Bee pollen’s popularity has created a surge of manufacturers to rise
up to serve the world this natural superfood, and we as consumers have
much more options.
Here’s a ranking of the top bee pollen products
Bee bread (also known as bee pollen) used to be a well-known though
guarded secret for the athletes and sports/fitness enthusiasts, but is
now more and more received and taken by C-level executives, parents,
start-up founders, entrepreneurs, executives, house wives, students and
technicians too, because of the high energy and endurance it gives that
helps with daily life, as well as the far reaching health benefits of
So that’s why, bearing that in mind, I did some research to find
out what’s available in the world today.
This table captures the
research and it’s a scaled rating system from 0 to 100, 0 being really
bad and 100 is perfect.
Anything that’s above 80 is pretty good and
should be expected, and of course, the closer to 100 is always the best.
The best are always 85 and above as well are cGMP-compliant, which
reflects real with best current manufacturing practices.
Nigel, what’s so great or important about cGMP-compliance and how does it matter when it comes to bee pollen supplements?
In essence, being GMP- or cGMP-compliant means that
the product(s) are of high quality.
To be cGMP compliant, there are a
lot of standards, compliance and certifications that the manufacturer
must pass, including ensuring zero contaminants, raw product
cleanliness, that each batch is certified, that every worker has highest
From the table above, about 13 out of 20 aren’t
GMP-compliant, that’s 65%. Most health supplement companies do not want
to comply nor get involved in GMP and meeting the standards set by the
United States Food and Drugs Administration – it’s just too much hassle
and cost time and money…which eats into profits.
And that’s why they may ignore quality.
Interestingly, there was a directive that by 28th June
2010, any companies that want to sell health or wellness products in the
United States MUST BE GMP-COMPLIANT…yet even by end 2011, 65% – 70% of
them are still not compliant (Warren Matthews, An Insider’s View of The
Supplement Manufacturing Process, para 13 – read more about it here).
Basically it means that suppliers, manufacturers and companies has to ensure:
whatever is stated on the label is exactly what is in the contents
(this is not common, because fraud in the supplement world is very
common and the labeling is just “a formality” for many of the fraudulent
companies – some of them add really nasty fillers such as sand to “buff
up” the supplements – YES, nasty stuff)
product doesn’t contain any contaminants, pollutants (again, many do
not comply with this, and sadly, many health supplements including bee
pollen supplements that are non GMP-compliant…contains traces of
contaminants that are detrimental to health)
a guarantee that the product will do what it promises to do ie it
will be assimilated and absorbed into our bodies in X amount of time –
not many companies in the entire world fail at this, and that’s why most
supplements are destroyed in the stomachs rather than being able to
withstand the stomach and reach the duodenum/upper intestine where it
can be fully absorbed and delivered to the entire body
that the product has been manufactured in compliance to the
standards set by US FDA GMP standards in terms of processes and
The USP website states:
The USP Dietary Supplement Verification Program is a voluntary testing
and auditing program that helps dietary supplement manufacturers ensure
the production of quality products for consumers USP works closely with
government agencies, ministries, and regulatory authorities around the
world to help provide standards of identity, quality, purity, and
potency that can help safeguard the global supply of medicines, dietary
supplements, and food ingredients.
USP was established in 1820 to
develop documentary standards of identity, quality, purity and strength
for medicines being created and dispensed in the rapidly growing United
States. Building on this legacy, USP has since expanded its
standards-setting activities to include dietary supplements and food
USP also provides reference materials, carefully measured
chemical and physical samples, for use in tests and methods to measure
conformance to the documentary standards and quality assurance
requirements. USP’s standards are developed and revised under the
leadership of volunteer experts from academia, industry, government, and
other areas of healthcare and science who comprise USP’s Council of
Experts and Expert Committees.
Note that there is a high emphasis on quality of raw ingredients,
manufacturing processes/procedures and accurate labeling – all of which
that make up cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) of very high
and rigorous standards.
Ok, let’s get one thing clear, inasmuch
cGMP-compliance means that the quality of the product is super…but it
doesn’t always mean that the product is good for you.
Bottomline is that bee pollen
supplements need to do/deliver whatever is promises, and that’s why
customer testimonials, experience and re-purchase is very important. If
it doesn’t do what it does, customers wont be happy and definitely wont
re-purchase again. In fact, if it works and they’re happy with it, not
only will they buy it again and again, the happy customers will also
share with others about it online and offline.
Yes, some unscrupulous companies may be so strong in marketing that
they may cheat you once…but if it doesn’t do what it says, or worse,
make your health turn downhill because of poor quality – you WILL
notice, and will never buy it again, and you will tell everyone to not
buy it too.
Other Factors To Bee Pollen Supplement
There are several other factors that we need to take into consideration as well, and they include:
the the product was developed
how the nutrients react
what are the formulation (prefer scientific formulation)
what are the manufacturing processes
how and what are the facilities
are the products fresh?
are the products priced well/value for money
what are customers saying
is there a product or money back guarantee
These factors are very important for you to consider as well.
pollen product that is truly high grade quality includes very high and
pure uncontaminated raw ingredients, superb GMP-compliant facilities,
high manufacturing standards and product management, as well as
historically and happily purchased and used by new and returning
customer – that is the core of what you should be looking at when
looking to buy pollen supplements for health.
The Top Of The List
In the table of rankings above, at the very top is Xtend Life Bee Pollen – it is the bee pollen supplement I take
and is freeze dried and scientifically formulated to also contain
additional synergistic enzymes, amino acids and minerals to enhance the
The pollen is harvested from north-western corner of
south island of New Zealand, a pure and pristine area beside a national
part that is free from industrialization and airborne pollution. Its
nutritional effects will be noticed and I comfortably
personally endorse it.
When you factor in the fact that it is processed
and manufactured in GMP compliant facilities with standards that meet
the FDA’s standards for pharmaceutical-grade quality drugs, it’s even
Basically earning this a nutraceutical status (highest label for
a supplement in terms of quality), and this is not common nor easily
found in the US.
The manufacturer also offers a 365 days money back
guarantee or full product replacement – something the health world don’t
offer today. It’s also less expensive than other supplements while
still maintaining a high level of quality, pharmaceutical quality.
been taking this personally since 2014, and I honestly say this: it has
helped me a lot in my life, giving me all the energy, health and
wellness I need to handle my 5 AM to 10 PM days everyday, young
children, family, manage multiple busy physiotherapy clinics, meetings,
investments, readings etc.
To me, it’s one of my favorite and important
supplements that I take every day. Without fail.
Buy your from a GMP-compliant manufacturing facility that has certificate
of analysis (COA) for every batch produced. This certifies product quality.
As most of the bee pollen supplements and products sold in
the world and US comes from China, most of these honeybee bread batches have actually been shown to be
You need to know the source from
where it is coming from.
So in order to obtain the
healthiest and best bee pollen supplement, please make sure the source
is as pristine as possible with the product being produced at
Facilities that are GMP registered comply with the most rigid standards (pharmaceutical/nutraceutical grade) so as to minimize the possibility of
product contaminants as well as providing the best health benefits.
These are the same standards pharmaceutical companies in the United States are required to operate under as
mandated by the FDA.
Heat processing or heat drying bee pollen burns and kills the sensitive enzymes (and most of the health benefits).
This also prevents the bread from becoming oxidized thus maintaining nutritional
potency. (Remember, with most granules or bread, 95% of its nutritional value isn't
even assimilated and this is why.)
Ideally, make sure the bread benefit or product rather does not contain any fillers or additives such as
sucrose (sugar), starch, gluten, silica (sand) or any other artificial colors, dyes, or flavors.
What Are Bee Pollen Users Saying About Xtend Life’s Pollen Natural Energy?
It’s very important to learn about any health product before you start
using it. While the official websites do contain a host of details about
these products, the best source of information on whether a supplement
works or not would come from the feedbacks of people who had actually
used the product.
I used to feel like I needed a
nap after work and didn't have the energy to get anything done around
the house or take my little girl outside to play. It was making me
depressed and miserable. After the first few days of taking Xtend Life Bee Pollen supplement I all
the sudden realized I wasn't feeling tired and sluggish anymore.
feel jittery or crash at the end of the day. I am still able to fall
asleep at night-I just have the energy I need to make through the whole
I have also lost about 12 lbs in the past month. I don't know if
its the product or just from having more energy and moving more.
4 Stars - The power it helps to gives me is fantastic considering my age
Diana, Australia on Mar 09, 2016
As for the Natural Energy bee
pollen product, when I have to do manual labour in the garden I take
this product the day before, in the middle of the day.
The staying power
it helps to give me is fantastic considering my age (70!).
5 Stars - I will probably never stop taking it!
Doreen on Jan 11, 2017
I have been taking
Xtend Life's Natural Energy Bee Pollen for one year now, and will
probably never stop taking it. It was recommended to me by my doctor to
help with my overall well-being. Strangely, I found this product to
really help me with hot flashes and I think it helps me sleep better at
night as well. I can honestly tell a difference when I miss taking it.
highly recommend Natural Energy Bee Pollen from Xtendlife!! I won't buy
it here in the USA as I don't think the quality is as good.
It is a
definite 5 stars!
Because when I miss taking it (which I do not miss
any doses any more) the hot flashes come back. I do like taking the bee
pollen a lot!
5 Stars - Natural boost
Regina Sandrine on Sep 20, 2017
I have been using this for
the past year. It gives me a boost in natural way. I trust this product
100% for my health and wellness. No side effect. Goodness as gold.
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