Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol, Published Online: January 16, 2015
Bee-gathered pollen is increasingly consumed around the world because of its purported nutritive and therapeutic values. Although rare, ingested pollens can induce severe adverse reactions, particularly in allergic individuals. These risks are exacerbated by the fact that products sold as “bee pollen” are made up of variable content, making them difficult to characterize and standardize. Until recently, several case reports reviewed by Jagdis and Sussman have described anaphylactic reactions after ingesting bee pollen supplements.