The great benefits of royal jelly have made it one of the most popular and the most sought-after superfoods these days.
Royal jelly is a nutritious milky white substance that has bitter, acidic taste. This substance is secreted by the worker bees from the glands on their heads. It is actually a combination of nectar, proteins, sugars and the bees’ glandular secretions.
It is the food of the honey bee queen. Although all bee larvae are fed with royal jelly for the first three days after they are hatched, the bee that becomes the queen of the colony is fed with this superior substance throughout her life.
Royal jelly is very rich in vitamin B, minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur, and potassium, as well as fatty acids. As a result of this royal diet, the size of the honey bee queen is larger from the other worker bees (about 50% bigger than other bees), she is more fertile and matures faster than the others. Her lifespan is also longer compared to other bees. Many royal jelly advocates claim that this longevity is true for humans who consume royal jelly as well.
Royal jelly can be consumed orally or applied topically for many health purposes.
The great benefits of royal jelly are also due to a type of compound known as 10-HDA (10-hydroxy-2-decanoic-acid). This particular component is found to have a major effect on the honey bee queen’s growth and fertility.
Among the numerous health benefits of royal jelly is as a remarkable energy booster. It is often added to energy drinks, making it very popular among athletes. In addition to that, it is found that the components and properties of royal jelly may have an effect in lowering cholesterol level and improve the body’s immunity against bacterial infection. One type of protein in royal jelly, royalism, helps to suppress the staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria.
Royal jelly is often recommended for those who experience loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia, high blood pressure and digestion problems. It also helps to speed up the healing process for skin wounds. In apitherapy, dried royal jelly in capsules is often used.
Due to its numerous benefits, royal jelly is now a common ingredient in beauty and skin-care products. The antibiotic properties of royal jelly help to avoid the growth of bacteria which cause skin infections such as pimples, boils, neurodermatitis and eczema. For skin-care purposes, it is applied externally and added to creams and salves as well as made into skin cleanser and tonic.
Fresh royal jelly can last for only around 5 days at room temperature, however, if refrigerated or mixed with honey, it can be kept for a longer period.