Bee pollen nutrients vary depending on where the bees live and the types of flowers in their area. This article looks at the typical nutrient breakdown. Just keep in mind that some of the supplements on the market may be more or less nutritious.
Evaluations of different varieties have been down over the years. On the average, the granules are about 55% carbohydrates, 35% protein and 2% fatty acids. That leaves 7%.
The carbohydrates may be honey or nectar. The bits of pollen gathered by the bees are packed in honey or nectar. Part of the missing 7% is probably water.
Honey contains very little water, because the nectar is dehydrated in the hive. The nectar water content, on the other hand, is relatively high. Natural yeasts are also present in the nectar. The bees do a lot of work dehydrating the nectar to prevent the yeasts from fermenting the sugars. All of the carbs can be classified as sugar.
Bee Pollen Nutrients
This article looks at the typical nutrient breakdown. Just keep in mind that some of the supplements on the market
Protein is derived directly from the pollen. They are plant proteins, so they may be incomplete. That is to say that not all of the essential amino acids may be present in the protein.
The fatty acids are insignificant when compared to other bee pollen nutrients. The presence of any fatty acids would depend completely on the type of plant the pollens were gathered from.
The portion of the 7% that is not water is a mixture of vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and phenolic acids. As is the case with the fatty acids, the concentration and type of each nutrient will depend on the flowers. You might say that when you consume the supplement, you are eating flowers.
Flowers are very nutritious. Many of our dietary supplements are derived from flowers. Marigolds, passion flowers, cone flowers and many other varieties are grown specifically for the supplement industry.
All flowers and plants, in fact all foods, vary in nutritional value. What you see on a nutrition facts label is merely an average. Not every food is inspected. In order to evaluate the nutritional value of a food, it must be destroyed. Logically, it is not possible to determine the exact nutrient content of everything you eat. So, the varying bee pollen nutrients are not unusual and are not a big cause for concern.
The health benefits derived from the supplements are not attributed to any of the individual bee pollen nutrients. It is likely the combination of flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that provide the increased energy and other benefits observed by people who take the supplements.
Just remember that not all of the supplements on the market are equal. If you do some comparison shopping, you will see that they are manufactured differently. Some are more absorbable than others. Some may be tainted with toxins, because of the environment in which the bees live.
Now that you have learned a little bit about bee pollen nutrients, take the time to learn which supplements are best in terms of the benefits they provide.
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Gordon Hall is fervent about enabling you and everyone to live a healthy lifestyle, and is an ardent reviewer of Bee Pollen Products. Visit his website now at http://about-bee-pollen.com to discover which Supplements Gordon recommends after far ranging and extensive research.