Bee pollen is a mixture of pollen from plants, bee saliva, and nectar that bees use to feed the colony. Bee pollen contains roughly 250 compounds that serve to provide important nutrients to the colony.
This bee superfood -- packed with vitamins B, C, and E as well as trace minerals, phytochemicals, and lipids -- has incredible nutritive and digestive benefits for humans, too. It also provides essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins.
A range of studies have demonstrated the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulation, and pain-mediating effects of bee pollen. Antioxidants help protect the body's cells from oxidative damage caused by harmful free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
It has more recently also been shown to dramatically enhance the growth of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium animalis, Lactobacillus casei, and Bifidobacterium animalis spp. lactis – all of which are important bacteria in our gut for assistance in immune health, digestion of carbohydrates, and prevention of infection.