Royal Jelly benefits humans as well as bees
Many people are aware of the health benefits of honey, but few are aware of the benefits that Royal Jelly has to offer.
Royal jelly is a milky secretion produced by worker honey bees. It typically contains about 60% to 70% water, 12% to 15% proteins, 10% to 16% sugar, 3% to 6% fats, and 2% to 3% vitamins, salts, and amino acids. Its composition varies depending on geography and climate. This product gets its name from the fact that bees use it for the development and nurturing of queen bees. Some people use royal jelly as medicine. Don’t confuse royal jelly with bee pollen or bee venom.
Royal jelly is used for asthma, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, sleep troubles (insomnia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bonefractures, menopausal symptoms, skin disorders, and high cholesterol. It is also used as a general health tonic, for fighting the effects of aging, and for boosting the immune system.
Some people apply royal jelly directly to the skin as a tonic or to the scalp to encourage hair growth.
How does it work?
There is very little scientific information available about the effects of royal jelly in people. In animals, royal jelly seems to have some activity against tumors and the development of “hardening of the arteries.”
- High cholesterol. Preliminary research suggests that royal jelly might lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
- Menopausal symptoms.Some very preliminary research shows that taking a certain combination product containing royal jelly plus flower pollen (Melbrosia) for 12 weeks might help reduce symptoms of menopause and improve feelings of well-being.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) . Some research shows that a specific combination product (Femal, Natumin Pharma) seems to decrease certain symptoms of PMS including irritability, weight increases, and edema when given over a period of 2 menstrual cycles. Each tablet of this product contains 6 mg of royal jelly, 36 mg of bee pollen extract, and 120 mg of bee pollen plus pistil extract. It is given as 2 tablets twice daily.
- Hay fever.
- Liver disease.
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia) .
- Stomach ulcers.
- Kidney disease.
- Bone fractures.
- Skin disorders.
- Boosting immunity.
- Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of royal jelly for these uses.
10 benefits of Royal Jelly in detail
10. Antioxidant Power
Antioxidants are all the rage today and for good reason. When your cells oxidize, you oxidize and that leads to greater instances of cancer, heart disease and other degenerative conditions.
We've all seen a peeled apple turn brown within minutes - well, that is literally what happens to your cells over your lifetime. But scientists have discovered certain foods have massive amounts of antioxidants that slow and even stop this process.
Royal Jelly just so happens to be one of these foods. As reported in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry in 2008, Royal Jelly contains very high amounts of several antioxidants .
And what the scientists learned was that RJ had higher amounts of these antioxidants when the Royal Jelly was fresher. So when buying RJ, ensure that you are buying fresh, frozen product to maximize the vitality of the product.
9. Immune Modulator
Because Royal Jelly is being indicated to have immuno-modulatory potential for humans, a group of scientists at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan undertook a study to determine whether RJ could alter the development of systemic autoimmunity in mice.
Autoimmunity is a state in which the body's immune system attacks itself. Disease like Rheumatoid Arthritis and many allergies are autoimmune disorders.
These mice were genetically predisposed to get Lupus, a serious auto immune disorder.
During the study, the scientists found that the mice getting the RJ supplement saw a significant delay in getting Lupus and once they did get it, lived significantly longer than the mice that didn't get the supplement.
And while humans aren't mice, this study certainly supports the many testimonials of people who have reported using Royal Jelly to boost or balance their immune systems that I've encountered.
8. Brain Function Enhancement
Our customers and client often tell us how they experience a mild euphoria or feeling of clarity upon taking our high quality, fresh royal jelly.
Now a study out of Gifu Pharmaceutical University in Japan has shed some light on why this happens.
Scientists fed rats a toxic compound designed to kill brain cells and then gave them Royal Jelly. They found that not only did the RJ protect the brain, but it also stimulated cognitive function and repair to the brain.
7. Liver Protection
Scientists at University of Erciyes in Turkey fed royal jelly to mice that had been given a liver toxin. They found that the administration of royal jelly as a liver protective agent for only 7 days exhibited a marked protective effect on liver tissue from the liver toxin.
A tremendous amount of research is now showing that chronic inflammation is one of the root causes of heart disease and other degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers disease, arthritis and even some cancers.
A group of scientists at Hayashibara Biochemical Laboratories in Japan decided to test the anti-inflammatory activity of Royal Jelly. They tested for pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-1. High levels of these compounds indicate high levels of inflammation.
The scientists found that the administration of Royal Jelly suppressed these pro-inflammatory compounds and concluded that RJ has anti-inflammatory actions.
So, if you have a history of heart disease or Alzheimer's disease in your family or better yet, you've had your IL-6 levels tested by your doctor and they are elevated, Royal Jelly is likely an excellent supplement for you.
5. Skin Healing
Scientists at the Department of Pharmacology, Nihon University in Japan set out to discover whether or not Royal Jelly
They fed rats various amounts of RJ daily and found that it showed anti-inflammatory activity by decreasing exudation and collagen formation. RJ also shortened the healing period of skin lesions, enough so that the scientists stated that RJ is able to augment wound healing.
This comes as no surprise to those of us who have used royal jelly for skin health over the years. Royal Jelly contains specific nutrients and vitamins that support skin renewal such as flavonoids, nucleic acid, decanoic acid, enzymes, and hormones.
It also contains numerous vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, acetyl-choline and zinc, all of which are excellent for the skin. Studies indicate that the acids found in Royal Jelly contribute to its collagen production and promotion.
Take three 500 mg capsules daily or one quarter teaspoon of fresh royal jelly powder per day to optimize your skin health.
4. Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control
Earlier studies have shown that royal jelly has insulin-like activity. However, there have so far been no clinical trials to support these findings. So, a group of German doctors at the Justus-Liebig University Hospital in Germany had twenty volunteers undergo the standardized oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and afterwards a second OGTT after ingestion of 20 g of royal jelly.
The doctors found that after 2 hours, the serum sugar levels of the 20 volunteers were much lower after taking the 20 g of Royal Jelly than when they didn't take it.
So, if you have any type of blood sugar issue, try supplementing with RJ. (if you are on insulin or Glucagon, make sure you monitor your levels carefully - RJ will reduce your sugars)
3. Osteoporosis & Bone Loss
A group of Japanese scientists hypothesized that Royal Jelly may have beneficial effects on osteoporosis.
After conducting a study on both rats and in a test tube, the doctors found that RJ may prevent osteoporosis by enhancing intestinal calcium absorption, making it an effective preventative aid for osteoporosis.
It makes a lot of sense to supplement with Royal Jelly along with your calcium and vitamin D if you are suffering from osteoporosis or have a history of it in your family. According to this study, RJ will enhance your body's ability to absorb the calcium and in turn deposit it in your bone structure.
2. Breast Cancer
A group of scientists at Kyushu University in Japan looked at the protective effect of Royal Jelly on breast cancer cells.
In the study, the scientists found an anti-environmental estrogen effect of royal jelly. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an environmental estrogen found in many plastics that stimulates the proliferation of human breast cancer MCF-7 cells.
The study found that Royal jelly inhibited the growth promoting effect of BPA on breast cancer MCF-7 cells, even though it did not affect the proliferation of cells in the absence of BPA.
We are all exposed to dozens of cancer causing environmental estrogens every day now through our drinking water, our cosmetics, plastics and our food. You may be wise to protect yourself from these cancers with a daily dose of fresh royal jelly.
1. Cholesterol Control
A group of researchers in Japan decided to examine the effects of Royal Jelly on blood cholesterol levels in 15 volunteers.
They gave half the volunteers 6 grams of Royal Jelly per day for 4 weeks. Those taking the RJ saw their total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) decreased significantly compared with those who didn't get the RJ. HDL (the good cholesterol) levels didn't change in either group, nor did triglyceride levels.
So, it appears that Royal Jelly lowers bad cholesterol and total cholesterol while not harming good cholesterol levels. Amazing!
If your doctor is telling you to get your cholesterol levels down, perhaps Royal Jelly is a safer, natural option for you.
Royal jelly is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when used short-term. It can cause serious allergic reactions including asthma, swelling of the throat, and death. Rarely, it might cause the colon to bleed, accompanied by stomach pain and bloodydiarrhea.
There isn't enough information to know if royal jelly is safe when applied directly to the skin. It has caused inflammation and allergic rash when applied to the scalp
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of royal jelly during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Asthma or allergies: Don’t use royal jelly if you have asthma or allergies. It could cause some serious reactions, even death.
Inflamed skin (dermatitis): Royal jelly might make dermatitis worse.
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with ROYAL JELLY
Royal jelly might increase the effects of warfarin (Coumadin). Taking royal jelly with warfarin (Coumadin) might result in an increased chance of bruising or bleeding.
The appropriate dose of royal jelly depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for royal jelly. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
Tips to but Royal Jelly
Tip #1: Know the Source of Your Royal Jelly
If the company you're considering buying can't or even worse, won't tell you where they are sourcing their royal jelly from, then run in the opposite direction!
Chances are it is a cheap, low grade RJ sourced from an unscrupulous supplier. These sources tend to be produced in industrial areas and are high in contaminants and low in nutrients. Avoid them!
Tip # 2: Buy Freeze Dried or Unprocessed Royal jelly
Most of the royal jelly products on the market today are highly processed capsules.
This means that the RJ has been dried with some heat and then encapsulated.
Some companies doing this will tell you that this doesn't harm the royal jelly in any way and that all of the valuable properties of RJ remain in tact.
This is not entirely true - this heat based drying process exposes the delicate nutrients to heat and light, both of which can destroy some of the valuable properties of Royal Jelly.
So what are you to do? Simple. Get freeze dried Royal Jelly or a raw, unprocessed product.
When it comes to most foods, raw is better. In a perfect world (which we don't live in) we'd all eat raw, unprocessed foods ALL the time.
The problem is, raw royal jelly isn't for everyone. Fortunately, quality freeze dried royal jelly works just as well, if not better than the raw product.
So if possible, buy royal jelly that is freeze dried if you're not into a raw product. The key to quality royal jelly and maximizing the benefits of this amazing superfood is no heat!
Tip # 3: Only Buy Royal Jelly That is Cooled Immediately Upon Collection
Royal Jelly contains a vast amount of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are all amazingly beneficial to your health.
Unfortunately, too much heat and light over time can destroy some of these health building nutrients and decrease the quality of your bee pollen.
So, it is important that when you buy royal jelly, you ensure that it has been properly stored and cooled to guarantee its potency and freshness.
Otherwise you risk paying full price for a food devoid of many of its 'superfood' qualities!
Tip # 4 Buy Royal Jelly That Has a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Why take a chance? There are companies out there who stand behind their products 100%.
Don't mess around. Chances are that if a company won't back their royal jelly product 100%, there is a reason and it is probably because they're hiding something.
As a consumer, you are being asked to trust that the RJ manufacturer has NOT sold you an inferior product.
It is very easy for a manufacturer to put low grade, inferior royal jelly in your supplement and charge you full price.
But you'll never know it.
That is until you take the product and it doesn't seem to do anything.
So don't take the risk - only buy royal jelly that has a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee behind it.