Chemical Composition and Biological Activities of Beebread – Review

Adriana Cristina URCAN, Liviu Al MARGHITAS, Daniel S DEZMIREAN, Otilia BOBIS, Victorita BONTA, Carmen I MURESAN, Rodica MARGAOAN


Beebread is a product of the hive obtained from pollen collected by bees, to which they add honey, digestive enzymes and subsequently is stored in the combs. The bees transform the bee pollen in beebread by an anaerobic fermentation process. A proper hive management promotes beebread collection, aimed at marketing it for human consumption since it can be considered a valuable food supplement due to its content of a wide range of nutrients. Its value is given by the content in protein, amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates, mineral salts, polyphenols and flavonoids, which depends on the botanical source of bee pollen. The nutritional and functional composition of beebread is widely reported; nevertheless, few studies on transformation processes of the pollen to improve the availability of the compounds present in this product were found. Overall, beebread is a recent collected and consumed bee product and at this stage it can be used as a food supplement.


beebread, biologic compounds, chemical composition

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