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    Ex-admin Korn's Avatar
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    Default B12 in pollen not collected by bees?

    Pollen is known for being very rich in nutrients.

    Several companies sell pollen products that is not collected by bees. Graminex is one of them. I have been in touch with them, and have received an analysis document for their pollen product stating that it actually contains B12 (but not how much). It wouldn't be surprising if pollen actually contains B12, since pollen collected by bees does.

    The amount of B12 we need is on a microgram level. One could think that inhaling pollen wouldn't have any effect on the body (in terms of B12), but people with allergies know for sure that inhaling pollen can have a strong effect on the body - so why wouldn't inhaling pollen possibly have a positive effect on the body too? Various studies show that animals/people living in natural surroundings develop B12 deficiency when they move to more 'civilized' and 'clean' areas - maybe lack of access to pollen has to do with it....

    The problem with using commercial nasal B12 supplements (gel or spray) is the risk for side effects. Look here:
    BRAND NAME(S): Nascobal
    USES: This medication is used to treat vitamin B12 shortage. This product should not be used to test vitamin B12 absorption (Schilling test).

    HOW TO USE: This medication is usually used once a week in the nose or as directed by your doctor. Use this medicine at least one hour before or after hot food or drink. Learn the proper way to use this from your pharmacist or doctor and follow all instructions carefully. Certain conditions may require lifelong use of this drug. Treatment is usually postponed when nasal congestion, common cold or allergies are present.

    SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, nausea, dizziness or nasal congestion may occur. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Though very unlikely to occur, notify your doctor if you develop any of the following: muscle cramps or weakness, leg or arm swelling or pain, tingling of the hands or feet. In the unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
    ..or here:

    B-12 Resin
    This page contains drug information on B-12 Resin.
    The information provided includes the following:
    what is B-12 Resin
    the possible side effects of B-12 Resin
    what happens if you miss a dose of B-12 Resin
    what happens if you overdose with B-12 Resin
    the most important information about B-12 Resin
    how to use B-12 Resin
    other drugs that may affect B-12 Resin
    what to avoid while using B-12 Resin
    What are the possible side effects of cyanocobalamin?

    • If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking cyanocobalamin and seek emergency medical attention:
    an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
    chest pain or difficulty breathing; or
    unusual warmth, redness, or pain in an arm or leg.
    • Other less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take cyanocobalamin and talk to your doctor if you experience
    upset stomach or diarrhea;
    numbness or tingling;
    felling of swelling of entire body; or
    itching or rash.
    • Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
    So, too much of this stuff through the nose isn't good. But that shouldn't be a problem with getting B12 (cobalamin) from pollen through inhaling fresh, air or by using (eating) pollen products based on pollen not collected by bees...

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    Default Re: B12 in pollen not collected by bees?

    Here's a somehow related study, showing that humans are capable of absorbing B12 by inhalation:
    Vitamin B12 Absorption by Inhalation
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