Bee Pollen as a Natural Antimicrobial Agent: A Comprehensive Review

Tamasree Bhattacharya, Jaspreet Kaur, Gurleen Kaur, Prasad Rasane, Piyush Agrawal and Vishesh Bhadariya


Bee pollen is a nutritious bee product that is gathered by honeybees from different plants. It is highly valued for its abundant nutritional profile including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, fiber, carotenoids, flavonoids, vitamins, and micronutrients. Bee pollen has various health benefits and can combat metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity. Recent research has revealed that bee pollen has significant antimicrobial activity that can combat various harmful microorganisms. This property of bee pollen is mainly attributed to its diverse chemical composition, which includes flavonoids, phenolic acids, and terpenes, among others. These compounds have been proven to exhibit potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activities. As a result, bee pollen shows great potential for being used in the creation of new antimicrobial treatments. This article aims to present the latest findings on the antibacterial and antifungal action of bee pollen, highlighting its potential as a natural antimicrobial agent for various applications in the food processing and healthcare industries.

Published on: October 27, 2023
doi: 10.17756/jfcn.2023-s1-020
Citation: Bhattacharya T, Kaur J, Kaur G, Rasane P, Agrawal P, et al. 2023. Bee Pollen as a Natural Antimicrobial Agent: A Comprehensive Review. J Food Chem Nanotechnol 9(S1): S154-S160.