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On bee pollen & maca
Jan 31, 2011

Hi Nelson,

Regarding pee pollen & maca, what is your stance on those two? Thank you so much for all the pertinent information you have been providing us.

Response from Mr. Vergel

Neither one is proven to do anything in studies. I would not waste my money on them.

The herb maca (Lepidium meyenii) is another supplement advertised as "herbal Viagra" (it is an attention-getter, isn't it?). In one study of rats, maca enhanced male sexual function. For those of you who aren't rats, there is one published human trial. In this small, 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, use of maca at 1,500 mg or 3,000 mg increased male sexual desire but no data was shown on the quality of erections. The claims that it increases testosterone are not true.

You may hear recommendations for using bee pollen for alcoholism, asthma, allergies, health maintenance, or stomach problems. But before you take any natural product for a health condition, check with your doctor.

Bee pollen is also recommended by some natural health advocates to enhance athletic performance, reduce side effects of chemotherapy, and improve allergies and asthma.

At this point, medical research has not shown that bee pollen is effective for any of these health concerns.

Nelson



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