5 Interesting Nutrition Facts About Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen Interesting Nutrition Facts

Bee Pollen has a long traditional history of being used as valuable food supplement and for its medicinal properties.

Ancient Egyptian texts portray pollen as “a life-giving dust”.

Bee Pollen is a mixture of flower pollen with honeybee secretions and nectar.

Rightly considered a “functional food” or “superfood” due to its impressive nutritive content, which boasts over 250 substances including amino acids, carbohydrates, fiber, lipids (triglycerides, phospholipids), vitamins, macro- and micronutrients, and flavonoids.

We are huge proponents of Apitherapeutic products for supporting health here at Evidence-Based Health such as Bee Pollen, Bee Bread, Honey, Propolis and Royal Jelly.

Modern clinical research has demonstrated that Bee Pollen may possess numerous biological activities including anti-viral effect, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial/anti-fungal, hepatoprotective, anti-cancer and immune stimulating properties, amongst many others such as hypolipidemic activity.

In this article we are going to look at five interesting nutrition facts about Bee Pollen.

1. Good Source Of Amino Acids

Bee Pollen is a great plant based source of amino acids and contains around 1.2g of protein per tablespoon.

Pollen contains 22,7% of protein on average, including 10,4% of essential amino acids such as methionine, lysine, threonine, histidine, leucine, isoleucine, valine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan. [1]

2. Packed With B-Complex Vitamins

Bee Pollen is packed with B-complex Vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, folic acid) and in particular is an excellent source of Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid).

The high content of B-complex Vitamins has made Bee Pollen a popular choice of food supplement for athletes looking to naturally boost energy levels and aid recovery.

Herbalists and naturopaths often recommend Pollen to nourish and support the adrenal glands, endocrine and nervous system.  Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is one of the most important nutrients for the adrenal glands.

Bee Pollen is also a potential source of other essential Vitamins such as provitamin A, Vitamins C, D and E.

3. Phyto-Chemicals (Flavonoids)

Bee Pollen has been shown to be a considerable dietary source of polyphenols, mainly flavonoids, quercetin, rutin, catechins, chlorogenic acid and other phenolic compounds.

The diverse phyto-chemical content of Pollen is likely where it partially derives many of its potential health benefits such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-cancer, immuno-modulating, cardiovascular support and other therapeutic properties.

4. Minerals & Trace Elements

Bee Pollen contains a range of minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as the micro-elements zinc, copper, manganese, iron, and selenium.

5. Bee Pollen Is A “Complete Food”

Bee Pollen is often referred to as a “complete food” due to containing the vast majority of the essential macro and micro-nutrients the human body requires from diet.

As a source of energy, carbohydrates exist in bee pollen at 30.8%, containing reducing sugars like glucose and fructose.

About 5.1% of lipids are found in bee pollen as essential fatty acids like archaic, linoleic, and γ-linoleic acids, phospholipids, and phytosterols (in particular β-sitosterol).

Nucleic acids, particularly ribonucleic acid, are present in considerable amounts. [2]


[1] Bee Pollen: Chemical Composition and Therapeutic Application

[2] Bee Pollen: Current Status and Therapeutic Potential

The information in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and should not be used to diagnose, cure or treat any disease, implied or otherwise.

Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any significant dietary or lifestyle changes including supplements and herbs.

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