A growing number of women on TikTok are claiming that bee pollen is increasing the size of their girlies.
It all started when influencer Taylor Reynolds took to TikTok to ask other women if bee pollen made their breasts bigger. "Do any of my hormone girlies know if bee pollen makes your [boobs] bigger?" she asks her followers.
According to Reynolds, she experienced growth after eating bee pollen for months, and advised her sister to do the same – and her breasts also increased in size. The TikToker's roommate apparently had the same results. Her curiosity led to other women stating that bee pollen affected their bodies in a similar way. One of the comments under her video reads, "I have bee pollen in my yogurt every morning and same thing!!! Like WAY bigger."
This week, Reynolds posted a before and after of her body to show how much her chest has grown. The first and second photos she shares are from March, followed by a more recent picture taken this week.
Reynolds' videos were incredibly influential, prompting other women to try out the bee pollen craze themselves and show off their results. A girl named Camila Elle (@camilaelle) posted her findings on the platform, stating that "Pollen makes your girls bigger."
The TikToker states that she had been taking bee pollen for months and can "testify" to this. "I've been eating this almost, like, every day. I just put a spoonful on top of my yogurt, on top of smoothies, overnight oats. I just put it on everything," she explains. Elle adds that she bought it to boost her immune system after hearing it had anti-inflammatory properties.
"But turns out I've been making my girls grow as well," she alleges.
Elly (@elly_bear) on TikTok adds that her girlies also got larger after taking bee pollen, but that they actually decreased in size after she stopped supplementing with it.
Does Bee Pollen Actually Make Your Boobs Bigger?
Okay, so far all of these videos seem convincing – but what does science have to say about all of this? The short answer is that there are no studies on this topic yet, but it is possible that bee pollen could lead to a bigger cup size. Here’s how.
Bee pollen is rich in phytoestrogen, according to licensed naturopathic doctor Lisa Jung. This substance is found in certain plants and mimics estrogen, a group of hormones that play an important role in our sexual and reproductive health. Estrogen, when taken in high doses, can increase breast size by stimulating the breast tissue. It also causes the typical fat distribution in women's bottoms, breasts, and thighs.
"One example of the body areas that have these estrogen receptors are the breast tissues, and that may be why some women have been noticing their breast growth with bee pollen consumption,” Jung said. She adds that bee pollen can be "beneficial for PMS, hormonal migraines and acne, excess estrogen in the body, and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes.”
However, it's important to note that bee pollen isn't guaranteed to make your breasts bigger. “Breast size and development are dependent on multiple factors, including genetics, hormones, and fat distribution,” Dr. Sydne Ford, a board-certified physician tells HuffPost. “There are no guaranteed methods for increasing breast size naturally. However, exercise and a balanced diet rich in phytoestrogens can help maintain optimal hormone levels.”
How To Supplement with Bee Pollen
You’re probably going to head to the store this week to go buy some bee pollen. While the supplement isn’t considered a hazard, there have been some reports of people having allergic reactions to it. According to Elisabeth Anderson, Director of Science Communication at MSU, and toxicologist Joe Zagorski, Ph.D., bee pollen is safe "for most individuals" in "regular quantities."
"However, there are some risk factors to consider when sourcing and before consuming bee pollen," they wrote. "There is potential contamination in bee pollen, including heavy metals, mycotoxin-producing molds, bacteria, and more. The most significant concern is around mycotoxin-producing molds and bacteria, which can cause adverse health outcomes. It's important to know the source of any bee pollen you choose to consume to ensure it's adequately vetted for any potentially harmful contaminants."
They added, "Additionally, individuals with allergies to bee stings or severe allergies to pollen and pregnant or nursing individuals and young children under the age of two should avoid consuming bee pollen or consult with a state-licensed medical professional before using it."
With all of this being said, it’s important to take it light and slow in the beginning. Don’t overdo it – that’s what I did, and I regretted it. Several sources on Google state that it’s okay to take anywhere from ¼ teaspoon to three tablespoons. I started with one tablespoon, and I felt nauseous afterward. I found that my sweet spot was a teaspoon a day, and I’ve stuck to that ever since.
You can add bee pollen to your yogurt bowls, oatmeal, cereals, salads, and smoothies. Remember that you're not guaranteed an extra cup size, so just enjoy its many benefits, including bee pollen's anti-inflammatory properties, its ability to improve liver function, boost immune system, and ease menopausal symptoms.
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