Bee Pollen and Gray Hair

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Can color be restored to hair once it has turned gray? Some say color can be restored by using natural remedies at home, such as bee pollen. Depending on who you ask, you will get different opinions about the efficacy of bee pollen bringing color back to hair that has lost its pigment.

Natural Remedies to Restore Color

There is no scientific evidence that natural supplements (such as bee pollen) can restore color to hair that has turned gray. However, many people claim they can stop gray hair simply by using remedies they use at home. There are many ideas floating around on how to reverse gray hair without using dyes or other salon products.

One of the most popular remedies to reverse gray is taking bee pollen. Although there is no science to back up that this remedy works, there are products available to take and try. If you ask your hair care professional, she will most likely say that the claims are false and that once hair has turned gray, there is nothing to do to reverse the process other than covering it up with hair dye.

At the other end of the spectrum, Earth Clinic states that bee pollen is able to reverse the graying process, and many readers on these websites write in to say that it has worked for them in the past as well.

Bee Pollen Products

Bee pollen is known as a super food since it is high in both protein and carbohydrates. It contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals as well. If you want to try bee pollen on your graying hair, you can try this super food in the following formats:

  • Powder
  • Tablets
  • Capsules
  • Creams

Some products to check out include:

  • Lifesource Bee Pollen comes in 500 mg capsule form. A bottle contains 100 capsules and costs $6.99.
  • Vitamin World features several versions of bee pollen supplements including:
    • Bee Pollen Complex in 1000 mg tablets. A bottle of 100 is priced at $6.49.
    • Bee Pollen Granules are a powder form and come in a 10 ounce container that is priced around $10.
  • Herbal Extracts Plus Bee Pollen comes in both capsule and powder form. Both contain pure bee pollen and no fillers. Depending on size and form, products are priced anywhere from $9-$60.

In addition, most health food or vitamin stores carry products containing bee pollen.

Benefits of Bee Pollen

There are many benefits of bee pollen in addition to the claims that it can reverse graying in hair. Bee pollen can be used by seniors to increase stamina and alertness, strengthen the immune system and to relieve allergies. In addition, it has both anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.

Seniors who are concerned about a diminishing sex drive may find bee pollen helpful in reviving libido.

Possible Side Effects and Safety Concerns

Like with any supplement, it is always important to tell your health care provider about anything you plan on taking. There are no known interactions with bee pollen and other medications. Those with allergies to pollen should be aware that allergic reactions may present themselves with the supplement form. Some possible side effects of bee pollen include:

  • Flushed skin
  • Headache
  • Wheezing
  • Hives
  • Itchy throat

Those with serious allergies to pollen may experience anaphylactic shock and will require immediate assistance.

Fact or Fiction?

Since there is no concrete evidence to support the claims that bee pollen can restore color to hair, no product guarantees results in terms of hair color. Despite the absence of a guaranteed result, bee pollen has many beneficial properties that may appeal to seniors as well as to people of all ages, and many people attest to the efficacy of reversing graying. As long as your doctor has determined you don't have an allergy or some other reason to avoid bee pollen, this may be a route to pursue for restoring color to hair that has grayed.

Bee Pollen and Gray Hair