It comes from the pollen that collects on the bodies of bees. Worker bees have brought back pollen to the hives and made it into small balls or pellets with the help of nectar and bee salivary secretions. It is then packed into the hive cells for later use as food.
Bee pollen purportedly has many nutritional benefits and is often used as a dietary and nutritional supplement. It is made up of 40 percent protein, B vitamins, and folic acid. With a texture that's a bit crunchy like a chia seed, some people like to add a spoonful of it to their oatmeal, yogurt, and smoothies, while other people take it as a supplement or capsule.
Bee pollen is not safe for those allergic to bees and bee stings, and for pregnant women, and those who are breastfeeding.
Bee pollen has been touted as a cure-all for everything from allergies to other health conditions.