Other names: Bee Saliva, Bee Spit, Gelée Royale, Honey Bee Milk, Honey Bee’s Milk, Jalea Real, Lait des Abeilles, Royal Bee Jelly
Origins & Properties
Royal jelly is secreted from the glands in the heads of worker bees and is fed to all bee larvae, whether they are destined to become drones (males), workers (sterile females), or queens (fertile females). After three days, the drone and worker larvae are no longer fed with royal jelly, but queen larvae continue to be fed this special substance throughout their development.
Royal jelly is 67% water, 12.5% protein, 11% simple sugars, 6% fatty acids and 3.5% 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid. It also contains trace minerals, antibacterial and antibiotic components, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and trace amounts of vitamin C.
Studies have suggested that royal jelly is likely to enhance collagen production, vasodilation, in reducing premenstrual syndrome effects, and as a postmenopausal treatment in humans, and against Alzheimer’s disease in animals.
- Rich in nutrients: Contains several B vitamins and trace minerals
- Antioxidant: Has potent antioxidant effects and fights oxidative stress
- Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces levels of pro-inflammatory chemicals released from immune cells
- Cardiovascular: Reduces heart disease risk by impacting cholesterol levels
- Skin: Aids in wound healing and skin repair
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