Bee Pollen: Chemical Composition and Potential Beneficial Effects on Health
Raquel P. F. Guine.
Since long ago, bee pollen has gained reputation as an important source of energy and
beneficial substances from the nutritional and health points of view. However, in the recent years this
natural product has gained much interest, either from the scientific community, increasing the number
of works about it, or from the general population, that buy it as natural functional food. This review
intends on one hand to focus on the chemical composition of the bee pollen, since it is the chemical
components that provide it with beneficial properties. On the other hand, it also addresses the health
effects of this product, by referring the different studies that have been done and published this theme.
From the information found on the literature it was possible to depict some of the most investigated
effects of bee pollen, such as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimutagenic activities.
Keywords: Bee pollen, Apis meliffera, phenolic compounds, fatty acids, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.
Rights & PermissionsPrintExport