Bee pollen is a combination of honey, nectar, and pollen that has been packed into granules by honeybees. It is marketed and available as an unregulated health supplement.

Health considerations

Bee pollen is promoted as a method to reduce allergy severity, improve digestion, and aid the immune system, among other properties. There have been no well conducted studies to confirm these claims. Bee pollen should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, and should be avoided by anyone with pollen or bee allergies.

Keep in mind

Some bee pollen supplements have been found to contain undeclared chemicals. If purchasing, consumers should seek out local apiaries or other verified resources to ensure a pure product.


U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Alternative Spellings and Names

Bee bread, Pollen ball, Ambrosia

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