What is Royal Jelly?
Royal jelly is the secretion produced by worker bees and fed to larvae and adult queens. Humans are able to harvest the substance by stimulating colonies to produce queen bees. The royal jelly is collected from the queen honeycomb when the queens are approximately four days old. It is collected from the queen cells rather than the worker cells because larger amounts of the substance are stored for the queen. One hive can produce as much as 500 grams of royal jelly in a six month period. Royal jelly must be properly refrigerated as it is perishable.
Royal jelly is also known as apis mellifera, Gelee Royale, Honey Bee Milk, Jalea Real, Lait des Abeilles, Royal Bee Jelly.
Forms of Royal Jelly
- Capsule: available in a variety of strengths, typically these use royal jelly that has been freeze dried.
- Liquid: is often mixed with honey and can be mixed into beverages or into meal replacement shakes. This must be kept refrigerated.
Royal Jelly Uses
Royal jelly has been used to combat the effects of aging, increase fertility and libido, lower cholesterol, and as an immunomodulatory agent when ingested. It has also been used to treat asthma, liver disease, hay fever, insomnia, pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, premenstrual syndrome, and kidney disease. Topically it has been used to address dermatological problems, as an anti-inflammatory, to promote the healing of wounds, and as an antibiotic.
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