B-12 Deficiency

by Mima
(Irvine, California, USA)

My Vitamin B-12 is 150 which my doctor says is too low. She wants to start me on Vit. B-12 shots. I want to avoid shots and take Bee Polen and Royal Jelly. How much of both products would give me the equivalent of 1,000 mcg of B-12 weekly?

Hi Mima,
It is very difficult to say exactly as each batch of bee pollen will contain different amounts due to the time of year, the flowers the bees visited and the geographic location. As a result, we don't have our bee pollen analysed for this.

I would recommend consuming a tablespoon of bee pollen daily along with a B12 supplement that is in sublingual form (meaning it dissolved under the tongue). This will ensure that you correct your B12 deficiency. Keep in mind that B12 is water soluble so if you over consume it, your body will excrete the excess through your urine.

Bee healthy,

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Apr 09, 2015
B12 in bee pollen
by: Andrea

I read that bee pollen doesn't contain B12-- only the other b vitamins. How do we know for sure?

The only way to know for sure Andrea is to find a bee pollen that has had a very recent nutritional analysis done on it. Keep in mind that each harvest of pollen changes in nutrient levels.


Aug 20, 2012
B-12 Deficiency
by: Mima

Thank you for your reply. What I was seeking is an answer that would provide the equivalent factor that could raise my levels to normal. the amount my doctor prescribes is 1000 mcg of synthetic B-12. I was told that this amount is equivalent to 2 1/2 tablespoons of Bee Pollen. Doctor wants to give the synthetic B-12 in the form of injection once a week for 4 weeks and then 1 X per month. Doesn't seem to me that the frequency is correct as you well mentioned B's are needed every day and are soluble. Please let me know what the Bee's say.

Angela's comments:

One would only be guessing as to how much bee pollen you'll have to ingest in order to obtain the 1000 mcg's of B12. Because of the huge variant's in nutrient content from virtually all bee pollen products, it is impossible to say.
Anyone who states that a specific amount of bee pollen will yield an exact amount of a particular vitamin or mineral WITHOUT testing that exact product you are ingesting is guessing.

What I would recommend is starting with the 2 and a half tablespoons and then having your levels checked again in 3 months. This is the only way to truly know if there is B12 in the pollen you are taking and if there is enough in the product to boost your levels.

Bee healthy,

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