Ten royal benefits of royal jelly
By Olianna Gourli
Historically, one of the most valued groups of natural medicines is that of bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly. Royal jelly is a unique, thick, milky substance that the worker bees manufacture and feed to the Queen bee. It's the sole source of nutrition of the Queen bee and aids her everyday vitality. The worker bees mix honey and bee pollen with enzymes in the glands of their throats to produce royal jelly.
Benefits and composition of royal jelly
Royal jelly is believed to be a useful nutritional supplement because of the Queen bee’s superior size, strength, stamina, fertility rates and longevity compared with other bees.
Its composition is similar to that of pollen. It contains calories as it’s full of nutrients, all eight essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and hormonal-like substances. It's high in pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), the anti-stress vitamin and has been shown in some studies to increase endurance whilst under stress. It contains approximately 12% protein, 5-6% lipids, and 12-15% carbohydrates.
Royal jelly, historically linked to fertility - although there is insufficient testing on how effective this is in human fertility - is a naturally rich source of amino acids, vitamins A, C, D, E and B complex vitamins. Fresh royal jelly contains beneficial probiotics for gut health (it needs to be kept in the fridge to keep its bioactive compounds preserved) and possesses numerous health benefits, including, preventing illness and combatting the stress on the body caused by vaccines.
1. Boosts the immune system, in general, and heals mucositis, in particular. Just like honey it also improves asthma rates.
2. Studies have shown a cholesterol and lipoprotein-lowering effect of royal jelly, as well as triglyceride-lowering and HDL-increasing, conferring a benefit on cardiovascular health.
3. Improves blood’s glucose levels, as well as ulcerations related to diabetes.
4. Improves anaemia rates by slightly increasing the number of red blood cells.
5. Increases testosterone levels in men that regularly consume it, as well as improving sperm quality. Royal jelly has also been shown to have a positive impact on the FSH/LH ratio, however, this effect is reversible upon cessation of supplementation. Royal jelly increases libido too.
6. Consumption of 3000mg of royal jelly daily has been linked to increased cognition in middle and older age and is protective against Alzheimer’s disease.
7. Increases collagen and improve skin’s appearance. For that reason, it is also used to heal wounds: it increases fibroblast migration, cells in connective tissue that produce collagen. Royal jelly has been suggested in suppressing skin pigmentation, and hence is proposed as a candidate to inhibit melanogenesis, thus it could be developed as cosmetics skincare products. Melanin synthesis reduction occurs via tyrosinase expression down-regulation.
8. Due to its nutrient combination, Royal jelly (combined with other bee products) has been shown to alleviate unpleasant premenstrual symptoms, such as irritability, weight fluctuations and water retention.
9. Eases menopausal symptoms. Preliminary research has shown that royal jelly protects against osteoporosis by decreasing bone resorption (anti-osteoclastic).
10. Confers antiproliferative effects on neuroblastoma cells, making it a possible anti-cancer superfood.
Royal jelly's main beneficial qualities include:
anti-lipidemic; cardiovascular protection
energy-yielding; stamina; general well-being; promotes longevity
improves cognition; boosts memory
Royal jelly is used in clinical use for:
to prevent illness and promote longevity
liver, kidney, pancreatic disease
Dosage range or royal jelly
Consider 50 to 250 mg (even 300mg) one to two times a day.
Side effects and contraindications
Like all bee products, allergic reactions are the most common side effects. If there is a known allergy to conifer and poplar trees, royal jelly should be avoided. Allergic reactions can range from mild (e.g. mild gastrointestinal upset) to severe (e.g. asthma, anaphylaxis [shock], intestinal bleeding, even death in people who are extremely allergic to bee products).
No drug interactions are known at the time of writing.
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