All You Need to Know about Royal Jelly

Have you heard the buzz about royal jelly? No? Well, this type of superfood is not what royalty uses on their PBJ sandwiches. Anyone can have royal jelly, not just kings and queens. And by the time you’ll learn more about it, I’m sure you’ll be rushing out to buy some.

Royal Jelly Facts

Royal jelly is a milky white secretion from the glands in the heads of worker bees. It is then fed to all bee larvae, regardless of sex or caste. After three days, the other larvae not chosen to be queen are not fed with royal jelly anymore. However, the queen larvae continue to be fed this special concoction throughout their development. In other words, it acts as the principal source of food for the colony’s incoming queen. Talk about getting the royal treatment.

This substance goes by quite a lot of names. They’re sometimes labeled as honey bee’s milk, gelée royale, and the not-so-glamorous bee spit or bee saliva.

It is harvested by humans by stimulating colonies with movable frame hives to produce queen bees. Royal jelly is collected from each individual queen cell or honeycomb. This is done when the queen larvae are about four days old. It is collected from queen cells because these are the only cells with large amounts of royal jelly deposits. When royal jelly is fed to other larvae, it is fed directly to them.They then consume it immediately as it is produced. On the other hand,  the cells of queen larvae are “stocked” with royal jelly much faster than the larvae can consume it.

A well-managed hive during a season of five to six months can produce approximately 500 grams of this precious substance. Since the product is perishable, producers must have immediate access to proper cold storage (e.g., a household refrigerator or freezer). The royal jelly is stored here until it is sold or conveyed to a collection center.

What’s in It?

Royal jelly typically contains around 60-70 percent water. It has proteins, sugar, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, salts, and 17 different amino acids. Take note that this includes the 8 essential amino acids that the human body cannot produce by itself. It also possesses trace minerals, some enzymes, pantothenic acid, and vitamin C.

Royal Jelly Benefits

Improves Fertility

If you and your partner are trying to conceive, a dose of royal jelly may be the answer. For the males, the royalactin component in this substance increases sperm motility. It also improves sperm count, maturity, viability, and DNA integrity.

For the females, it balances hormones and can help with fertility issues related to hormonal imbalance. Also, this substance mimics human estrogen. Estrogen is vital for a healthy menstrual cycle. It can also improve women’s weak uterine muscles or thin uterine lining caused by long-term hormonal birth control use.

And finally, it also increases libido (in both men and women).

Provides Healthy Skin

This jelly regulates skin photoaging after exposure to ultraviolet-B radiation. It enhances collagen production, therefore protecting the skin against aging. It also fights against skin problems, like eczema, dry skin, acne, and dermatosis. These all lead to smooth and healthy skin.

Boosts Brain Function

This substance improves short-term memory. It has a beneficial role on neural functions. It also has a positive effect on spatial learning. Antioxidants in the royal jelly also plays an important role in the prevention and cure of neurodegenerative diseases. This includes Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition, it also stimulates cognitive function and repairs damage to the brain, especially killed brain cells.

Alleviates Menopausal Symptoms

Wake up your inner cougar with this natural remedy. Topical royal jelly helps women with menopausal problems. These include stress, sexual issues, and urinary incontinence. A vaginal royal jelly cream helps improve the quality of life and sexual and urinary function for women fifty to sixty-five years old. It also relieves hot flashes and increases overall sexual stimulatory effects.

Regulates the Immune System

This jelly modulates or regulates the body’s immune system. They boost the production of T cells. T cells are a type of white blood cells. These are responsible for rejecting foreign tissue, regulating immunity, and controlling antibodies to fight infection.

Having a regulated immune system is very important. If you have either and underactive or overactive immune system, they both have harmful side effects. For instance, if your system is underactive, your chances increase of getting diseases easily. On the other hand, if you have an overactive system, you may get autoimmune issues. Some examples are lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Heals Wounds Faster

Royal jelly contains certain vitamins and nutrients that support skin renewal. So it’s no surprise that it accelerates wound healing. This jelly is capable of anti-inflammatory activity. It decreases exudation and collagen formation. It also shortens the healing period of skin lesions. In addition, royal jelly also boosts the production of lipids, which plays a significant part in the wound-healing process.

Counters Allergic Reactions

A study shows that histamine response to allergens was immediately suppressed. This shows royal jelly relieves seasonal allergy symptoms.

Protects the Liver

The liver is one of the most important organs that we have. Everything you consume has to go through it to be filtered. So taking care of your liver is of utmost importance. Royal jelly protects liver tissues from liver toxins. And it’s quite easy to get toxins into the body. The simple act of drinking tap water alone will expose the liver to over 200 toxic compounds.

Treats Diabetes

The evidence for royal jelly’s positive effects on diabetes and blood sugar levels is impressive. A 2016 study shows that 1,000 milligrams of this substance three times a day leads to a significant decrease in blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It also led to lower levels of cholesterol and cardiovascular risk markers.

In addition, there are also notable drops in blood glucose and hemoglobin. There is also an increase in insulin.

Recent research also suggests that royal jelly improves insulin resistance. This is when the body’s cells don’t respond normally to the hormone insulin. And last, there is also an improvement in antioxidant levels in diabetes patients ages 25 to 65.

Combats Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type that affects women all around the world. And though it is uncommon, breast cancer can affect men too.

It usually starts in the ducts that delivers breastmilk to the nipples. This cancer affects the surrounding tissues and glands.

Royal jelly protects the body against breast cancer cells. It blocks the negative effects of bisphenol A (BPA). This is an environmental estrogen that activates the increased production of human breast cancer cells.

Improves Bone Health

Royal jelly is great for bone support. A Japanese study shows that this substance prevents osteoporosis. What it does is it enhances intestinal calcium absorption. This makes it a capable preventive aid against osteoporosis. It can also enhance the body’s ability to absorb calcium and properly deposit it in your bone structure. IN addition, it also boosts bone strength.

A Word of Caution

There are a number of people who are allergic to honey, bee pollen, and in connection, also royal jelly. The allergic reaction can be quite severe. It can cause rapid anaphylaxis. Before trying out royal jelly to your diet, make sure to consult with your doctor or allergist first.

In addition, to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy, pregnant women should also consult with their obstetrician-gynecologist before incorporating royal jelly into their daily diets.

Kate B. Forsyth is a writer for Be Healthy Today, who specializes in health and nutrition. Her passion is to help people get an overall transformation of health that lasts a lifetime. In her blog posts, she goes beyond research by providing health-concerned citizens doable and simple tricks to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

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