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Is bee pollen really healthy?
Asked by mdstall on Jun 10, 2009
in Alternative & Integrative Nutrition
Bee pollen is plant pollen carried to the hive by worker bees, where it is mixed with plant nectar and bee saliva. Bee pollen is a highly nutritious food, but its nutrients can be obtained from other foods as well. The natural bacteria and fungi in bee pollen may strengthen the immune system and confer other health benefits, although those effects have not been reliably verified by clinical data. Still, bee pollen continues to be used in the practice of traditional naturopathic medicine as explained in this article about bee pollen from the Guide to Alternative Medicine at About.com. When buying bee pollen, look for brands that are harvested in unpolluted areas.