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Bee pollen: A natural treatment for autism?


Environmental products are being explored for their potential in treating neurotoxicity. One of these products is bee pollen. A group of researchers from King Saud University was able to prove that bee pollen could ameliorate neurotoxicity-related causes of autism. Their study, which was published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, made use of in vivo experiments to determine this effect.

  • Postnatal exposure to harmful chemicals can increase the risk for autism since infants are more vulnerable to these toxic substances.
  • One of the chemicals that has been linked to autism is propionic acid, a commonly used food additive derived from propionibacteria.
  • Increased levels of pro-apoptotic markers have been associated with oxidative stress and poor detoxification.
  • Bee pollen exhibits different bioactivities like antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification activities. Additionally, it has also been shown to contain lots of vitamins, flavonoids, and lipids. These phytochemicals are attributed for the bioactivities of bee pollen.
  • In vivo studies regarding the effects of bee pollen were conducted on male western albino rats with propionic acid-induced neurotoxicity.

The results of the study showed that bee pollen has potential in ameliorating etiological factors of autism, including oxidative stress — neuroinflammation, and poor detoxification — since it had anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-apoptotic effects.

Read the full text of the study at this link.

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Journal Reference: 

Al-Salem HS, Bhat RS, Al-Ayadhi L, El-Ansary A. THERAPEUTIC POTENCY OF BEE POLLEN AGAINST BIOCHEMICAL AUTISTIC FEATURES INDUCED THROUGH ACUTE AND SUB-ACUTE NEUROTOXICITY OF ORALLY ADMINISTERED PROPIONIC ACID. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 23 April 2016;16(120). DOI: 10.1186/s12906-016-1099-8



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