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Bee Pollen

These nutrient-rich pellets are the bee's knees.

What It Is

When honeybees return to their hive after collecting pollen from flowers, the storable pellets that form are known as bee pollen. In the hive, these concentrated pellets are used as a food source for young bees. Bee pollen contains vitamins B, C, D and E, and is rich in antioxidants, amino acids and protein.

What It Does

Bee pollen is chock-full of vitamins, minerals and protein—making it very nourishing. In fact, bee pollen is one of the only natural foods that contain almost all of the essential nutrients required by the human body. Research suggests these pellets can increase the vitamin C and magnesium content in heart muscles, skeletal muscles and the thymus (which is key in producing the white blood cells needed to fight infection).

Bee pollen is also antibacterial, antifungal and can act as an antiviral agent. Expert say this all-natural supplement can reduce inflammation, help stimulate the immune system and lower cholesterol. Because of its antifungal properties, bee pollen is also used in a wide range of products that relieve burns and repair scars.

Another benefit of bee pollen is that it can work as a stress reliever by improving circulation. An increased blood supply to areas of the body affected by stress, such as the nervous system, can alleviate ailments like headaches and light-headedness.

* If you have allergies, be sure to check with your doctor before integrating bee pollen into your routine.

How I Use It

I like to add a quarter of a teaspoon of bee pollen to my breakfast shakes in the morning.

Photography by Ivan Solis for Kourtney Kardashian