Pollen is the masculine fertilizing cell of plants and is collected from flowers. The bees enrich it with other ingredients and it therefore possesses properties it did not initially have. It is the protein-enriched food of bees who consume large quantities in order to produce royal jelly and the nutrition of their spawn.
Bee pollen contains all the known vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, essential proteins, amino acids, enzymes and coenzymes and hormones known to man and needed to sustain life.
It is rich in minerals and vitamins, including calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamins A, B6, C, D, E and K, and including 12 different unsaturated fatty acids. It also contains biotin, an important vitamin for the skin, hair and nails. Plus, it provides protein, essential oils, essential amino acids, flavonoids and carotenoids, which are important for the synthesis of vitamin A in the body. Because of its B vitamin complex, bee pollen is often taken for increasing energy, vitality, bolster immune function, and for detoxifying the body. Athletes often use bee pollen for endurance, strength, stamina, and mental clarity. There have also been some studies that show it may help in alleviating allergies.
Bee pollen has been used to combat stress, enhance the immune system, improve physical and mental performance and evidence suggests it may have anti-aging effects. It also restores appetite, and has been used for acne and for athlete’s foot. Bee pollen also has been known to treat anaemia, general weakness, constipation and liver disorders. It can be taken as a fat loss supplement as it contains a substance called lecithin that flushes fat from the body and stimulates the metabolism to burn calories more quickly. There have been many reports, articles and books that have been written suggesting that the bee pollen benefits extend to being able to slow down the aging process and its ability to effectively lowering cholesterol levels.
In general, it helps the body to function well and therefore contributes to longevity.