From fruits and vegetables to nuts and barley, bees are important because they pollinate 1/3 of what we eat. Beeswax is higly valued in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, polishes, crayons, optical lenses, and the production of candies, chewing gums and dental equipment. Bee pollen has also been shown to help people: lose weight; increase energy, vitality and stamina; enhance the immune system; relieve allergy and athsma symptoms; slow the aging process; and prevent cancer and other diseases.