Bee pollen is collected on the legs of honey bees as they pollinate flowers.
They then combine this with their own secretions that they use as a major food source.
The bee pollen granules are extremely high in protein, vitamins and minerals. In fact,
bee pollen is so rich in nutrients that it has been found to be a great dietary
supplement that has been shown to boost the immune system, lower cholesterol and in some
cases fight allergies.
Bee Pollen Nutrition
15-25% Amino Acids, Up to 40% Carbohydrates, 5% Fatty Oils, Up to 35% protein
Contains Vitamins like: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 B12, C, D, E, Folic Acid & Ruitn
Contains Minerals like: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Phosphorous, Potassium
14 beneficial fatty acids
18 protein/amino acids
The content of nutritional elements in bee pollen varies according to the type of pollen
and the soil in which the plant is grown. The chemical composition of pollen has been
studied in depth. The website www.sci.fi/~apither/bibbase/polcomp.html contains over 70
studies. Pollens generally contain approximately: Vitamins and Minerals (1-7%), amino
acids (15-25%), fats and oils (5%), protein (up to 35%), water (2%-18%), and carbohydrates
(up to 40%). Bee Pollen contains at least 16 vitamins (including A, B1,2,3,5,6 & 12,C,D,E
Folic Acid and Ruitn), 28 minerals (including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron,
copper, magnesium, maganese and selenium), 18 enzymes/coenzymes (such as amylase,
diastase, saccharase, pectase, phosphatase, catalase, disphorase, cozymase, cyochrome
systems, lactic dehydrogenase, and pepsin), 18 protein/amino acids (including arginine,
histidine, isoleucine, leucine,phenylaline and glutamic acid), 11 carbohydrates, 14
beneficial fatty acids (Caproic, Caprylic, Capric, Lauric, Myristic, Palmitic, Palmitoleic,
Uncowa, Stearic, Oleic, Linoleic), and 28 other micronutrients ( including flavonoids,
nucleic acids and human growth hormone factor). Justin O. Schmidt completed an extensive
study at the USDA-Agricultural Research Center which showed the impressive nutrition that
bee pollen can contain. The study found that the pollen had more protein then beef, per
serving. The pollen also had more potassium, calcium, iron Vitamin A, niacin, thaimin, and
riboflavin then beef, chicken, beans, cabbage, bread or apples. Mr. Schmidt states "(t)he
overall conclusion is that pollen is a food source par excellence that is probably not
exceeded by any other food." He concluded bee pollen is "an excellent food supplement which
can enhance the health and well-being of individuals, especially those who otherwise might
have an unbalanced diet." References: "The Chemical Composition and Nutritional Value of
Pollens Collected by Bees" by Ea~ Vivino and L.S.Palmer of University of Minnesota (Division
of Agricultural Biochemistry.); Bee Pollen, Nature's Miracle Health Food. Bee Products, Plenum
Press: New York. 1996,Justin O. Schmidt,Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS, www.gears.tucson.
ars.ag.gov/home/schmidt/jsbprod2.htm; Linda Lyngheim and Jack Scagnetti, Bee Pollen- Nature's Miracle
Health Food; Dr. Hero Gali, Curese con Miel de Abeja, Jalea Real y Polen (Cure Yourself with Bee
Honey, Royal Jelly and Pollen), (Gomez Gomez, Hnos. Editores, S. de R.L.); Dr. Walter F. Morales,
(Argentina PROAPI Medical Assesor, in Spanish) Scientific Evidence of the Propolis from the Punto
de Vista Dr., www.inta.gov.ar/apinet/congreso/c03.pdf.
In 1992, Dr. R. Chandra from the John Hopkins University tested the supplementation of moderate amounts
of Bee Pollen for the elderly and noted an increase in their immunity and a decrease in the risk
of infections. He also demonstrated a direct link between the level of Iron, Zinc, B6 and Beta Carotene
with a strong immune system (components commonly found in bee pollen). Dr. Waler F. Morales reports
that pollen contains fitoesterols and polyunsaturated fatty acids that stimulate the metabolism of
cholesterol which reduces the level of LDL cholesterol and benefits those who do not have a balanced diet.
The USDA Agricultural Research Center study by Justin O. Schmidt noted that bee pollen has "many
beneficial applications for human use. Bee pollen has been successfully used for treatment of some
cases of benign prostatitis and for oral desensitization of children who have pollen allergy." It is
no secret that balanced nutrition can be a significant force to protect humans from various diseases.
The American Dietetic Association reiterates this fact in their publication Journal American Diet Assoc.
1998, titled, "The role of nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention programs -- Position of ADA",
J.F. Guthrie, B.M. Derby, and A.S. Levy ( Consumer Sudies Branch, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,FDA)
study "What People Know and Do Not Know About Nutrition" makes it abundantly clear there is a connection between
diet and the prevention of disease". Considering various bee pollens that are properly harvested, processed
and stored contain many nutiritive components, bee pollen could be a viable dietary supplement that fills the
gaps of an individual's diet. This possibly could enable one to have a balance in their diet and be more resistant
to disease. References: C. Leigh Broadhurst Phd., Health and Healing with Bee Products; Linda Lyngheim & Jack Scagnetti,
Bee Pollen, Nature's Miracle Health Food; BeeProducts, Plenum Press: New York. 1996,Justin O. Schmidt,Carl Hayden
Bee Research Center, USDA-ARS (see above for website); www.ers.usda.gov/publications/aib750/aib750m.pdf ; Dr. Walter F.
orales,(Argentina PROAPI Medical Assesor, in Spanish) Scientific Evidence of the Propolis from the Punto de Vista Dr.
Dried at low temperature (90 to 95 F). Moisture content less then 8%
Storing & Care
Dried pollen can be kept at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight. Undried pollen needs to be kept refrigerated or frozen.
This information is not approved by the FDA nor is it intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained from a medical professional. Bee products can cause allergic reactions.