee Pollen?
Is this already part of your dog’s diet? Let us know in the comments below. For more information and advice on seasonal allergies, check out this article from Burns Pet Nutrition.