The high nutritional value of bee pollen is why humans are interested in it. Often referred to as nature’s most complete food, bee pollen is a powerful and easily absorbed source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and protein. In fact, it contains a higher percentage of all nutrients necessary for human survival -- with exception of vitamin D -- than any other food. It has more amino acids and vitamins than beef, eggs, or cheese. In addition to serving as a dietary supplement, bee pollen supports the immune system and is a strong antioxidant.
Here’s the chemical breakdown:
- 30 percent digestible carbohydrates
- 26 percent sugars (mainly fructose and glucose)
- 23 percent protein (including at least 18 amino acids)
- 5 percent lipids (including essential fatty acids)
- 2 percent phenolic compounds (including flavonoids)
- 1.6 percent minerals (including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, silicon and selenium)
- 0.7 percent vitamins and acids (including vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, A, C, D, E and K; folic acid; rutin and niacin)
Want to give it a try?
Start small with half a teaspoon and work your way up to 2-5 teaspoons per day. Sprinkle it on oatmeal, toast with honey, salads, or even ice cream. Bee pollen dissolves easily, so it’s great mixed into smoothies, yogurt, or cottage cheese.
The texture can be described as powdery, grainy, or chewy with a slight crunch. The flavor will vary depending on its source, but in general bee pollen tends to have a slightly sweet, floral, earthy taste. One teaspoon of pollen contains 15.7 calories, 2.2 grams of carbohydrates, 1.2 grams of protein, and 0.3 grams of fat. To maintain freshness and nutritional value, refrigerate after opening.
WARNING: Bee products may cause allergic reactions in some people, including shortness of breath, hives, swelling, and anaphylaxis. Check with your doctor before taking bee pollen for any health condition, especially if you take any prescription or over-the-counter medications, or herbal supplements.