Bee pollen provides those chemical substances from which are used to create glands, muscles, hair and vital organs. In addition, it also furnishes those essential materials that are necessary for the repair of any worn-out cells or tissues.
Bee pollen doesn’t have a specific composition, since it depends on many factors such as the source of the pollen, the individual hive and the time of year. Simple sugars such as fructose and glucose typically comprise 40 to 60 percent of bee pollen by weight. Bee pollen is the primary source of protein for the adult members of the hive, and its protein content may be as high as 60 percent. Fatty acids may comprise up to 32 percent of bee pollen, and it also consists of about three percent vitamins and minerals.
Bee pollen is rich with flavonoids; compounds with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids are known to significantly inhibit the allergic response as it interferes with the release of histamine.
Bee pollen is what is produced by flowers and flowering fruit trees; different than wind-born pollen often responsible for allergies. Bee pollen is much heavier and resembles the consistency of sticky-tack. Bee pollen rarely causes allergic reactions but those with bee sting allergies are cautioned to start with only a few grains of pollen at a time.