You might not have heard about the benefits of royal jelly and it will take several years before science catches up to the potential of this fascinating compound.
Royal Jelly is Naturally…
This makes scientists anxious to learn more about this natural creation used for centuries to treat asthma, insomnia, stomach upset, side effects of menstruation and menopause, infertility for both men and women, skin conditions, and to boost overall health.
What is Royal Jelly?
Royal jelly (RJ) is a substance secreted from the glands of honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) workers. It is fed to the growing larvae and in larger quantities to create and nourish queen bees (where it gets its name). RJ contributes to the queen’s superior growth and development.
Queen bees are twice the size and live approximately 40 times longer than the other bees in the hive due to their exclusive ingestion of royal jelly. The queen’s fertility and lifespan on RJ has made this secretion a natural consideration in our modern world to treat infertility and aging.
The consistency is thick and somewhat milky. It is packed with vitamins, proteins, amino acids, healthy fats, and minerals. The actual composition of royal jelly depends on where it is harvested as well as the local climate but no matter where it is collected, it is extremely nutrient dense.
Incredible Health Benefits of Royal Jelly
Animal studies to date have shown incredible results in the use of royal jelly to safeguard heart health by preventing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). It has also effectively shrunken cancerous tumors in animal subjects.
Human studies show great promise in the increase of testosterone levels in men, estrogen levels in women, improvement in metabolism, and lessening of the most common side effects reported by menopausal women.
Researchers with Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan recently conducted a study to determine long-term effects and benefits of royal jelly on human participants.
The group that received daily doses of royal jelly over six months showed dramatic improvement in the production of red blood cells (erythropoiesis), more efficient processing of glucose, and overall mental health.
Aside from the benefit of lowering and maintaining blood sugar levels in both animals and humans, royal jelly raises HDL (good) cholesterol and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.
The positive effects on cholesterol, blood flow, and blood pressure make royal jelly a great choice for heart health. One study from scientists with Okayama University in Japan found that rats with high blood pressure and insulin resistance had less blood vessel restriction and better insulin levels when supplemented with RJ.
Side Effects and Safety
Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children have not been evaluated regarding the safety of royal jelly. These groups should not use royal jelly without consultation with their physician. It is not bee venom, bee pollen, or honey. However, allergic reactions are more potent to royal jelly since it is naturally more concentrated. If you have any sort of bee allergy, this particular substance isn’t for you.
As scientists around the world scramble to investigate a compound used for centuries in alternative medicine, there is no doubt that the research may be young but there is definite pharmaceutical potential for this natural “queen maker.”