Royal jelly is the hugely rich and creamy secretion that worker bees feed to the young larvae in their hives.
Interestingly, the bees choose one larvae to continue feeding his medication too for an extended period of time, and this is the larvae that will eventually become the queen bee.
It is theorized that the extraordinary concentration of nutrients in it is what makes this evolution possible and makes the queen bee superior to all of the other bees.
Because of this, royal jelly has been believed for many thousands of years to have wondrous beneficial health effects, conferring even the ability to live a very long life and to grow big and strong.
It enhances energy level
Contemporary advocates of this medication as a dietary supplement cite studies showing that royal jelly is found to increase energy levels markedly, as well as other indicators of physical wellness.
We also know that royal jelly contains many powerful antioxidants which help to combat the potentially damaging free radicals produced as an offshoot of our metabolic process, and hence help to protect the body from developing certain diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and some cancers.
Other illnesses that this medication has been linked to in a curative sense by one or more scientific studies are osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and the menopause.
What does it contains?
Around 12% of royal jelly is high-quality protein, and it contains every single essential amino acid.
Essential amino acids are amino acids that the human body cannot produce, and so they have to be obtained through the diet. To find all eight of them in such abundance in one foodstuff is quite remarkable.
Royal jelly also contains at least ten important vitamins and many more minerals, all of which play important roles in the human body.
Usefulness of Royal jelly
The most marked health benefit of royal jelly though is its ability to help lower the level of LDL cholesterol, sometimes known as ‘bad’ cholesterol, in the bloodstream, and hence reduce the risk of many cardiovascular problems.
LDL cholesterol can build up in the arteries and form plaque when it is bound with free radicals.
As we have seen, royal jelly contains a great many antioxidants which prevent this from happening by binding to the free radicals themselves, therefore reducing the chance of cholesterol molecules becoming stuck in the arteries.
One study involving royal jelly noted a decrease in cholesterol levels of almost 15% in patients who regularly ate this medication as part of their diets.
It is sometimes combined with bee pollen and flower pollen to form ‘Melbrosia’.
This concoction is found by many women, as many as a third on one study, to help relieve the symptoms of the menopause, including headaches, tiredness, incontinence and vaginal dryness.
The exact mechanism behind this particular health benefit of royal jelly is not yet understood, and further studies are underway into the subject and other possible applications.
This medication has also been deployed with some success to treat asthma, insomnia, tiredness and ulcers.
It is sometimes applied topically to treat wounds and skin rashes such as eczema, which it is thought to be effective at because of its high vitamin and mineral content, as well as mild antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
Helpful for rejuvenating skin
Some advocates of royal jelly swear that it helps to reverse the aging process, and it is quite often included in expensive beauty formulas, face creams etc. that claim to revitalize skin, making it firmer and more elastic amongst other things.
It is possible that it can do all of these things, since the vitamins and minerals and amino acids it contains would all be of great benefit to skin cells, and if they can accelerate healing of damaged tissue there may be no reason why they could not go some way towards reversing the aging process of skin.
Royal jelly supplements are available in a variety of forms including pulls and capsules, but by far the best way to eat it is raw straight from the hive, as natural as possible.
It is also available in the form of creams and ointments for those wishing to apply the royal jelly topically as a means of remedying some skin conditions and treating wounds.
There is no recommended daily amount of royal jelly, but it is a food rather than a drug, so there is really no way to overdose.
Enjoy this treat liberally and celebrate the remarkable health benefits of royal jelly, a true super-food.
A very small number of people may be allergic to royal jelly, and if you experience an adverse reaction after taking this or any other supplement, you should seek medical help at once.