Royal jelly is naturally secreted by honey bees and is used for nurturing and feeding larvae and adult queen bees. (Don't confuse bee's royal jelly with bee pollen or bee venom.) This jelly-like substance is secreted from the hypopharynx glands of worker bees and is then fed to all larvae in the colony, irrespective of caste or sex.
When the old queen bee is either weakening or dead, the worker bees in the colony must choose a new queen. They start up the process by feeding copious amounts of royal jelly to small larvae in specially constructed queen cells. This type of feeding triggers the development of queen morphology and sexual maturity.
The overall composition of royal jelly is as follows:
- 67% of water
- 12.5% crude protein
- trace amounts of amino acids
- 11% simple sugars (monosaccharides)
- 5% fatty acids
- trace minerals
- antibacterial and antibiotic components
- Vitamin B5 and B6
- trace amounts of vitamin C
Royal Jelly is collected from hives by professional beekeepers and sold to pharmaceutical companies for the production of dietary supplements, skin care products, and natural beauty products.
How does it benefit the body?
In natural healing, Royal Jelly is a popular alternative folklore medicine and is believed to have powerful anti-ageing properties. In some cases, Royal Jelly is even applied to the skin as a tonic or to the scalp to encourage hair growth. Royal Jelly seems to be useful as well in preventing tumours and the development of hardening of the arteries. Medical practitioners and healthcare experts credit the power of Royal Jelly to amino acid content as well as the broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals contained therein.
How much Royal Jelly does the body need?
The right dosage of Royal Jelly depends largely on factors like age, health, and current health conditions. Studies on the benefits of Royal Jelly are still ongoing, so at the time there is not enough scientific information to determine the correct range of doses. However, we suggest that you be careful to read relevant directions on product labels and always consult your pharmacist or physician for advice before using a new product. Keep in mind that while natural products are better than synthetic, the dosage is still important.