Bee pollen is a powder-like substance produced by the anthers of flowering plants and gathered by honeybees. While the nutrient content of bee pollen varies widely according to the region and plants from which it is gathered, it is generally rich in amino acids and also contains B vitamins, essential fatty acids, vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, plant sterols, and simple sugars.
Because no therapeutic role for bee pollen has been established, dosage recommendations vary. Label recommendations typically range from 800 mg to 1600 mg per day. Although bee pollen has very low toxicity, severe (potentially fatal) reactions have been reported in some allergic individuals.