Swedish pollen extract
This information describes the common uses of Pollen Extract, how it works, and its possible side effects.

Common Name

Swedish pollen extract, Swedish flower pollen, Flower pollen extract, Purified pollen extract

How It Works

Pollen extract may be helpful in reducing menopausal symptoms, but studies in cancer patients are needed to confirm safety and effectiveness.

Pollen extract is an ingredient in a standard Swedish formula made from the pollen and pistils of grasses that are members of the Poaceae family. A few studies suggest that pollen extract may be helpful in relieving both premenstrual and menopausal symptoms. Although the mechanism by which this may occur is not well understood, pollen extract appears not to have hormonal effects. Therefore, it may be useful for breast cancer patients experiencing hot flashes. However, studies in cancer populations are needed to ensure safety, effectiveness, and to confirm that it does not negatively interact with chemotherapy drugs.

Purported Uses

  • To relieve symptoms of menopause
    Some studies suggest that pollen extract may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes and improve quality of life in menopausal women, but studies that confirm safety and effectiveness in cancer patients are needed.
  • To relieve premenstrual symptoms
    Some studies suggest that pollen extract may reduce premenstrual sleep disturbances.

Side Effects

Among the few studies conducted, there were no side effects that appeared to be related to pollen extract.

Special Point

Pollen extract should not be confused with propolis, which is pollen harvested by bees from many different plant families, and may also include other substances such as beeswax.