Bee Pollen is collected by the honeybee (Apis millifera) from many different kinds of plants. Apis millifera, harvested bee pollen is one of oldest known dietary supplements. The early Egyptians and ancient Chinese used bee pollen as a rejuvenating tonic. It has been called a "fountain of youth" and the "ambrosia of the gods." Bee pollen is rich in vitamins, especially the B vitamins, and contains small amounts of minerals, amino acids and enzymes. The exact nutritional content will vary depending on the species of plant from which the pollen was collected. Bee pollen is composed of approximately 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein, 3% minerals and vitamins, 2% fatty acids, and 5% other substances. It contains antioxidants including flavonoids, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, lycopene and selenium. Very little scientific research has been done on the therapeutic value of bee pollen, yet anecdotal and traditional uses have supported its use over a long period of time.
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