|Bee pollen consists of plant pollens collected by worker bees combined with plant nectar and bee saliva. Pollen is the male seed of
flowers required for fertilization of a plant. Pollen is produced in the microsporangium (anther of an angiosperm flower or male cone of a coniferous plant). Each pollen grain contains one or two generative cells (the male gametes) and a vegetative cell. The group of three cells is surrounded by a cellulose cell wall and a thick, tough outer wall made of sporopollenin. There are two kinds of pollen. One is carried by the wind (anemophile), while the other (entomophile) must attach itself to insects coming into the flower. The entomophile pollen is heavier and different altogether from the other kind. Plants that produce this type of pollen are dependent on bees for their survival. These pollens are never airborne and are not responsible for seasonal allergies.
Honeybee pollen is rich in vitamins, proteins, enzymes and coenzymes, fatty acids, and carbohydrates that our bodies need. Bee pollen contains basic elements needed by the human body, including essential amino acids with 25% protein, 16 different vitamins, 11 enzymes, 14 fatty acids, 28 minerals and 11 different carbohydrates. It contains very small amounts of many substances considered to be antioxidants, including beta carotene, vitamins C and E, lycopene, selenium, and flavonoids. Bee pollen is excellent for increasing strength, endurance, and energy. It helps to speed recovery after rigorous exercising and other forms of physical stress and maintain vigorous good health. Bee pollen may strengthen the immune system through its antioxidant properties. It helps muscles recover more quickly from exercise and to increase mental stamina.