Pollen is the primary source of protein necessary for bees to complete their growth and development and for the maturation of their salivary glands. Pollen represents the male reproductive unit of flowers, and worker bees inadvertently collect it as they move from flower to flower during honey production, facilitating pollination and the collection of pollen necessary for the nourishment of bees. The collected pollen is stored in the pollen baskets on the back legs of the bee, brought back to the hive, and then moistened with nectar or honey before being deposited into the cells of the honeycomb. Depending on weight, a single bee can carry 15-45 mg of pollen back to the hive. The nutrient composition of pollen varies depending on the region, season, and botanical diversity in which beekeeping is carried out. Pollen naturally contains phenolics and flavonoids, as well as approximately 15-25% protein, 45-60% carbohydrates, 5-10% fatty acids, 10-19% fiber, 3-8% minerals, and 1-3.5% vitamins. In addition, pollen naturally contains iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid, biotin, E, and C, and it is known worldwide as a "complete food." BEE&YOU Pollen is a natural dietary supplement that contains natural vitamin B2, iron, and zinc, which contribute to reducing tiredness and fatigue, and support the normal functioning of the immune system. BEE&YOU Pollen is recommended for children to consume 1-2 teaspoons daily and for adults to take 2-4 teaspoons directly or mixed with milk, fruit juice, or yogurt. In addition to its nutritional value, BEE&YOU Pollen is also a functional ingredient that can improve the quality of products. Pollen can be used as a natural sweetener or flavor enhancer in products such as yogurt, smoothies, and baked goods. It can be eaten directly or mixed with milk, fruit juice, or yogurt. BEE&YOU recommends consuming 1-2 teaspoons of pollen for children and 2-4 teaspoons daily for adults.
- Mărgăoan, R., Stranț, M., Varadi, A., Topal, E., Yücel, B., Cornea-Cipcigan, M., Campos, M. G., & Vodnar, D. C. (2019). Bee Collected Pollen and Bee Bread: Bioactive Constituents and Health Benefits. Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland), 8(12), 568. https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox8120568