Maybe you’re not a fan of bees, but don’t be too fast to reject their pollen. Health experts have some reasons why, they note, bee pollen can be a good thing. While it can cause severe allergic reasons for some, for most people, the pollen of a bee is chalk full of nutrients and vitamins.
What exactly is bee pollen anyway? Well, its a mixture of pollen, saliva and nectar or honey in the shape of a small ball that they carry back to the hive on their legs. Once there, the bees store these small balls in the honeycomb. The balls ferment into a food that feeds the colony.
For human consumption, bee keepers collect the balls from the bees with a thick comb at the hive entrance. When the bees arrive and pass through it, the balls of pollen fall off their legs and into a bin. Noticing they have lost their ball of pollen, the bees will go out for more. The actual pollen is what they collect when they land on a flower.
What are some of the health benefits of bee pollen? Researchers report that bee pollen can help as a mild anti-inflammatory. Unfortunately as with most bee pollen studies, animals were tested and not humans. One thing most health professionals agree on is that bee pollen is high in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, antioxidents and amino acids depending on the plant from which the pollen was taken.
But again, there are no well-established studies that prove any true health benefits for humans.
Bee pollen is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, nor should it be consumed by people with pollen allergies.