Royal Jelly – Benefits to your Health
Royal jelly’s benefits become more apparent once we examine its role in the diet of the Queen bee.
The Queen bee is remarkable in its extended longevity and reproductive capability when compared to the worker bee. The Queen lives almost ten times longer then the worker bee: five years for the Queen, and less than six weeks for the worker bee. The Queen grows to be almost 50% larger than the worker and has exceptional reproductive capabilities, laying almost 2500 eggs in a single day.
So how does the Queen bee achieve this remarkable longevity? – Royal Jelly. The Queen is hatched from the same egg as the worker bee but is selected to receive a diet of pure RJ, while the common worker bee feeds off honey and other substances around the hive. This remarkable product benefits the Queen bee in many ways and transforms her into an powerful insect, enhancing her physical performance to remarkable levels.
What is the chemical composition of Royal Jelly?
It contains approximately 12% protein, 5-6% lipids and 12-15% carbohydrates. It’s B Vitamin content is high, and with 17 amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids, it is a nutritious hormone-rich substance with a wide spectrum of potential benefits. It also contains around 15% aspartic acid, which is important for tissue growth, muscle and cell regeneration.
- Vitamin Content?Vitamin B I (Thiamine) 1.5 to 7.4 mcg
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 5.3 to 10.0 mcg
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 2.2 to 10.2 mcg
- Niacin (nicotinic acid) 91.0 to 149.0 mcg
- Pantothenic Acid 65.0 to 200.0 mcg
- Biotin 0.9 to 3.7 mcg
- Inositol 78.0 to 150.0 mcg
- Folic Acid 0.16 to 0.50mcg
- Vitamin C Trace amount
Product Uses and Potential Benefits
Taken widely to
- help combat the effects of allergies
- as an energy booster
- may help with the affects of stress and fatigue
- For Hair / Skin / Nails
- Often Taken for longevity
- as a potent anti-aging supplement.
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Not surprisingly, man has shown much interest in royal jelly and has long sought to unlock the benefits and recreate the substance artificially. Many studies have been performed to try to establish its nutritional content and the effect and benefit of those nutrients on living beings.
It is the only natural source of pure acetylcholine. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and has been implicated as beneficial in a wide range of health conditions. It is associated with benefits to bronchial asthma, insomnia, and many skin problems. It is known to support the immune system and may be of benefit in liver, kidney, and pancreatic diseases as well as stomach ulcers and bone fractures.
Benefits – Many of the benefits of royal jelly are associated with its high concentration of essential amino acids, and we refer you to our chapter on amino acids for more information and more possible benefits to explore.
In short, the substance has been noted for its potential benefits on:
• chronic fatigue
• skin / hair / nails / bones / joints
• hormonal regulation
• sexual vitality / impotence / fertility / libido
• weight regulation
• rejuvenation – recovery from illness
• immune system stimulant
• cholesterol levels
• cardiovascular health
• anti-depressive / anti-anxiety
• high blood pressure
• mental condition / memory
• liver ailments / conditions
• eczema / impetigo / skin disorders
Can Man Recreate Royal Jelly? – No. Studies have uncovered some of the nutritional properties of this substance, but much remains undiscovered.
Dr. Albert Saenz of the Pasteur Institute in Paris wrote:
“Numerous studies demonstrate the existence of fractions in RJ which correspond to 97 percent of the substance, plus an undermined fraction whose very presence could explain the remarkable and mysterious properties of RJ.” He continues, ” Here’s yet another product of the beehive with a touch of the bee’s magic in it. I suppose some day science will figure out what these unidentifiable elements are and some researcher will try to manufacture them. Until then, the only place to get these mystery nutrients is from the bees.”
How is it processed? – Royal Jelly is a liquid containing approximately 67% water, and as such is prone to contamination once it is removed from the sterile environment of the beehive. Once removed from the hive it must be processed quickly to prevent contamination, ideally within two or three hours. Processing generally involves one or a combination of the following steps:
• Treating the product with a chemical preservative.
• Lyophilizing the product (removing the water, often termed freeze-drying)
• Adding a natural preservative like honey.
• Freezing the substance or attempting to maintain it in a refrigerated state.
Which royal jelly has most benefits, fresh or freeze dried ?
The favored process is lyophilizing or freeze-drying. This removes the water without effecting the nutrient quality of the product and creates a white powder which can be capsulated for human consumption. Once in capsulated form the product generally has a shelf life of 4 years and does not require refrigeration.
Many questions are raised about the nutritional quality of Royal Jelly, and usually relate to the issue of processing, and they can be answered here: freeze-dried versus non-freeze dried
In short, freeze drying ‘locks-in’ the nutritional content of the product and removes any doubts about handling the product down the line. For example, if you choose liquid royal jelly which is sold as ‘requiring refrigeration’, how do you know that the product has been stored and transported in a refrigerated state, and that it isn’t in a partially decomposed state with diminished nutritive properties.
There are generally four different types of capsules and you can see what they are at this blog post here
It’s worthy of note that regional variations and the processes used in collecting the product from the hive will impact these numbers, so they’ll vary slightly from source to source and batch to batch.
You can quite easily neutralize any benefits during the collection and subsequent processing of the substance as it’s removed from the hive. So be sure to buy product from reputable sources.
For example, if I do a Google search for ‘royal jelly’, and run through the top 20 or so companies who appear in the results, I know for a fact that over 50% of them use raw ingredients which are pasteurized. That sounds odd when you consider the wild claims people make about the ‘freshness’ and integrity of their products and how one might ‘feel the benefits’.
Obviously this is hype, given the knowledge of their approach to processing/packaging the substance. So tread carefully, and here’s a little more information on the harm caused by pasteurization.
Royal Jelly and our health
As we’ve discussed elsewhere, royal jelly has benefits and uses is Homeopathy in a variety of ways and to treat a variety of conditions. Whilst we refrain from making claims as to its benefits, we will help you investigate the many uses for the product and assist in helping you find the most appropriate format for your needs.
We looked at Wikipedia and found a good deal of positive and useful information on the ailments it is commonly used to treat. Using Wiki as a reference point we found the following information – Royal jelly has been reported as a possible immunomodulatory agent in Graves’ disease. It has also been reported to stimulate the growth of glial cells and neural stem cells in the brain. To date, there is preliminary evidence that it may have some cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and antibiotic effects, though the last three of these effects are unlikely to be realized if ingested (due to the destruction of the substances involved through digestion, or neutralization via changes in PH. Research also suggests that the 10-Hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA) found in the substance may inhibit the vascularization of tumors. Royal Jelly is said to improve fertility in both men and women, in men by increasing the quality of their sperm, and in women by increasing the quality of their eggs. More can be read on fertility and libido here.
There are also some preliminary experiments (on cells and lab animals) in which royal jelly may have some benefit regarding certain other diseases, though there is no solid evidence for those claims, and further experimentation and validation would be needed to prove any useful benefit.
Our own research shows a much broader range of applications. We have people use the substance primarily for its associations with improved energy, but we feel that’s really only scratching the surface. With its amino acid content it primarily acts in support to the immune system, and that in itself has far reaching benefits.
Along with bee pollen, propolis and honey it contains a natural source of essential nutrients which the body needs to maintain good health. Maintaining good health is especially hard in today’s increasingly toxic environment. Both our food supply and our diet is often deficient in important nutrients. Therefore these benefits, we need to supplement our diet with this and other products of the beehive
Royal jelly also has a yeast inhibiting function which may prevent conditions such as thrush and athlete’s foot. It has also been used to treat muscular dystrophy, MS and Parkinson’s disease as well as reduce allergic symptoms and help control cholesterol levels. Also of significance, it has been found to be of potential help in boosting the body’s resistance to the harmful side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. These treatments attack the immune system at its very core, and in many cases the actual treatment delivers a debilitating blow and not the illness itself. Royal Jelly with its high amino acid content can help the immune system and provide a basic defense against external elements that ordinarily attack the immune system and reduce our capability for defense. Supplementing our diet with this substance and capitalizing on its array of health benefits helps to rebuild the good cells that are destroyed by chemotherapy and helps to strengthen the immune system.
It also contains the amino and gamma globulin, which helps your immune system fight off viral infections. It also contains sterols, phosphorous compounds and acetylcholine, which is needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell.
Like the immune system benefits of propolis, it also appears to have anti-tumor properties. A team of Japanese researchers gave the substance to one of two groups of laboratory mice before transplanting different types of cancer cells in them. The royal jelly had dramatic effects on sarcoma cells. The life-span of the mice was extended by about one-fifth and tumor sizes were about half the size, compared with untreated mice, according to a report in the journal Nippon Yakurigaku Zasshji-Folia Pharmacologica Japonica (Feb. 1987;89:73-80).
A veritable jewel of nutrition and recognized as a potent bringer of energy, vitality and a variety of health benefits. It differs in its nutritional properties from bee pollen and propolis, offering a broad range of amino acids and other nutrients which may be of benefit to your health.
It is rich in minerals, natural hormones, B vitamins, fatty acid, and folic acids, along with aspartic acid which is important for tissue regeneration and growth. It contains all essential amino acids required to sustain life.
The amino acids in Royal Jelly are of significant interest to nutritionists and may in fact be the primary source of its benefits. Long associated with the ability to fight ‘free-radicals’ in the body, amino acids form the very basis of our chemical make-up, and are essential to growth and the ability to fight infection and disease. In most cases we cannot create our own amino acids, we must ingest them through the foods that we eat. The importance of amino acids and the fact that they are so abundant in bee products warrants special attention. It is in our section ‘Amino Acids’ that we will reveal the true potential of the product as a nutritive substance that is rich in amino acids.
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