Question: “How safe and effective is bee pollen? I’ve seen research on the Internet saying a little provides many nutrients.”—J. Robertson, via e-mailAnswer: Manufacturers of dietary supplements aren’t obligated to prove their product’s safety or effectiveness, thanks to the FDA’s handling of such products. According to FDA regulations, though, companies cannot make claims about curing, diagnosing, or treating diseases or conditions. A quick search at three branches of the National Institutes of Health didn’t reveal any specifics on the nutrient content of bee pollen. Another trusted source for information on herbals and supplements says research hasn’t yet teased out health benefits linked to bee pollen, but keep your healthcare provider informed if you take bee pollen.