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Bee Pollen is believed to contains the richest known source of vitamins, minerals, proteins amino acids, hormones, enzymes and fats, as well as significant quantities of natural antibiotics. Most of the known vitamins in pollen exist in perfect proportion, which further enhances their value.
B-Complex vitamins are found in one gram (1,000 milligrams) of fresh raw pollen:
B1 (thiamine) 9.2 mg.
B2 (riboflavin) 18.5 mg.
B6 (pyridoxine) 5.0 mg.
Nicotinic acid 200.0 mg.
Pantothenic acid 27.6 mg.
Folic acid 5.0 mg.
One gram of fresh raw pollen contains from 7 to 15 mg. of vitamin C, along with traces of vitamin E (tocopherol).
Various other vitamins found in pollen include B5, B12, D, biotin, inositol and PABA.
Protein content in bee pollen
The protein content of pollen (including certain peptones and gloculins)
ranges from 10 to 35 percent (according to its plant origin), with a mean
average of 20 percent. Forty to fifty percent of this may be in the form of
free amino acids. All pollens contain the exact same number of 22 amino
acids, yet different species produce varying amounts. The amino acids found in whole dry pollen fluctuate between 10 and 13 percent (26.88% protein or albuminous substances). This equals from 5 to 7 times the amino acids found in equal weights of beef, milk, eggs or cheese.
The quantitative analysis of amino acids (per 100 parts of dry matter)
is as follows:
These are the amino acids that are most indispensable in our daily diet, and which cannot be manufactured or synthesized in our system. They are also derived from natural sources in a usable form. Approximately 35 grams of pollen each day will supply all the body's protein requirements. However, only 25 grams of pollen ingested daily will sustain a person in terms of providing sufficient amounts of each of the essential amino acids.
The albuminous substances in bee pollen consist of albumine, globuline, guanine, hypoxanthine, lecithin, nusleine, peptone, vernine and xanthine.
The body will more effectively utilize the protein in food if there is a larger
selection of amino acids available.
Bee pollen contains from 10 to 15 percent natural sugars, including fructose, glucose, pentose, raffinose, stachyose and sucrose. These are essentially the same simple natural sugars that are found in honey, and which exist in easily-digested chains and bonds. Many are converted to a predigested form by the enzymatic action of the bee's salivary glands.
The total content of natural sugars in pollen range from 30 to 40 percent; glucose, from 25 to 48 percent; reducing sugars, from 7.5 to 40 percent; and non-reducing sugars, from 0.1
to 19 percent. The non-reducing sugars in the bee-collected pollen average 2.7 percent while the reducing sugars range from 18 to 41
percent, with a mean average of 25 percent. However, the values for both
reducing and non-reducing sugars in hand-collected pollen may be approximately the reverse of this. In hand-collected pollen, reducing sugars range from 0 to 7.5 percent and non-reducing sugars may be as much as 22 percent.
Mineral content of bee pollen is as follows:
Calcium 1 to 15% of ash (1 to 0.5% average)
Chlorine 1% of ash
Copper.05 to .08% of ash
Iron .01 to .3% of ash (.07% average)
Magnesium 1 to 12% of ash (6.7% average)
Manganese 1.4% of ash
Phosphorus 1 to 20% of ash (13.6% average)
Potassium 20 to 45% of ash (20.7% average)
Silicon 2 to 10% of ash
Sulfur 1% of ash
The total mineral ash in pollen may vary from 1 to 7 percent (with a mean average of 2.7 percent), which is similar to that of grains and certain seeds.
Bee pollen contains up to 59 different trace minerals, and all minerals found in pollen are present in a highly digestible form.
The ingestion of pollen on a regular basis for a healthy person will usually accomplish the following:
1. Protect against any insufficiencies in vitamins, minerals and amino acids --- especially during pregnancy, lactation, and intensive physical or mental work.
2. Permit achievement of optimal physical and intellectual output.
3. Provide greater reinforcement to the body during its resistance towards any external aggression.
4. Forestall any internal metabolic disorders that eventually generate various disease-conditions.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.